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Character actor, Walter Slezak, was born on May 3, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. Slezak died at the age of 81 on Apr 21, 1983 in Flower Hill, NY .


Tubby, mustachioed Walter Slezak was an Austrian actor just as likely to play affable or menacing characters. A welcome part of any film, he was probably most memorable as the German on Hitchcock's Lifeboat. He had two bursts of intense film activity, in Germany from 1924 to 1928 and in Hollywood from 1942 to 1954, having been in America since the early 1930s. Otherwise he appeared mostly on stage. He was also a writer and humorist. He retired in 1972, but in 1983 committed suicide by shooting himself.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Capt. Laurent Van Horn: We were blown off our course by a hurricane, and our ship crashed on the rocks outside your harbor.
Don Juan Alvarado: Most inconsiderate of my rocks. I shall have them reprimanded.

Papa Vittorio Martelli: Mr Hunter what kind of joke are you joking - you went out for dinner with Maria and come back with Nina.

Robert L. Talbot: [looking at his villa] Isn't that a new color?
Maurice Clavell: I beg your pardon?
Robert L. Talbot: I said, isn't that a new color?
Maurice Clavell: [chuckles] Houses are like women; The older they get, the more paint they need.

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Grandfather of actress Amanda Davies and actor Tobias Slezak.

Although thin and healthy when he began his film career in the 1920s, by the 1930s, he had gained much weight. He committed suicide by shooting himself in the backyard of his home in Flower Hill, New York, apparently in despair over several illnesses he was dealing with by then.

Father-in-law of actor Brian Davies.

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