Ludwig Donath

Ludwig Donath

Show Count: 3
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: March 6, 1900
Old Time Radio, Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Vienna, Austria)
Died: September 29, 1967, New York City, New York, USA

Ludwig Donath (6 March 1900, Vienna – 29 September 1967, New York City), was an Austrian actor who appeared in many American films.


Donath graduated from Vienna's Academy of Dramatic Art and became a prominent actor on the stage in Berlin. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he returned to Vienna and was active there in theater and film and until the Anschluss in 1938. He began his American film career with Lady from Chungking (1942) and went on to appear in dozens of films, including Gilda (1946), The Jolson Story (1946), Jolson Sings Again (1949), The Great Caruso (1951), My Pal Gus (1952), Sirocco (1951), and Torn Curtain (1966).

Donath played the father of entertainer Al Jolson (Larry Parks) in the two biopics The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949), although less than 15 years older than Parks as Jolson.

He also appeared frequently on television and on Broadway.

He died of leukemia in 1967.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: 16th February 1948
Added: May 21 2010