Max Schreck

Friedrich Gustav Max Schreck (6 September 1879 – 20 February 1936) was a German actor. He is most often remembered today for his lead role in the film Nosferatu (1922). Max Schreck was born in Berlin-Friedenau, on 6 September 1879. Schreck received his training at the Berliner Staatstheater (the State Theatre of Berlin) which he completed in 1902. He made his stage debut in Meseritz and Speyer, and then toured Germany for two years appearing at theatres in Zittau, Erfurt, Bremen, Lucerne, Gera, and Frankfurt am Main. Schreck then joined Max Reinhardt's company of performers in Berlin. Many of Reinhardt's troupe made a significant contribution to the cinema. For three years between 1919 and 1922, Schreck appeared at the Munich Kammerspiele, including a role in the expressionist production of Bertolt Brecht's debut, Trommeln in der Nacht (Drums in the Night) (in which he played the "freakshow landlord" Glubb). During this time he also worked on his first film Der Richter von Zalamea, adapted from a six act play, for Decla Bioscop. In 1921, he was hired by Prana Film for their first and only production, Nosferatu.


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