Felix Basch

Felix Basch (1885–1944) was a Jewish Austrian actor, screenwriter and film director.

Felix Basch
Born(1885-09-16)September 16, 1885
DiedMay 17, 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 into exile and moved to the United States where he appeared in a large number of films acting in character roles. He was married to Gretl Basch and was the father of Peter Basch. Richard Tauber was a second cousin of him .[2]

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

Selected filmography




  • Murray, Bruce Arthur. Film and the German Left in the Weimar Republic: From Caligari to Kuhle Wampe. University of Texas Press, 1990.
  • Prawer, S.S. Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910–1933. Berghahn Books, 2007.


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