Hörbiger, Attila

BORN 21 Apr 1896, Budapest - DIED 27 Apr 1987, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Grinzinger Friedhof, 19., An den langen Lüssen 33 (Gruppe 06, Reihe 3, Nummer 3)

Attila Hörbiger grew up in Budapest and learnt to act at the Schauspielschule in Berlin. He debuted in 1919 at the Theater an der Wiener Neustadt.

His first movie part was in the silent movie "Sodom and Gomorra" (1922). In the thirties he played more important parts and in the war years he played next to his wife Paula Wessely in the propaganda movie "Heimkehr" (1941). Unlike many other other actors he had no trouble to continue his acting career after the war and he played in many more movies.

He never left the theatre during his movie career. From 1928 until 1950 he worked at the Theater in de Josefstadt in Vienna and from 1950 until 1975 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, of which he became a Honorary Member in 1971. The last part he played was in Raimund's "Der Diamant des Geisterkönigs" in 1985 in Vienna. In 1966 he had won the Grillparzer Ring and in 1985 the Raimund Ring.

The actor Paul Hörbiger was his brother. They were on bad terms for many years, but made it up in old age.

• Wife: Wessely, Paula (1935-1987, Wien: Rathaus)

23/12/1939First performance of Paula Wessely in a play by Shakespeare. It took place in Vienna and the play was a German version of "The Taming of the Shrew". She appeared next to her husband Attila Hörbiger. [Wessely, Paula]


The grave of Attila Hörbiger and Paula Wessely at the Grinzinger Friedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (29 Aug 2002)


Attila Hörbiger.


• Pleyel, Peter, Friedhöfe in Wien, Vom Mittelalter bis Heute, Pichler Edition, Wien, 1999
Paula Wessely – Wikipedia

Horn, Camilla

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 01 Jan 2024