|ACTOR, DIRECTOR (AUSTRIA)|
BORN 7 Apr 1903, Wien - DIED 11 Aug 1980, Wien: Hanusch-Krankenhaus |
REAL NAME Frohs, Wilhelm
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Neustift am Walde Friedhof, Pötzleinsdorfer Höhe 2 (Gruppe L, Reihe 10, Nummer 24)
Willy Forst started as an amateur actor and in 1919 he was engaged at the theatre in Teschen without having had any acting education. He worked in several cities in Bohemia and at the Metropol-Theater in Berlin, the Carl-Theater in Vienna, the Theater des Westens in Berlin and at the Apollotheater in Vienna before Max Reinhardt engaged him at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in 1928.
In the twenties he also started a movie career, appearing in the first German sound movie "Atlantik" in 1929. His musical comdeis like "Zwei Herzen im 3/4 Takt" were very succesful. In 1933 he worked as a director as well. In 1940 he refused a part in the nazo propaganda movie "Jud Süss". After the war his movie "Die "Sunderin" (1951) caused a scandal because Hildegard Knef could be seen naked as a model for a painter. After "Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume" (1957) he withdrew from the cinema.
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