1873 - 1946
The singer and actor Leo Slezak was one of the most popular tenors at the beginning of the 20th century.
After an education as a gardener and locksmith he made his debut as a singer in Brünn in 1896 and launched from 1901 an unique career at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 1926 he became an honorary member of this opera house.
He was appointed a Kammersänger in 1950 had he had great successes at tne New York Metropolitan Opera from 1909 to 1912.
His most famous performances he had as a Verdi and Wagner singer.
Leo Slezak conquered the big screen in 1932 and impersonated often funny characters.In the 30's he took part in countless productions like "Ein toller Einfall" (32), "Moderne Mitgift" (32), "La Paloma" (34), "Die Pompadour" (35), "Die ganze Welt dreht sich um Liebe" (35), "Konfetti" (36), "Gasparone" (37), "Frau am Steuer" (39) and "Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht" (39).
In the 40's followed other well-known movies like "Operette" (40), "Der Herr im Haus" (40) and finally his last great success as sultan Abdul-Hamid in the movie "Münchhausen" (43).
His children Walter Slezak as an actor and
Margarete Slezak as a singer continued the artistic tradition of the family.
Other movies with Leo Slezak: