1894 - 1956
The actor Oskar Karlweis became a very popular actor in entertainment movies at the beginning of the talkies. But his much promising career became abruptly ended in 1933 because of the National Socialists.
He grew up in an artistic surrounding. His father was a successful writer in Austria under the pen name C. Karlweis and his older sister Marta Weiss was also a writer. So Oskar Karlweis also entered an artistic career.
He began as an actor at the theater and gave guest performances in Vienna, Munich and Berlin at different stages. Especially with operettas by Johann Strauss Sohn he had great successes as an actor, singer and dancer (Die Fledermaus, Wiener Blut, 1001 Nacht).
Oskar Karlweis made his film debut in 1926 with "Schenk mir das Leben"
(26), two years later followed an other silent movie called "Liebe im Kuhstall"
But with the assumption of power by the National Socialists the Jew
Oskar Karlweis had to emigrate. He went to his home country Austria and
was able to continue his career at the Kammerspielen and at the Theater
in der Josefstadt.
Eventually Austria wasn't a any longer a protective haven for him and
he had to emigrate via Switzerland and lCzechoslovakia to Paris. Two years
later he went to Portugal, Spain and finally to the USA.
Oskar Karlweis returned to Vienna in 1948 for the first time after war
where he was welcomed be an enthusiastic audience. He had a successful
comeback at the theater and commuted between Austria and the USA in the
Today the name Oskar Karlweis nearly fell into oblivion.
Other movies with Oskar Karlweis: