1903 - 1980
The actor Willi Forst was born as Wilhelm Anton Frohs in Vienna. He made his first theater experiences on amateur stages and in 1919 he got a stage engagement in Teschen in spite of a missing acting training. Over different small theaters he came to the top and got a contract for the Berliner Metropo-Theater for operettas and revues in 1925. In 1928 followed an engagement to Max Reinhardt's "Deutsches Theater".
Willi Forst appeared very early in the medium film. His first film work
goes back to 1920 where he played in "Der Wegweiser". It followed further
movies like "Sodom und Gomorrah" (22) and "Strandgut" (24).
With the movie "Atlantic" (29), his first sound film, he attracted huge
attention because of a scene where he sat at the piano and sang a song
during the ship was doomed to the sinking.
Together with the occupation of Austria he realized a string of movies which knew how to portray the spirit of Austria in an impressive way. To his popular productions of this time belong "Bel Ami" (39), "Ich bin Sebastian Ott" (39), "Operette" (40), "Wiener Blut" (42) and "Frauen sind keine Engel" (43).
Willi Forst couldn't continue his successes of the past years. Only the movie "Die Sünderin" was a box-office hit, not least because the movie was attacked and boycotted in the run-up to. The movie became the biggest scandal film of the German post-war film history because of a tiny nude scene of actress Hildegard Knef and because of the obvious glorifying of suicide.
After movies like "Im weissen Rössl" (52), "Weg in die Vergangenheit"
(54), "Ein Mann vergisst die Liebe" (55) and "Wien, Du Stadt meiner Träume"
(57) he withdrew from the film business with the words::
Willi Forst reminds in memory as an elegant ladykiller, dressed in tails
and top hat, who knew how to bewitch women.
Other movies with Willi Forst (Actor,