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Biographical/Historical Information

One of the great European stage actors of the early-20th century, Alexander Moissi was born in Trieste in 1879 as Aleksandër Moisiu, the son of an Albanian merchant. In 1899, he was hired by Vienna’s prestigious Burgtheater for non-speaking parts, because of his Italian accent. He soon overcame that hurdle and played leading parts in Vienna, Berlin, Prague, and other great German language theaters, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. Alexander Moissi died in Vienna in 1935.

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Alexander Moissi as Hamlet, Leo Baeck Institute, F 26621.