Paul Muni (born 22 September 1895 in Lemberg, Austria - Hungary ( now Ukraine) as a way Meshilem Meier friend; † August 25, 1967 in Montecito, California ) was an American actor. He won the 1937 Oscar for best actor.
Muni was the son of Jewish actor - parents from Galicia, who emigrated with him as an infant in the United States. He grew up in New York City and Cleveland, and entered as a child next to his parents in Jewish theaters, where he received his acting training. Until 1926 he performed exclusively in plays that were performed in Yiddish language.
After initial successes on Broadway in 1928, he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in Hollywood. His first film appearance in 1929 in The Valiant earned him his first Oscar nomination for best leading role 1930. Due to a weak heart Muni, who was regarded as an outstanding character actor could, however, occur only in 22 films during his career. He brought it to five Oscar nominations, however, in each case for the best leading role since he played each in all his films the main role. He received the prize ultimately for his portrayal of Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur ( The Story of Louis Pasteur ) from 1935, directed by William Dieterle.
Paul Muni died withdrawn in California due to his lifelong heart failure.