12 Facts About Paul Lukas


Paul Lukas was later adopted by Maria and Janos Lukacs, an advertising executive.


Paul Lukas made his stage debut in Budapest in 1916 and his film debut in 1917.


Paul Lukas had a successful stage and film career in Hungary, Germany, and Austria, where he worked with Max Reinhardt.


Paul Lukas arrived in Hollywood in 1927 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1937.


Paul Lukas was busy in the 1930s, appearing in such films as the melodrama Rockabye, the crime caper Grumpy, Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, the comedy Ladies in Love, and the drama Dodsworth.


Paul Lukas followed William Powell and Basil Rathbone portraying the series detective Philo Vance, a cosmopolitan New Yorker, once in The Casino Murder Case.


Paul Lukas's major film success came in Watch on the Rhine, where he played a man working against the Nazis, a role he originated in the Broadway premiere of the play of the same name in 1941.

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Paul Lukas received the New York Film Critics Award for his performance.


Paul Lukas starred as Professor Aronnax in Walt Disney's film version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


Paul Lukas's only singing role was as Cosmo Constantine in the original 1950 Broadway stage version of Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam, opposite Ethel Merman for over 600 performances.


Paul Lukas died 15 August 1971, in Tangier, Morocco, reportedly while searching for a place to spend his retirement years.


Paul Lukas was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard on February 8,1960.