Muni, Paul


Muni, Paul
(1895-1967)
   Actor Paul Muni was born Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund in Galicia (now Ukraine). His family immigrated to the United States in 1902, and Muni first appeared on stage in Yiddish theater in 1907. His first Broadway appearance was in We Americans in 1924. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in The Valiant (1929) and returned to Broadway before starring in the role of the gangster Scarface in 1932. That same year, he appeared in Mervyn Leroy’s powerful study of the southern convict system set against the harsh backdrop of the Great Depression, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Muni made several biographical films, including The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), The Life of Emile Zola (1937), and Juarez (1939). His portrayal of Pasteur won him an Oscar. In 1937, Muni played a Chinese farmer in the film version of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. Muni only made six more films, his final one being The Last Angry Man in 1959. He did, however, continue to work on the stage and won a Tony Award in 1955 for his role in Inherit the Wind.
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