Curt Bois

Curt Bois

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Musik
*05.04.1901 Berlin; †25.12.1991 Berlin

Biography

Curt Bois was born April 5, 1901, in Berlin and already at the age of seven played the character of Heinerle in Leo Fall's operetta "Der fidele Bauer". Bois then appeared in numerous children's parts on stage. But he was also seen on the screen: Together with his sister Ilse, Bois starred in the comedy series "Max und Moritz von heutzutage".

From 1914 to 1920, Bois toured Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland as a "salon comedian" and worked for several Berlin revues and cabarets from the beginning of the 1920s on. In his popular songs, Bois dissolved the often nonsensical texts to the point of scat singing. Later, he was seen in comedy characters in Berlin. From 1926 on, Bois then also appeared in film comedies such as "Der Jüngling aus der Konfektion". He successfully managed the change to sound film as he celebrated a surprise success with "Der Schlemihl" in 1931 and sang and danced with Dolly Haas in the grotesque musical comedy "Ein steinreicher Mann" ("A Tremendously Rich Man"). Bois at that time mainly played spry and fidgety employees whose hyperactivity causes a lot of confusion. But he also took "little and least" parts to make a living.

In 1933, Bois and his wife Hedi Ury went into exile and finally reached New York in 1934. After working on Broadway, Bois moved on to Hollywood. His contacts to several already established emigrants allowed him easy access to the film business. Bois starred in Anatole Litvak's "Tovarich" and played a dextrous pickpocket in the emigrant melodram "Casablanca" by Michael Curtiz.

In 1950, Bois returned to Germany. He moved to East Berlin and mainly performed on stage. In 1955, Bois made his own production of the farce "Ein Polterabend" into a movie. This was his only film as a director after the war. For the lack of interesting role offers, Bois then moved to West Berlin where he was initially boycotted. But from 1957 on, Bois starred in several Fritz Kortner productions. After numerous theatre productions Bois retreated from the stage in 1978.

Screen-wise, Bois had limited himself to TV productions during the mid-1960s and starred in the leading role as Simon Norton in Peter Zadek's "Der Pott" (1971). But Bois also knew how to strike viewers in minor roles, for instance as gravedigger Bühler in Alexander von Eschwege's "Flächenbrand". Wim Wenders put Bois in his Berlin hommage "Der Himmel über Berlin" alongside Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander. This role won Bois the European film prize.

Curt Bois died on December 25, 1991, in Berlin.

Filmography

1988 Das letzte Band
Participation
 
1986/1987 Der Himmel über Berlin
Cast
 
1985 »So schlecht war mir noch nie...« Ein Abend mit Curt Bois
Cast
 
1984/1985 War was, Ricky?
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 4. Adieu Claire
Cast
 
1984 Häschen mit Brille.
Cast
 
1983 Haus Vaterland. Eine sehr deutsche Revue
Cast
 
1983 Auf Leben und Tod
Cast
 
1982/1983 Aufstehen und Widersetzen
Cast
 
1982/1983 Die wilden Fünfziger
Cast
 
1981/1982 Gedächtnis. Ein Film für Curt Bois und Bernhard Minetti
Cast
 
1980/1981 Der Schützling
Cast
 
1980/1981 Flächenbrand
Cast
 
1980/1981 Das Boot ist voll
Cast
 
1980 Gesucht wird... Drei Geschichten um nicht ganz ehrenwerte Herren
Cast
 
1980 Curt Bois oder Mit Heinerle fing alles an
Cast
 
1979/1980 Der Mond scheint auf Kylenamoe
Cast
 
1979/1980 Wochenendgeschichten
Cast
 
1979 Die Alten kommen
Cast
 
1979 Liebe, Tod und Heringshäppchen
Cast
 
1979 Das Idol von Mordassow
Cast
 
1977 Das Rentenspiel
Cast
 
1977 Toccata und Fuge
Cast
 
1974 Strychnin und saure Drops
Cast
 
1974 Schwierigkeiten eines Außenseiters
Cast
 
1971 Der trojanische Sessel
Cast
 
1971 Tod eines Ladenbesitzers
Cast
 
1971 Nach meinem letzten Umzug...
Cast
 
1970 Der Pott
Cast
 
1969 Amerika oder Der Verschollene
Cast
 
1967 Der Zauberberg
Cast
 
1966 Auf der Lesebühne der Literarischen Illustrierten. Bert Brecht vor dem McCarthy-Ausschuß
Cast
 
1966 Die hundertste Nacht
Cast
 
1965/1966 Ganovenehre
Cast
 
1964 Flüchtlingsgespräche
Cast
 
1964 Der eingebildete Kranke oder Von Menschen und Figuren
Cast
 
1964 Der eingebildete Kranke
Cast
 
1960 Das Spukschloß im Spessart
Cast, Vocals
 
1958 Androklus und der Löwe
Cast
 
1956/1957 Der Stern von Afrika
Cast
 
1955/1956 Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti
Cast
 
1954/1955 Ein Polterabend
Director, Screenplay
 
1950 Fortunes of Captain Blood
Cast
 
1949/1950 Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey
Cast
 
1949 Let's Live a Little
Cast
 
1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Cast
 
1949 The Great Sinner
Cast
 
1949 The Lovable Cheat
Cast
 
1948/1949 Caught
Cast
 
1948 Up in Central Park
Cast
 
1948 The Woman in White
Cast
 
1948 French Leave
Cast
 
1948 Arch of Triumph
Cast
 
1948 The Woman from Tangier
Cast
 
1947 Jungle Flight
Cast
 
1945 Saratoga Trunk
Cast
 
1945 The Spanish Main
Cast
 
1944 Blonde Fever
Cast
 
1944 Gypsy Wildcat
Cast
 
1943/1944 Cover Girl
Cast
 
1943/1944 Der Pilot und die Prinzessin
Cast
 
1943/1944 Destroyer
Cast
 
1943 The Desert Song
Cast
 
1943 Swing Fever
Cast
 
1943 Paris After Dark
Cast
 
1942 Casablanca
Cast
 
1942 My Gal Sal
Cast
 
1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti
Cast
 
1941/1942 Pacific Rendezvous
Cast
 
1941/1942 Blue, White and Perfect
Cast
 
1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Cast
 
1941 That Night in Rio
Cast
 
1940 Bitter Sweet
Cast
 
1940 Hullabaloo
Cast
 
1940 He Stayed for Breakfast
Cast
 
1940 Boom Town
Cast
 
1940 The Lady in Question
Cast
 
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Cast
 
1938 The Great Waltz
Cast
 
1938 Garden of the Moon
Cast
 
1938 Boy Meets Girl
Cast
 
1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
Cast
 
1938 Gold Diggers in Paris
Cast
 
1938 Hotel Imperial
Cast
 
1937/1938 Romance in the Dark
Cast
 
1937 Tovarich
Cast
 
1937 Hollywood Hotel
Cast
 
1932 Scherben bringen Glück
Cast, Director
 
1931/1932 Ein steinreicher Mann
Cast
 
1931 Der Schlemihl
Cast
 
1929 Anschluß um Mitternacht
Cast
 
1927/1928 Majestät schneidet Bubiköpfe. Romeo und Julia von heute
Cast
 
1927 Dr. Bessels Verwandlung
Cast
 
1927 Der Fürst von Pappenheim
Cast
 
1926 Gräfin Plättmamsell
Cast
 
1926 Der Jüngling aus der Konfektion
Cast
 
1926 Wehe, wenn sie losgelassen
Cast
 
1925/1926 Der goldene Schmetterling
Cast
 
1922 Sie und die Drei
Cast
 
1921 Moderne Frauen oder: Der Dieb
Cast
 
1920 Rache ist süß
Cast
 
1919 Die Austernprinzessin
Cast
 
1918 Der Gast aus der vierten Dimension
Cast
 
1918 Der goldene Pol
Cast
 
1918 So 'n kleiner Schwerenöter
Cast
 
1918 Geschwollene Nasen
Cast
 
1917/1918 Der Dieb
Cast
 
1917 Das Klima von Vancourt
Cast
 
1917 Ehestiftung mit Hindernissen
Cast
 
1917 Das unruhige Hotel
Cast
 
1917 Max und Moritz von heute: Der Haupttreffer
Cast
 
1917 Abenteuer im Warenhaus
Cast
 
1916/1917 Die Spinne
Cast
 
1916 Streichhölzer, kauft Streichhölzer!
Cast
 
1916 Bobby als Amor
Cast
 
1916 BZ-Maxe & Co.
Cast
 
1916 Tante Röschen will heiraten
Cast
 
1913 Das Geschenk des Inders
Cast
 
1912 Des Pfarrers Töchterlein
Cast
 
1912 Ein neuer Erwerbszweig
Cast
 
1909 Willys Streiche: Klebolin klebt alles
Cast
 
1909 Mutterliebe
Cast
 
1909 Der kleine Detektiv
Cast
 
1908 Der fidele Bauer: 1. Terzett: Ein Infant'rist, ein Artill'rist
Cast
 
1908 Der fidele Bauer: 2. Terzett: Bauernmarsch
Cast
 
1908 Der fidele Bauer: 3. Duettino zwischen Liesl und Heinerle
Cast
 

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