Paul Muni

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  • Birth Name: Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund
  • Birth Place: Lemberg, Austria-Hungary
  • Died: August 25, 1967
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Joined the Yiddish Art Theatre in 1918.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the play We Americans in 1926.
  • Was nominated for an Academy Award for both his first film, The Valiant (1929) and his last film, The Last Angry Man (1959), making him only the second person to hold this distinction, after James Dean.
  • Won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in 1937 for his portrayal of the title character in The Life of Emile Zola.
  • Lost his left eye to a tumor in 1955; he briefly had to bow out of his starring role in Inherit the Wind on Broadway to recover from the surgery.
  • Came out of retirement to guest star on television's Saints and Sinners in 1962.

Awards

  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
  • 1936, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1935, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1929, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1933, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1956, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Winner

Relationships

  • Michael Tilson Thomas — Cousin
  • Bella Finkel — Wife
  • Boris Thomashefsky — Uncle
  • Salli Weisenfreund — Mother
  • Phillip Weisenfreund — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund
  • Birth Place: Lemberg, Austria-Hungary
  • Died: August 25, 1967
  • Profession: Actor