1894 - 1971
The actor Hans Unterkircher began his career at the theater. He was spotted by the legendary Max Reinhardt during a performance in Aussig an der Elbe and he engaged him for Berlin.
Afterwards he was contracted by Rudolf Christians at the Irving Place theatre in New York. He travelled together with the actor Conrad Veidt and the director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau to the USA. His engagement at this theatre ended with the declaration of war between the USA and Germany and theatre was closed temporarily.
Hans Unterkircher also took part in silent movies at a young age. His first movies were shot in the USA for Carl Laemmle where he appeared among others in "The Last Man" (16) at Corinne Griffith's side, in Tod Browning's "The Deciding Kiss" (18) and "The Brazen Beauty" (18) with Priscilla Dean. In the last two mentioned movies he acted under his pseudonym Thornton Church.
When Hans Unterkircher went to Germany he continued his film career
with support roles in movies like "Die sterbende Stadt" (22), the classic
"Der letzte Mann" (24) and "Die abenteuerliche Hochzeit" (25).
To his well-known movies in the 30's and 40's belong "Die Pompadour"
(35), "Premiere" (36), "Hotel Sacher" (39), "Jenny und der Herr im Frack"
(41) and "Wien 1910" (42).
After the war you could see him in movies like "An klingenden Ufern"
(49), which he also directed, "Um Thron und Liebe" (55), "Sissi - Schicksalsjahre
einer Kaiserin" (57), "Der brave Soldat Schwejk" (60), "Charleys Tante"
(63) and the TV serial "Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne" (71).
Other movies with Hans Unterkircher: