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Ernst Matray

Picture Ernst Matray
Foto: Wilhelm Willinger (1879-1943)

1891 - 1978

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The actor Ernst Matray began his successful career at the theater with the engagement to the Deutsche Theater by the great Max Reinhardt. Because of his talent to impersonate odd figures he was soon engaged for different outsider figures. He impersonated a hunchback in "Sumurun" (08), a fool in "Das Mirakel" (11) where he also found out his dancing ability which was of advantage when he had to emigrate much later.

Ernst Matray made his film debut with the theater adaption "Das Mirakel" (13), it followed other roles in "Die Insel der Seligen" (13) and "Die Erbtante" (14). 
At the beginning of 1915 he founded together with Ernst Lubitsch the Malu-Film company. Ernst Matray often played together with the actress Katta Sterna in this time who completed one another to a ideal film couple.

Ernst Matray appeared among others in the movies "Weltbrand" (20) and "Nathan der Weise" (22) in the 20's but he was so busy with engagements at theaters that he nearly had a time for filming.

Ernst Matray got married with the actress Maria Solveg in 1927, a sister of Katta Sterna, and they continued their career together. 

The married couple had to emigrated via England to the USA in 1933. Through Wilhelm Dieterle and Reinhold Schünzel they were able to gain a foothold in Hollywood. There he started together with his wife a new career as a choreographer for well-known movies. Among them are classics like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Der Glöckner von Notre Dame" (39), "Pride and Prejudice - Stolz und Vorurteil" (40) and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Arzt und Dämon" (41).
In order to get by financially the couple also sold apartments along the way.

Ernst Matray was among others married with the actress Greta Schröder.
 

Other movies with Ernst Matray (Actor, Director, Writer, Producer):
Eine venezianische Nacht (13) Tangofieber (13) Das Liebesbarometer (14) Des Lebens ungemischte Freude (14) Mein Name ist Spiesecke (14) Verlobt für eine Nacht (14) Die Direktion verlobt sich (14) Aufs eis geführt (15) Zucker und Zimt (15) In Treue fest/Erkämpfte Liebe (15) Die Goldfelder von Jacksonville (15) Marionetten (15) Das Sportsmädel (15) Die bösen Buben (15) Der kleine und der grosse Lump (15) Die wilde Blume (15) Teufelchen (15) Die verkaufte Braut (15) Das Phantom der Oper (16) Ramara (16) Schloss Phantom (16) Sollen Frauen studieren? (16) Hilde Warren und der Tod (17) Der Liebesathlet (18) Der fliegende Holländer (19) Der Rodel-Indianer (19) Liebes-Irrungen (19) Das Verlobungsfernrohr (19) Ein genialer Einfall (19) Als ich eine Leche war (19) O du Quetschfalte meines Herzens (20) Verklebte Liebe (20) Weltbrand (20) Wer's Glück hat, führt die Braut heim (20) Kameraden (21) Nathan der Weise (22) Die wunderlichen Geschichten des Theodor Huber (24) Adventure in Music (44) Der König mit dem Regenschirm (54) Musik, Musik und nur Musik (55) Abschiedsvorstellung (55)

Other movies with Ernst Matray (Choreography):
Dolly macht Karriere (30) Balalaika (39) Florian (40) Waterloo Bridge - Ihr erster Mann (40) Dance, Girl, Dance (40) Bitter Sweet (40) A Woman's Face - Erpressung" (41) The Chocolate Soldier (41) I Married an Angel (42) Seven Sweethearts - Sieben junge Herzen (42) White Cargo (42) Random Harvest - Gefundene Jahre (42) The Human Comedy - ...und das Leben geht weiter (43) Presenting Lily Mars (43) Higher and Higher (43) Swing Fever (43) Step Lively (44) Delightfully Dangerous (45) George White's Scandals (45) The Mating Season - SOS-Zwei Schwiegermütter (50) Fräulein vom Amt (54) An jedem Finger zehn (54)


 
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