1894 - 1962
The actor Ivan Petrovich was born as Swetislaw Petrovic in Novi Sad, Serbia.
After a study at the polytechnic in Prague and Belgrade he had to interrupt his study in 1916 and was called up in Serbia.
After the end of World War I he decided to enter a complete new professional way and he went to Paris where he was able to appear as an opera singer. His singing career led him from France to Germany and finally to the USA.
He made his first experiences in the film business in Hungary and Austria. To his early movies belong "Die Dame mit den Sonnenblumen" (18), "Homo immanis" (19) and "Der Stern von Damaskus" (20).
Ivan Petrovich moved self-confident on the international parquet. In France he appeared in the movie "La femme nue" (26), in the USA in "The Garden of Allah" (27) and in Germany in "Alraune" (28).
The sound film era offered him a new challenge and thanks to his singing talent he soon became interesting offers for musicals and entertainment movies. To his well-known movies of this time belong "Die Fledermaus" (31), "Der Feldherrnhügel" (32), "Manolescu, der Fürst der Diebe" (33), "Der letzte Walzer" (34), "Der rote Reiter" (35), "Unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit" (37) and "Die Nacht der Entscheidung" (38).
Ivan Petrovich took part in the movies "Feinde" (40) and "Einmal der
liebe Herrgott sein" (42) during the war time, after the war he continued
his career with movies like "Der Prozess" (48), "Verlorenes Rennen" (50),
"Das letzte Rezept" (51), "Fritz und Friederike" (52), "Sissi - Die junge
Kaiserin" (56) and finally "Fahrstuhl zum Schafott" (57), which was a kind
of a homage to his past film works.
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