Georg John

Georg John (July 23, 1879 – November 18, 1941) was a German stage and film actor. Georg John was born in Schmiegel, Province of Posen, Imperial Germany. John began his career around 1900 in smaller stages and traveling theatres. In 1904 he was engaged at the Theater of Wilhelmshaven, followed by appearances at Stolp in 1905, Altona, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Bochum and Göttingen. In 1914 John worked as an actor and producer for Vaterländische Schauspiele in Vienna. In 1917 John first appeared in silent movies, playing a Tibetan monk in Die Fremde (The Foreigner), and Death in Hilde Warren und der Tod (Hilde Warren and Death). These roles were typical of the kinds of parts he would become known for, even if, at first, he was more often seen as a father, husband or dignitary. Beginning in the 1920s, John appeared in the films of notable German filmmakers, where he often played bizarre, gnome-like figures, such as the beggar in Fritz Lang's Der müde Tod (Tired Death, 1921, released in English as Destiny), and the blind balloon seller who recognizes the murderer due to a whistled song in 1931's M. For F. W.


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