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Alexander Polonsky

1860 - 1944

The actor Alexander Polonsky was engaged as a performer in some silent movies in the 20's.

He acted for the first time in front of the camera for "Die Hölle von Barballo" (23) at the side of Grit Haid and Albert Kersten.

It followed the role of the innkeeper Jankel in "Taras Bulba" (24) with Oscar Marion, Helena Makowska, Clementine Plessner and J.N. Douvan-Tarzow in the title role.

Other silent films followed with "Depths of the Big City" (24) with Oscar Marion and Olga Yushakova, "Volga Volga" (28) with Hans-Adalbert Schlettow, Lillian Hall-Davis, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Valy Arnheim and Gustl Gstettenbaur and "The Tsar's Adjutant" (29) with Ivan Mosjukin, Carmen Boni, Eugen Burg, Fritz Alberti and Alexander Granach.

In the role of a nobleman he acted in his only sound film "Troika" (30) with Hans-Adalbert Schlettow, Hilde von Stolz, Olga Tschechowa and Friedrich Gnass.

In addition to his work as an actor, he also worked as a make-up artist, for example in the film "Wolga Wolga" (29).

After his film career he concentrated on the stage again and he founded the cabaret "Bei den Künstlern" in 1937 and he appeared as an entertainer. In the same year he celebrated his 50th anniversary as an artist.

He died in Paris on June 16, 1944.