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Jaray, Hans, b. Vienna, June 24, 1906, d. Vienna January 6, 1990, Kammerschauspieler, director, writer. 1925-1930 acted at the Volkstheater, 1930-1938 at the Theater in der Josefstadt (under Max Reinhardt), 1938 emigrated to the USA, 1938-1948 worked in Hollywood and New York. In 1948 returned to Vienna, joined the Volkstheater, from 1951 at the Theater in der Josefstadt (1986 honorary member), played mainly parts in light comedy. 1960 head of the school of dramatic art „Reinhardt-Seminar“. Film productions.

Works: comedies: Ein feiner Herr, 1932; Ist Geraldine ein Engel?, 1933; Liebesheirat, 1937. Novel: One Day Missing, 1949. Autobiography: Was ich kaum ertraeumen konnte, 1990.

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JARAY, Hans (d. 1990, age 83) Handsome Viennese actor better known for his work on the stage, where he was long a matinee idol, than for his screen roles; appeared in The Loves of Jeanne Ney, Unfinished Symphony (one of the several times he portrayed Franz Schubert), The Affairs of Maupassant, Letzte Liebe (Last Love), Der Pfarrer von Kirchfeld (The Pastor of Kirchfield), etc.; had one memorable role in Hollywood in Lydia, in 1941, as the blind concert pianist whose youth-to-age love for Merle Oberon was romantically unrequited; last, after a long absence from the screen, played a character role in director Billy Wilder‘s Fedora; also a playwright (Was Geraldine an Angel?) and director of stage comedies.

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