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Reinhardt, Maxlocked

(09 September 1873–31 October 1943)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Reinhardt, Max (09 September 1873–31 October 1943), theatrical director and producer, was born Max Goldmann in the Austrian town of Baden, near Vienna, the son of Jewish parents of modest means whose names and occupations are unknown. The family moved to Vienna when Max was four years old, and he grew up in that city. At an early age he became captivated by the stage, and during his boyhood he was a habitué of the gallery at Vienna's Hofburg Theatre, seeing nearly every play produced there. In his teens he began acting in amateur productions in Vienna, and beginning in 1890 he received formal training in the dramatic arts at the Sulkowsky Theater in Matzleinsdorf. In 1893, following scores of appearances in theaters in and around Vienna playing minor roles in popular plays, he was hired as an assistant director at the Stadttheater in Salzburg but also continued his acting career. A year later he moved on to the Deutsches Theater in Berlin at the invitation of its new director, Otto Brahm....

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