Georg John

Still of Georg John from Fritz Lang's "M".
Still of Georg John from Fritz Lang’s “M”.

Georg John (23 July 1879 – 18 November 1941) was a German stage and film actor.  Georg John was born in Schmiegel, Province of Posen, Imperial Germany.  John began his career around 1900 in smaller stages and traveling theatres. In 1904, he was engaged at the Theater of Wilhelmshaven, followed by appearances at Stolp in 1905, Altona, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Bochum and Göttingen. In 1914, John worked as an actor and producer for Vaterländische Schauspiele in Vienna.

Still of Georg John from Tomb of the Indian.
Still of Georg John from Tomb of the Indian.

In 1917, John first appeared in silent movies, playing a Tibetan monk in Die Fremde (The Foreigner), and Death in Hilde Warren und der Tod (Hilde Warren and Death). These roles were typical of the kinds of parts he would become known for, even if, at first, he was more often seen as a father, husband or dignitary. Beginning in the 1920s, John appeared in the films of notable German filmmakers, where he often played bizarre, gnome-like figures, such as the beggar in Fritz Lang’s Der müde Tod (Tired Death, 1921, released in English as Destiny), and the blind balloon-seller who recognizes the murderer due to a whistled song in 1931’s M. For F. W. Murnau he played a night-watchman in Der Letzte Mann (The Last Man, 1924, released in English as The Last Laugh).

Being a Jew, John was deported in autumn 1941 to the Łódź Ghetto where he died on 18 November 1941 at the age of 62.

Still of Georg John from the film Harakiri.
Still of Georg John from the film Harakiri.
  • 1917: Die Fremde
  • 1917: Hilde Warren und der Tod
  • 1919: Peer Gynt
  • 1919: Harakiri
  • 1919: Die Spinnen – Der goldene See (The Spiders)
  • 1919: Veritas vincit
  • 1919: Unheimliche Geschichten
  • 1919: Der Knabe in Blau
  • 1919: Der Weg der Grete Lessen
  • 1920: Der Menschheit Anwalt
  • 1920: Die Spinnen – Das Brillantenschiff
  • 1920: Die entfesselte Menschheit
  • 1920: Der König von Paris
  • The Indian Tomb (1921)
  • Lady Hamilton (1921)
  • Der müde Tod (1921)
  • Das Geheimnis der Santa Maria (1921)
  • The Stranger from Alster Street (1921)
  • Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922)
  • Marie Antoinette, the Love of a King (1922)
  • Sie und die Drei (1922)
  • Der brennende Acker (1922)
  • Die Beute der Erinnyen (1922)
  • Der Abenteurer (1922)
  • The Lost Shoe (1923)
  • 1923: Der steinerne Reiter
  • 1923: Ein Weib, ein Tier, ein Diamant
  • 1923: Glanz gegen Glück
  • 1924: Guillotine
  • 1924: Die Nibelungen
  • 1924: The Last Laugh
  • 1924: Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (Waxworks)
  • Mein Leopold (1924)
  • Varieté (1925)
  • Peter the Pirate (1925)
  • Express Train of Love (1925)
  • Slums of Berlin (1925)
  • The Gentleman Without a Residence (1925)
  • Hanseaten (1925)
  • The Fallen (1926)
  • The Flight in the Night (1926)
  • The Mill at Sanssouci (1926)
  • 1926: Das graue Haus
  • 1926: Des Königs Befehl
  • 1926: Hölle der Liebe – Erlebnisse aus einem Tanzpalast
  • 1927: Gehetzte Frauen
  • 1927: Die Frauengasse von Algier
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Frühere Verhältnisse (1927)
  • At the Edge of the World (1927)
  • Der Mann ohne Kopf (1927)
  • Petronella – Das Geheimnis der Berge (1927)
  • Der Fluch der Vererbung (1927)
  • The Weavers (1927)
  • Anastasia, die falsche Zarentochter (1928)
  • So küßt nur eine Wienerin (1928)
  • Spione (1928)
  • Panic (1928)
  • Alraune (1928)
  • Man Against Man (1928)
  • Männer ohne Beruf (1929)
  • Somnambul (1929)
  • Atlantik (1929)
  • Taxi at Midnight (1929)
  • Andreas Hofer (1929)
  • The Flute Concert of Sans-Souci (1930)
  • The Land of Smiles (1930)
  • Lumpenball (1930)
  • M (1931)
  • Stürmisch die Nacht (1931)
  • Danton (1931)
  • Das erste Recht des Kindes (1932)
  • F.P.1 antwortet nicht (1932)
  • Death Over Shanghai (1932)
  • The Flower of Hawaii (1933)
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
  • Sprung in den Abgrund (1933)
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