Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Conrad Veidt

Happy birthday to horror actor Conrad Veidt (1893-1943).
Mr. Veidt is best known for his roles in the silent classics The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Head of Janus (1920), The Hands of Orlac (1920), Waxworks (1924), The Student of Prague (1926) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). He will also forever be known as Major Strasser in Casablanca (1942).

Of course, it is said that his character Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs was a source of inspiration for the frightening physical appearance of Batman villian The Joker.

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