Max Schreck

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Birthday
6, 1879
Birthplace
Berlin, Germany
Death Date
Feb 20, 1936 (56)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
6, 1879
Birthplace
Berlin, Germany
Death Date
Feb 20, 1936 (56)

About

Gaunt actor who played the vampire Count Orlok in the 1922 silent classic film, Nosferatu. He received additional recognition for his roles in the 1922 film, The Merchant of Venice, and the 1928 film, The Republic of Flappers.

Before Fame

Beginning his acting in a pre-movie era, he appeared on stage in a production of Bertolt Brecht's Trommeln in der Nacht (Drums in the Night).

Trivia

His Count Orok character was based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the film company that made Nosferatu declared bankruptcy after its release to avoid paying royalties to Bram Stoker's family.

Family Life

His father disapproved of his acting career, but his mother secretly funded his studies.

Associated With

His part in creating Nosferatu was fictionalized in the 2000 movie, Shadow of the Vampire, starring Willem Dafoe .