Walter Slezak

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Walter Slezak (German pronunciation: [ˌvaltɐ ˈslɛzak]; 3 May 1902 – 21 April 1983) was an Austrian-born film and stage actor active between 1922 and 1976. He mainly appeared in German films before migrating to the United States in 1930 and performing in numerous Hollywood productions.[1]

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Walter Slezak
Slezak c. 1922
Born(1902-05-03)3 May 1902
Died21 April 1983(1983-04-21) (aged 80)
Resting placeRottach-Egern, Germany
Years active1922–1980
SpouseJohanna Van Rijn (m. 1943)
Children3, including Erika Slezak
AwardsTony Award (1955)

Slezak typically portrayed wily and loquacious characters, often philosophical, and often with a taste for food, drink, and fine living. He played a crafty villain as a U-boat captain in Alfred Hitchcock's film Lifeboat (1944), a charming, two-timing major domo to a tycoon in Come September (1961), and a wandering gypsy in The Inspector General (1949). He stood out as shrewd, unscrupulous private investigators in film noir, as in Cornered (1945) and Born to Kill (1947).