Birth Place Matching "Budapest, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.
Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári ...
2. Magda Gabor
Actress | Mai lányok
Magda Gabor was born on June 11, 1915 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Magdolna Gábor. She was an actress, known for Mai lányok (1937), Tokaji rapszódia (1937) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950). She was married to Tibor Heltai, George Sanders, Tony Gallucci, Sidney R. Warren, William ...
Director | Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...
4. Paul Lukas
Actor | The Lady Vanishes
Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 ...
Actor | Young Frankenstein
Heavyweight Hungarian-born character actor Oscar Beregi Jr.'s best performances were on the small screen, usually as Germanic or Russian heavies. His stock-in-trade villainy was of a cultured or psychological, rather than physical nature, urbane and intellectual, yet inevitably sinister. His father...
6. Ilona Massey
Actress | Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning ...
Director | Gilda
Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned ...
Actress | Das Hofkonzert
From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a ...
Actor | The Man from Beyond
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five ...
10. Zoltán Fábri
Director | Az ötödik pecsét
He was born in 1917 and between the two World War he finished his primary and secondary school. After them he graduated in the College of Fine Arts, which helped him later to be a production-designer. He liked to learn and joined the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts. He bacame a director and actor....
11. Miklós Rózsa
Composer | Ben-Hur
A child prodigy, Miklos Rosza learned to play the violin at the age of five and read music before he was able to read words. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory where he was considered a brilliant student. He obtained his doctorate in music in 1930. Moving to Paris the following ...
12. Steve Sekely
Director | A Noszty fiú esete Tóth Marival
February 6, 1939: signed by Grand National and will direct one of the upcoming features with that company. He has directed more than forty features in Paris, Berlin and his native Budapest, and has been in the United States for three months.
13. Laslo Benedek
Director | Death of a Salesman
Laslo Benedek was brought to Hollywood from Hungary--where he had been a writer, editor and photographer--by MGM, and his first few films were undistinguished programmers. His third, however, was quite a bit better: Death of a Salesman (1951), the screen version of Arthur Miller's classic play. ...
14. Jean Image
Director | Pluk, naufragé de l'espace
Jean Image was born on January 26, 1910 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Imre Hajdu. He was a director and producer, known for Pluk, naufragé de l'espace (1979), Moon Madness (1983) and Recréation (1956). He died on October 25, 1989 in Paris, France.
16. Eric Feldary
Actor | Hold Back the Dawn
More on cause of death: Eric Feldary died of burns suffered when a gas explosion wrecked his West Hollywood home. Feldary, 55, was taken to a hospital with second and third degree burns over more than 50 per cent of his body. A sheriff's deputy who investigated the blast said Feldary told him he ...
17. Franciska Gaal
Actress | The Girl Downstairs
Franciska Gaal was born on February 1, 1904 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Szidónia Silberspitz. She was an actress, known for The Girl Downstairs (1938), Little Mother (1935) and The Buccaneer (1938). She was married to Francis Dajkovich. She died on January 2, 1973 in New York City, New York, ...
19. Lili Darvas
Actress | Szerelem
Hungarian-born Lili Darvas (pronounced 'Darvash') was a major star first in Budapest, then on the German stage with Max Reinhardt's theatre company during the 1920s, touring Europe with plays by Goethe, Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Shaw. She received her education at the Budapest Lyceum and made her ...
20. Pál Fejös
Director | Man och kvinna
Budapest-born director Paul Fejos first called attention to himself in Kecskemét, Hungary, as a student actor. During World War I he was a soldier in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and after the war he became a student of chemistry. His artistic inclination, however, drew him to the ...
22. Ladislao Vajda
Director | Es geschah am hellichten Tag
Ladislao Vajda was born on August 18, 1906 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as László Vajda Weisz. He was a director and writer, known for It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958), The Miracle of Marcelino (1955) and Uncle Hyacynth (1956). He died on March 25, 1965 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain.
23. Ernest Laszlo
Cinematographer | Logan's Run
Ernest Laszlo, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer best known for his creative collaborations with directors Robert Aldrich and Stanley Kramer, was born on April 23, 1898, in Budapest, Hungary, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After emigrating to the US, he worked as a camera operator...
24. Jules Engel
Director | The Ivory Knife: Paul Jenkins at Work
Founder of the experimental-animation program at CalArts in 1970 (where he taught for over thirty years), and a founder of the UPA animation studio, Jules Engel choreographed the famous hippopotamus/alligator dance, the bottle-dancing Cossack thistles and the mushroom ballet within "Fantasia" (1940...
25. Ferenc Molnár
Writer | Carousel
Ferenc Molnár was born on January 12, 1878 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Ferenc Neumann. He is known for his work on Carousel, Tales of Manhattan (1942) and Double Wedding (1937). He was married to Lili Darvas, Sári Fedák and Margit Vészi. He died on April 1, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.
29. Barta Barri
Actor | Pánico en el Transiberiano
Barta Barri was born on August 16, 1911 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Bernabé Barta Barry. He was an actor, known for Horror Express (1972), Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf (1972) and The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960). He was married to Maria Cañete. He died on December 7, 2003 in Madrid, Spain.
30. Oscar Beregi Sr.
Actor | Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse
Oscar Beregi Sr. was born on January 24, 1876 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Berger Oszkár. He was an actor, known for The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Camille (1926) and Kísértetek vonata (1933). He was married to Piroska Lázár and Amália Adler. He died on October 18, 1965 in ...
31. Ákos Ráthonyi
Director | Frau Warrens Gewerbe
Ákos Ráthonyi was born on March 26, 1908 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He was a director and writer, known for Mrs. Warren's Profession (1960), Una volta alla settimana (1942) and La fortuna viene dal cielo (1942). He was married to Klári Tolnay and Irén Pelsöczy. He died on January 6, 1969 in ...
32. Márton Keleti
Director | A tizedes meg a többiek
He learnt directing from Pál Fejös, and László Vajda as an assistant director. In 1937 he made his first film followed by 2 other films in the same year, (A harapós férj, a Viki and Torockói menyasszony). Between 1939 and 1944 he couldn't make films because he was Jewish. After the 2nd WW, he made ...
33. George Tabori
Writer | Frohes Fest
George Tabori was born on May 24, 1914 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as György Tábori. He was a writer and actor, known for Frohes Fest (1981), Chance Meeting (1954) and I Confess (1953). He was married to Ursula Höpfner, Ursula Grützmacher-Tabori, Viveca Lindfors and Hannah Freund. He died on July ...
Art Director | The Apartment
Hungarian-born Alexandre Trauner came to Paris in 1929 to escape the anti-semitic Horty regime in his native country, and to paint. Instead, he became involved in the film industry as an assistant to the famous art director Lazare Meerson. Influenced by cubism and impressionism, he embraced the ...
36. John H. Auer
Producer | Moonlight Masquerade
Born in Hungary and educated in Vienna, John H. Auer was an actor in European films from the age of 12. After his career as a child actor ended, he entered the business world, but soon decided to rejoin the film industry. He journeyed to Hollywood in 1928 to find work as a director, but came up ...
37. Lucy Doraine
Actress | Sodom und Gomorrha
Ilona (Ilonka) Kovacs began her youthful film career in her native Hungary, barely out of her teens. That career was initially guided by the veteran Hungarian director, Mihaly Kertesz (Michael Curtiz), who became her first husband. Given that "Kovacs" in Hungarian is about as ordinary as "Smith" in...
38. Attila Hörbiger
Attila Hörbiger was born on April 21, 1896 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Wir sind noch einmal davongekommen (1961), Fast ein Poet (1968) and Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg (1966). He was married to Paula Wessely. He died on April 27, 1987 in Vienna, Austria.
41. Miklós László
Writer | You've Got Mail
Miklós László was born on May 5, 1903 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Miklós Leitner. He was a writer and actor, known for You've Got Mail (1998), The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949). He was married to Florence Herrman. He died on April 19, 1973 in New York City,...
42. Rosy Barsony
Actress | A harapós férj
Rosy Barsony (born as Miss Schustek) was a child actress, dancer and soubrette. In 1931, in Berlin, she appeared in Paul Abraham's operettas "Viktoria und ihr Husar" ("Victoria and Her Hussar"), "Die Blume von Hawaii" ("The Flower of Hawaii", "Fleur d'Hawai") and Ball im Savoy (1935) ("Ball At The ...
43. Éva Szörényi
Actress | A leányvári boszorkány
Éva Szörényi was born on May 26, 1917 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Lersch Elvira. She was an actress, known for A leányvári boszorkány (1938), Boy, the Noszty (1938) and Sárga rózsa (1941). She was married to István Örményi. She died on December 1, 2009 in ...
44. Gitta Alpar
Actress | I Give My Heart
Gitta Alpar was born on February 5, 1900 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Regina Kalisch. She was an actress, known for The Loves of Madame Dubarry (1935), She, or Nobody (1932) and Gitta entdeckt ihr Herz (1932). She was married to Niels Wessel Bagge and Gustav Fröhlich. She died on February 17, ...
45. Alexander Laszlo
Music Department | Yankee Fakir
Composer, pianist, conductor, producer and inventor educated at the Budapest Academy and a private music student of A. Szeny, A Kovacs, and V. Herzfeld. He was a piano soloist with the Bluthner Orchestra in Berlin in 1915, and gave piano recitals in Europe from 1921 to 1923. He invented the ...
47. Gyula Kabos
Actor | Hyppolit a lakáj
Gyula Kabos was born on March 19, 1887 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Gyula Kann. He was an actor, known for Hyppolit, the Butler (1931), Iglói diákok (1935) and Halló Budapest! (1935). He was married to Mária Puhalag. He died on October 6, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA.
50. Paul Erdös
A child prodigy, Erdos independently discovered the principle of negative numbers around age three. Around the same time, he was able to multiply two three-digit numbers in his head, and amuse visitors with his ability to calculate how many seconds they had been alive. Though he never married or ...