Felix Basch (1885–1944) was an American-Austrian actor, screenwriter and film director.

Felix Basch
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Born(1885-09-16)16 September 1885
Died17 May 1944(1944-05-17) (aged 58)
OccupationFilm actor, screenwriter, film director
Years active1914–1944
Spouse(s)Gretl Basch

He first acted in Vienna, and he was a producer and director for the German film production company U. F. A.[1] Following the Nazi takeover of power in Germany in 1933, the Jewish Basch was forced out of films and went into exile, moving to the United States where he appeared in a large number of films acting in character roles. He was married to the actress and singer Grete Freund and was the father of Peter Basch. Richard Tauber was a second cousin of his .[2] According to U.S. immigration entry records, he gained his American citizenship through his father.

Basch died May 18, 1944, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood, California, after several major operations.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit




  • Murray, Bruce Arthur (1990). Film and the German Left in the Weimar Republic: From Caligari to Kuhle Wampe. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-72465-5.
  • Prawer, Siegbert Salomon (2007) [2005]. Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910–1933. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-84545-303-9.


  1. ^ a b "Felix Basch, Portrayer of Nazis, Dies in Filmland". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. United Press. 18 May 1944. p. 11. Retrieved 30 October 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ Talmore, Rina. "Felix Basch". Geni. Retrieved 23 May 2019.

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