B bábi, Tibor

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Beregi, Oszkár (Oscar) (Budapest, 20 February 1876 - Los Angeles, 19 October 1965) – Actor. Following his studies in Philosophy at the University of Budapest, he studied acting at the Academy of Dramatic Art. He appeared on stage with the Krecsányi Ensemble in 1895, and after some acting in Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania) he received a contract first with the Comedy Theater (Vígszínház), Budapest and then in Pozsony (now Bratislava, Slovakia). He traveled frequently to Vienna, as the artistry of Kainz had great influence on him. He learned from him an excellent speech technique. In 1899 he became a member of the National Theater (Nemzeti Színház), Budapest and was given important roles during the directorship of László (Ladislas) Beöthy. His first great success came in 1900 with Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida; the strong sexual undertone caused a sensation at the conservative Theater. Between 1907 and 1910 Max Reinhardt directed him in Berlin; then he returned to the National Theater, Budapest. From then on he was the only actor to play young characters of classical dramatic roles, such as Hamlet, Rostand, Othello, Brutus, Prince Heny, Faust. He was from the old school; however, his restless, highly-strung nature made him a modern actor. Between 1920 and 1925 he worked in Vienna; between 1925 and 1929 he acted in films in the United States; in 1930 he played in the Hungarian Theater (Magyar Színház), later in the Inner City Theater (Belvárosi Színház), the Comedy Theater (Vígszínház) and the Theater of Pest (Pesti Színház). After World War II, he became a permanent member of the National Theater (Nemzeti Színház) but could not adapt himself to the new ensemble and in 1946 he left again for the United States. After much wandering he settled in Hollywood, where he performed in film roles. He also wrote his autobiography. – B: 0871, 1031, T: 7684.→Beöthy, László.

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