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Victor Varconi

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Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi 1934.jpg
Varconi in 1934
Born
Mihály Várkonyi

(1891-03-31)31 March 1891
Died6 June 1976(1976-06-06) (aged 85)
Santa Barbara, California, US
Other namesMichael Varkonyi
OccupationActor
Years active1913–1959
Spouse(s)
Anna Aranyosy
(m. 1919; died 1949)

Lilliane Varconi
(m. 19??; his death 1976)

Victor Varconi (born Mihály Várkonyi, 31 March 1891 – 6 June 1976) was a Hungarian actor who initially found success in his native country, as well as in Germany and Austria, in silent films before relocating to the United States, where he continued to appear in films throughout the sound era. Varconi also appeared in British and Italian films.

Biography

Born in Kisvárda, Austria-Hungary, Varconi was the first Hungarian actor to make a film in the United States.

Varconi was educated at a commercial school in Hungary, after which he worked for an insurance company as a solicitor. After he developed an interest in acting, he attended the Actor Art High School in Budapest, from which he progressed to acting with the National Theatre in Budapest. While there, he performed in works that included Shakespearean plays and Molnar's Liliom and The Wolf. He went on to act with a Hungarian film company and in U. F. A. films in Berlin.[1]

He worked under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, and played Pontius Pilate in DeMille's 1927 production of The King of Kings. That same year, he played Amos Hart, husband of murderess Roxie Hart, in the first film version of Chicago.

Varconi in Roberta (1935)
Varconi in Roberta (1935)

Because of his Hungarian accent, Varconi's popularity waned with the advent of sound films and he was cast in smaller parts, often playing Hispanic characters. He worked on the New York City stage and wrote for radio.

He died from a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California on 6 June 1976 at the age of 85, survived by his second wife, Lilliane.[2] He was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, California, US.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ "Victor Varoni in Pathe's 'Chicago'". The Yonkers Herald. Yonkers, New York. 28 January 1928. p. 5. Retrieved 1 March 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Várkonyi Mihály Életrajz". www.szineszkonyvtar.hu.

External links

This page was last edited on 15 September 2021, at 09:16
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