June 23, 1884 - October 20, 1959
Born in Gestungshausen, Germany
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A Few Notable Roles Played by Werner Krauss
- As "Conte Dapertutto" in Hoffmanns Erzählungen (1916, English title: Tales of Hoffman), directed by
Richard Oswald, based on the fantastic stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann.
With Kurt Wolowsky, Max Ruhbeck, Paula Ronay, Friedrich Kühne, Lupu Pick, Ernst Ludwig, Nelly Ridon, Ruth Oswald, Andreas Van Horn,
Erich Kaiser-Titz (as E.T.A. Hoffmann), Ferdinand Bonn, Kathe Oswald, Alice Hechy and Thea Sandten.
- As "Dorfschulze" in Der Rache der Toten (1916, English title: Revenge of the Dead), directed by Richard Oswald.
With Ernst Deutsch, Lupu Pick, Rita Clermont, Heinz Sarnow, Sophie Pagay, Anna von Palen and Alfred Breiderhoff.
- In Nächte des Grauens (1916, English translation: Nights of Horror ?), directed by Arthur Robison.
With Emil Jannings, Ossi Oswalda and Lupu Pick.
- In Das Bacchanal des Todes (1917, English translation: Orgy of the Dead ?), directed by Richard Eichberg and written by Karl Schneider.
With Ellen Richter, Erich Kaiser-Titz, Victor Janson, Marga Köhler, Paul Ludwig, Lia Borré and Marie von Buelow.
- As "The Cripple," a fiend who uses a beautiful dancer's sexual allure to entice men to their deaths in the lost silent horror film
Totentanz (1919, English title: Dance of Death), directed by Otto Rippert and written by Fritz Lang.
With Sascha Gura, Richard Kirsch and Joseph Römer.
- As "Nung-Tschang" in Opium (1919), directed by Robert Dinesen.
With Eduard von Winterstein, Sybill Morel, Friedrich Kühne, Hanna Ralph and Conrad Veidt.
- Starring as the mysterious sideshow exhibitor "Dr. Caligari" (who may or may not be the director of an insane asylum),
in the prototypical horror film, the silent classic Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari
(1919, English title: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) , directed by Robert Wiene.
With Conrad Veidt as Cesare the somnambulist, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger, and Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
- (Unconfirmed) In Der Bucklige und die Tänzerin (1920, English title: The Hunchback and the Dancer), directed by F. W. Murnau and written by Carl Mayer.
With Sascha Gura, John Gottowt, Paul Biensfeldt, Henri Peters-Arnolds, Bella Polini and Anna Palen.
Cinematography by Karl Freund.
- As "Robespierre," rival of the title character during the French Revolution, in Danton aka All for a Woman (1921),
directed and written by Dimitri Buchowetzki, based on Georg Büchner's play.
With Emil Jannings, Ossip Runitsch, Ferdinand von Alten, Eduard von Winterstein, Charlotte Ander, Maly Delschaft,
Hilde Woerner, Hugo Döblin, Friedrich Kühne, Robert Scholz, Hans Dreier, Albert Florath, Fritz Kortner and Conrad Veidt.
- In Das Medium (1921, English title: The Medium), directed by Hermann Rosenfeld.
With Lil Dagover.
- As "Iago" in Othello (1922), directed and written by Dimitri Buchowetzki, based on Shakespeare's play.
With Lya De Putti, Emil Jannings (Othello), Friedrich Kühne, Magnus Stifter,
Ferdinand von Alten and Ica von Lenkeffy (Desdemona).
- As "Pontius Pilatus" in I.N.R.I. (1923, English title (1934): Crown of Thorns), directed and written by Robert Wiene,
based on a novel by Peter Rosegger.
With Gregori Chmara (Christus), Henny Portenm, Asta Nielsen, Emanuel Reicher, Alexander Granach (Judas),
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski abd Lionel Royce (credited as Leo Reuß).
- As "Shylock" in Der Kaufmann von Venedig (1923, English title: The Merchant of Venice), directed and written by
Peter Paul Felner, based on Shakespeare's play.
With Henny Porten (Porzia), Willi Allen, Hans Brausewetter, Carl Ebert, Lia Eibenschütz, Carl Geppert, Max Grünberg, Emil Helfer,
Harry Liedtke, Friedrich Lobe, Gustav May, Heinz Rolf Münz, Frida Richard, Claire Rommer,
and Max Schreck (Doge of Venice).
Cinematography by Axel Graatkjaer and Rudolph Maté.
- As "Soldan" in the UK/German production Decameron Nights (1924), directed by Herbert Wilcox, co-produced by Wilcox
and Erich Pommer, based on Boccaccio's novel.
With Lionel Barrymore (Saladin), Ivy Duke, Bernhard Goetzke, Randle Ayrton, Xenia Desni, Jameson Thomas,
Hanna Ralph, Albert Steinrück, Georg John and Samson Thomas.
- As "Jack the Ripper" in Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (1924, English titles: Waxworks, Three Wax Works, Three Wax Men),
directed by Paul Leni and Leo Birinsky (assistant director William Dieterle), written by Henrik Galeen.
With Emil Jannings (Harun al Raschid), Conrad Veidt (Ivan the Terrible), William Dieterle, Olga Belajeff, John Gottowt, Georg John and Ernst Legal.
- As "Bottom the Weaver" in Ein Sommernachtstraum (1924, English title: A Midsummer Night's Dream), directed by Hans Neumann,
co-written by Neumann and Hans Behrendt, based on Shakespeare's play.
With Hans Albers, Charlotte Ander, Theodor Becker, Wilhelm Bendow, Walter Brandt, Valeska Gert, Tamara Geva,
Alexander Granach, Ernst Gronau, Armand Guerra, Paul Günther, Martin Jacob, Lori Leux, André Mattoni and Fritz Rasp.
- As "Butcher of Melchior Street" in Die Freudlose Gasse (1925, English titles: The Joyless Street, The Street of Sorrow),
directed by G.W. Pabst.
Starring Greta Garbo, with Gregori Chmara, Agnes Esterhazy, Karl Etlinger, Jaro Fürth, Valeska Gert,
Max Kohlhase , Edna Markstein, Alexander Murski, Loni Nest, Asta Nielsen,
Henry Stuart, and Tamara.
- In Varieté (1925, English titles: Variety, Jealousy, Vaudeville), directed by E. A. Dupont and produced by Erik Pommer.
With Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Lya De Putti, Warwick Ward, Alice Hechy, Georg John, Kurt Gerron, Paul Rehkopf,
Charles Lincoln, Georg Baselt and Trude Hesterberg.
Cinematography by Karl Freund.
- As the diabolical "Scapinelli" tempting Der Student von Prag (1926, English titles:
The Student of Prague, The Man Who Cheated Life),
directed by Henrik Galeen, written by Galeen and Hanns Heinz Ewers.
With Conrad Veidt (as Balduin, the Student), Fritz Alberti, Marian Alma, Agnes Esterhazy, Erich Kober , Elizza La Porta, Max Maximilian,
Sylvia Torf and Ferdinand von Alten.
- Starring as the title character in Paracelsus, a biopic about the 16th Century German Doctor, directed by the great G.W. Pabst,
and approved for release during the Nazi error (1943).
With Annelies Reinhold, Harry Langewisch, Mathias Wieman, Fritz Rasp, Martin Urtel, Herbert Hübner, Josef Sieber, Rudolf Blümner,
Harald Kreutzberg, Hilde Sessak, Franz Schafheitlin, Victor Janson, Karl Skraup, Erich DunskusInnkeeper, Arthur Wiesner, Franz Stein,
Hanz von Uritz and Egon Vogel.
Paracelsus was one of the authors eagerly read by young Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel — though Victor's father regarded it all
as "sad trash."
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