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Paul Muni


Paul Muni (Paul Muni, September 22,1895-august 25,1967) is an austrian-born American stage and film actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He has his own star insignia at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the 1930s and 1940s, he also made films such as the Good Earth, which helped Luise Rainer earn a Academy Award for Best Actress. However, because of his dissatisfaction with Hollywood, he began to fade out of the film industry. He focused on the stage for the rest of his career, winning the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor in 1956. As a result of rheumatism, he began to fade away from acting career. Muni died of a heart condition on August 25,1967.

Paul Muni's parents were both actors and the family moved to the United States in 1902. He attended public schools in Cleveland and New York, and began appearing on stage at age 12, playing an 80 year old man in seven separate roles. After high school he went to study at a theater in New York for four years. He first appeared on the New York stage in 1907, but it wasn't until 1926 that he began to play an English speaking role. In 1928, he signed a contract with the 20th Century Fox. In 1929, he made his first English speaking film, The Valiant, and his first appearance earned him a Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, only six times in history. But the film, and the one that followed, did poorly, and Muni had to return to Broadway.