Ludwig Donath

Ludwig Donath (6 March 1900 29 September 1967), was an Austrian actor who appeared in many American films.

Ludwig Donath
Ludwig Donath in Jolson Sings Again
Born(1900-03-06)6 March 1900
Vienna, Austria
Died29 September 1967(1967-09-29) (aged 67)
NationalityAustrian and American
Years active19211967


Born to a Jewish family[1] Donath graduated from Vienna's Academy of Dramatic Art and became a prominent actor on the stage in Berlin. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he returned to Vienna and was active there in theater and film until the Anschluss in 1938. He began his American film career with Lady from Chungking (1942) and went on to appear in dozens of films, including Gilda (1946), The Jolson Story (1946), Jolson Sings Again (1949), The Great Caruso (1951), My Pal Gus (1952), Sirocco (1951), and Torn Curtain (1966).

Donath played the father of entertainer Al Jolson (Larry Parks) in the two biopics The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949), although he was less than 15 years older than Parks as Jolson.

He also appeared frequently on television and on Broadway.

He died of leukemia in 1967.

Partial filmography

Television appearances


  1. Cones, John (2015-04-01). Motion Picture Biographies: The Hollywood Spin on Historical Figures. p. 33. ISBN 9781628941166.

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