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Victor Varconi

Lichtbild aus "Der Rebell" 1932

1891 - 1976

The actor Victor Varconi was born as Mihaly Varkonyi in Kisvard, Austria-Hungary. 
He began his film career in Hungary where he appeared in many movies like "Sarga csiko" (13), "Bank Ban" (14) and "Magia" (17). Unfortunately nearly all his early movies got lost.

From 1920 he also played in some German silent movies and showed an impressive performance in "Jenseits von Gut und Böse" (20) and "Nachtbesuch in der Northernbank" (21). It followed the movies "Herren der Meere" (22), directed by Alexander Korda, "Versunkene Welten" (22), "Sodom und Gomorrha" (22) and "Namenlos" (23). 

Because of his part in "Sodom und Gomorrha" director Cecil B. DeMille became aware of Victor Varconi and engaged him for the movie "Changing Husbands" in 1924, directed by Frank Urson. Victor Varconi got positive critics and was employed by DeMille for the movies "Feet of Clay" (24) and "Triumph" (24).

After this successful excurion to the USA he came back to Germany where he played again under the direction of Alexander Korda in the movie "Der Tänzer meiner Frau" (25) where he played together with his wife Maria Corda. With her he also acted in the two Italian productions "L'uomo piu allegro di Vienna" (26) and "Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii" (26).

After that he returned to the USA once more where he appeared in many movies of all genres like "For Wives Only" (26), "The King of Kings" (27), "The Angel of Broadway" (27), "Chicago" (27), "Eternal Love" (29) and finally "The Divine Lady" (29) for the remaining time of the silent movie era.

On the peak of his career he came to an abrupt end with the transition to the talkies. He no longer did become offers for leading roles. For the time being he acted in German versions of American movies.Nevertheless he managed to appear regular on the screen for the next two decades. Among others he acted in the movies "Men in Her Life" (31), "Der Rebell" (32), "Roberta" (35), "The Plainsman" (36), "Trouble in Morocco" (37), "Suez" (38), "Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation" (39), "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (43), "The Hitler Gang" (44) and "Unconquered" (47).

Victor Varconi was among others married with the actress Nusi Aranyossy who was active as a silent movie actress for Semper Film.

Other movies with Victor Varconi:
A nagymama (16) 99 (18) Die sieben Todsünden (20) Die Sonne Asiens (20) Die Trommeln Asiens (20) Arme Violetta (20) Junge Mama (21) Aus den Tiefen der Grossstadt (21) Es waren zwei Königskinder... (21) Die Tragödie eines verschollenen Fürstensohnes (22) Die Lawine (23) Der junge Medardus (23) Prinz Karneval (23) Prinz Karneval (23) Poisoned Paradise (24) Changing Husbands (24) Worldly Goods (24) Der Tänzer meiner Frau (25) Ballettratten (25) The Volga Boatman (26) Silken Shackles (26) Fighting Love (27) The Little Adventuress (27) The Forbidden Woman (27) Sinner's Parade (28) Tenth Avenue (28) Madonna im Fegefeuer (29) Mein Herz gehört dir... (29) Die grosse Sehnsucht (30) Captain Thunder (30) Die Warschauer Zitadelle (30) Doctors' Wives (31) The Black Camel (31) Safe in Hell (31) The Doomed Battalion (32) The Song You Gave Me (33) La traviesa molinera (34) Menace (34) Mister Dynamite (35) A Feather in Her Hat (35) Dancing Pirate (36) Men in Exile (37) Big City (37) King of the Newsboys (38) Submarine Patrol (38) The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (39) Everything Happens at Night (39) Disputed Passage (39) Strange Cargo (40) The Sea Hawk (40) Pound Foolish (40) Federal Fugitives (41) Forced Landing (41) My Favorite Blonde (42) Reap the Wild Wind (42) They Raid by Night (42) The Story of Dr. Wassell (44) Scotland Yard Investigator (45) Unconquered (47) Where There's Life (47) Pirates of Monterey (47) Samson and Delilah (49) Serie "The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre: Once a Gentleman" (50) Serie "Studio One: The Roman Kid" (53) The Man Who Turned to Stone (57) The Atomic Submarine (59)