John Gottowt, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Gottowt

Austrian actor

Date of Birth: 15-Jun-1881

Place of Birth: Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 29-Aug-1942

Profession: stage actor, film director, film actor

Nationality: Austria, Germany

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About John Gottowt

  • John Gottowt (15 June 1881 – 29 August 1942) was an Austrian actor, stage director and film director for theatres and silent movies. He was born as Isidor Gesang in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary.
  • After his education in Vienna, he joined the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in 1905, working for Max Reinhardt as an actor and director.
  • Gottowt was mainly active in different theatres in Berlin as a character actor and director. His first silent film appearance was in Paul Wegener’s Der Student von Prag ("The Student of Prague") (1913).
  • In 1920 he appeared in Robert Wiene's Genuine and took the main role in the early science fiction film Algol.
  • In 1921 he played Professor Bulwer (Abraham van Helsing) in the classic silent film Nosferatu directed by F.W.
  • Murnau. Gottowt made also several films with his brother-in-law Henrik Galeen but, as a Jew, was banned in 1933 from working as a professional actor.
  • After a few years in Denmark he moved to Kraków in Poland.
  • He was murdered in 1942 by the SS in Wieliczka.

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