Emil Jannings
Date of Birth
Jul 23, 1884
Birth Place:
Rorschach, Switzerland


Born Theodor Emil Janenz into a middle-class home, German actor Emil Jannings ran away from home at age 16 to become a sailor, and ended up working as an assistant cook on a ocean liner. He returned home disillusioned, but soon took up the theater; at 18 he made his professional stage debut, going on to tour with several companies in numerous provincial towns. In 1906 he was invited to join Max...