Farkas, Karl

ACTOR, HUMORIST, DIRECTOR (AUSTRIA)
BORN 28 Oct 1893, Wien - DIED 16 May 1971, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 C, nummer 34)

Karl Farkas'parents wanted him to study law, but he decided to become an actor. He was educated in Vienna and debuted in Olmütz. After working in Austria and Moravia, in 1921 he was engaged by Egon Dorn for the Simp cabaret. There he appeared in conferences with Fritz Grünbaum. In 1924 he married the actress Anny Hán. In 1926 he took over the Wiener Stadttheater together with Grünbaum and in 1927 he became the leader of Simpl.

In 1938 he was forced to leave Austria. He travelled to Brno and then Paris, where he worked with Oskar Karlweis. when he was forced to leave France as well he went to the USA where he performed for exiles together with Karlweis.

In 1946 he went back to Vienna and in 1950 he returned to Simp. He was its director until his death in 1971. He also worked as a writer for other revues. From 1957 onwards he appeared regularly on Austrian television.

Related persons
• cooperated with Karlweiss, Oskar
• had a relationship with Martens, Valerie von

Sources
Karl Farkas - Wikipedia
Farkas, Karl
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien

Images

The grave of Karl Farkas at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2007)

 


Farrar, Geraldine

Published: 3 Aug 2008
Last update: 3 Aug 2008