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Karl Forest

Foto: Franz Löwy (1883-1949)

1874 - 1944

The actor Karl Forest was born as Karl Obertimpfler in Vienna.

He began his stage career in 1894, two years later followed an engagement in Passau. Other engagments followed in Karlsruhe, Heilbronn, Munich, Hamburg and finally Berlin.

He soon became popular with his comical roles.

He returned to Vienna in 1917 where he worked at different theaters as an actor and director.

He joined the film business in 1919 and he took part in the productions "Der Schriftmagier" (19) and "Der letzte Knopf" (19).

In the 20s followed numerous other silent movies, among them "Die Maske der Schuld" (22), "Hoffmanns Erzählungen" (23), "Ssanin" (24), "Der Rosenkavalier" (25), "Der Feldherrnhügel" (26), "Vater Radetzky" (29) playing the title role and "Die kleine Veronika" (29).

He continued his film career successfully in the 30s and he played roles in "Der Zinker" (31), "Wehe, wenn er losgelassen" (32), "Der Hexer" (32), "Leise flehen meine Lieder" (33), "Eva" (35), "Lumpacivagabundus" (36) and "Frau im Strom" (39).

His last cinematical work came into being for "Donauschiffer" (40).

Besides his activity as an actor Karl Forest also realised few movies as a director like "Der Dämon des Grand-Hotel Majestic" (22) and "Der Zinker" (31).

When Karl Forest was delivered to the rest home Lainz because of health reasons he was murdered by an air injection. Under the disguise of the so-called euthanasia he was categorized as a life unworthy of life by the National Socialist's ideology.

Karl Forest was married with the actress Traute Carlsen.

Other movies with Karl Forest:
Der Schlüssel zu Macht (21) Olga Frohgemut (21) Der Dämon des Grand Hotel Majestic (22) Der Geldteufel (23) Pension Groonen (25) Die Königin von Moulin Rouge (26) Der Gardeoffizier (27) Der falsche Feldmarschall (30) Mamsell Nitouche (31) Die grausame Freundin (32) Sonnenstrahl (33) Lockspitzel Asew (35) Heut' ist der schönste Tag in meinem Leben (35) Florentine (37) Unsterblicher Walzer (39)

Die Fledermaus (31)