Willi Forst

Actor + Singer + Musician
Born Apr 7, 1903
Hometown Vienna
Died Aug 11, 1980
Death Place Vienna

Willi Forst, born Wilhelm Anton Frohs was an Austrian actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer and singer. As a debonair actor he was a darling of the German-speaking film audiences, as a director, one of the most significant makers of the Viennese period musical melodramas and comedies of the 1930s known as Wiener Filme.… Read More

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1903 Birth Born on April 7, 1903.


1927 24 Years Old His first major role was opposite Marlene Dietrich in the silent film Café Elektric in 1927. … Read More


1937 34 Years Old He founded his own film company, Willi Forst-Film, in 1937 and considered a move to Hollywood the same year.
1938 35 Years Old Following the annexation of Austria in 1938, he was much courted by the National Socialists but succeeded in avoiding overt political statement, concentrating entirely on the opulent period musical entertainment for which he was famous and which was much in demand during the war. … Read More


1957 54 Years Old He gave international actress Senta Berger her first role in 1957 and that same year directed his last film (Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume), after which he retired from the industry, suggesting that his style was no longer in demand.


1973 70 Years Old After the death of his wife in 1973 he lived a reclusive life in the Swiss canton of Tessin.
1980 77 Years Old He died of cancer in Vienna in 1980 and is buried in Neustift am Walde. … Read More
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