The son of an accountant graduated 1937, the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and made his stage debut at the local German People's Theatre under Bruno Walter Iltz. It was followed by engagements at the theater in the Josefstadt as well as guest performances in Berlin ( under Heinz Hilpert ), Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.
1938 Hubschmid got his first film role in the Swiss production Fusilier Wipf. From 1948 to 1953 he worked in Hollywood under the pseudonym Paul Christian. He starred with Maureen O'Hara and Vincent Price starred in The Black Devils of Baghdad, next to Maria Montez in The Thief of Venice as well as the lead role in the sci-fi film Panic in New York. He was also the time to see, directed by Don Siegel in the shot in Vienna comedy No Time for Flowers.
In 1953 he returned to Germany and played supporting roles in addition to Marika Rokk ( mask in blue) and Lilo Pulver ( The Zurich Engagement ). He was especially popular in the lead role of the adventure film The Tiger of Eschnapur directed by Fritz Lang as well as its sequel The Indian Tomb ( a remake of the silent films of 1921, but at that time was directed by Joe May ). In addition Hubschmid came again and again in international productions like 1964 next Lilli Palmer in The Immoral, 1966 alongside Michael Caine in the agent thriller Final in Berlin (from a novel by Len Deighton ) and 1967 alongside Catherine Deneuve in Manon Unrestrained. In addition Hubschmid starred in many television productions, including in the crime miniseries Like a flash (after Francis Durbridge ), in Helmut Dietl's award-winning TV satire Kir Royal and in a season of the ZDF - evening series Forst House Sokolov and in his last TV appearance as the main character of the ARD series Jolly Joker. In 1980, he was honored for his long and outstanding work in the German film with the Film Award.
In addition Hubschmid worked extensively as an actor and singer in musicals. He played from 1961 to Professor Higgins in the German premiere of My Fair Lady and over 2000 performances in Vienna, Munich and Berlin.
Paul Hubschmid was married to his first marriage to actress Ursula von Teubern († 1963). The marriage went forth a son, who lives in Hamburg journalist Peter Christian Hubschmid is married to the writer Carmen grain. From Paul Hubschmids second marriage with Eva Renzi, which lasted from 1967 to 1980, comes his adopted daughter, the actress Anouschka Renzi. From July 1985 until his death he was married to the actress Irène Schiesser.