Alexander Granach

Alexander Granach (April 18, 1890 – March 14, 1945) was a popular German actor in the 1920s and 1930s.

He was born Jessaja Granach in "Wierzbowce" (or Werbiwci) (Horodenka district, Austrian Galicia then, now "Verbovtsy", Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine) to Jewish parents and rose to theatrical prominence at the Volksbühne in Berlin. Granach entered films in 1922; among the most widely exhibited of his silent efforts was the 1922 vampire classic "Nosferatu", in which the actor was cast as Knock, the lunatic counterpart to Dracula's Renfield. He was co-starred in such major early German talkies as Kameradschaft (1931). Granach, being Jewish, fled to the Soviet Union when Hitler came to power. When the Soviet Union also proved too inhospitable, he settled in Hollywood, where he made his first American film appearance as Kopalski in Ernst Lubitsch's "Ninotchka". Granach proved indispensable to big-studio filmmakers during the war years, effectively portraying both dedicated Nazis (he was Julius Streicher in The "Hitler Gang") and loyal anti-fascists. His last film appearance was in MGM's "The Seventh Cross" (1944), in which virtually the entire supporting cast was comprised of prominent European refugees. Alexander Granach's autobiography, "There Goes an Actor", was published in 1945, the year of his death.

Alexander Granach died on March 14th 1945 in New York after an appendectomy from a pulmonary embolism.

His son, Gad Granach, currently lives in Jerusalem and has written his own memoir with many references to his father.

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Literature

* Alexander Granach: There Goes an Actor, Doubleday, Dorian and Co, Inc., Garden City 1945, ASIN B0007DSBEM
* Alexander Granach: Da geht ein Mensch, Ölbaum-Verlag, Augsburg 2003, (Neuauflage) ISBN 3-927217-38-7
* Albert Klein/Raya* Gad Granach: Heimat los!, Ölbaum-Verlag, Augsburg 1997, ISBN 3-927217-31-X; Random House/Bertlesmann edition, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-442-73630-0
*Gad Granach: Where is Home? Stories from the Life of a German-Jewish Émigré, Yekkepotz Press, Kindle edition, Los Angeles 2008, ASIN B001BARVF0


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