Sig Arno

Sig Arno (born Siegfried Aron, 27 December 1895 – 17 August 1975) was a German-Jewish film actor who appeared in such films as Pardon My Sarong and The Mummy's Hand. He may be best remembered from The Palm Beach Story (1942) as Toto, the nonsense-talking mustachioed man who hopelessly pursues Mary Astor's "Princess Centimillia".

Sig Arno
publicity photo (1931)
Siegfried Arno

(1895-12-27)27 December 1895
DiedAugust 17, 1975(1975-08-17) (aged 79)
OccupationGerman-Jewish stage and film actor
Years activeca. 19151961
Caroline Dahms
(m. 1922; div. 1932)

Barbara Kiranoff
(m. 1934; div. 1953)

Kitty Mattern
(m. 1953)


Arno was born in Hamburg, Germany. Before beginning to make films in 1920 he was well known in Germany as a stage comedian.[1] He acted in ninety films in Germany including G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box with Louise Brooks playing primarily comic roles, before leaving the country in 1933, due to the rise of Hitler. He worked in Europe until 1939, when he moved to Hollywood.[1]

During the next twenty years he appeared in over fifty films,[2] often playing waiters, maitre d's and "funny Europeans".[1] Arno also appeared three times on Broadway,[3] notably in the musical Song of Norway and the play Time Remembered by Jean Anouilh,[4] for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as "Best Featured Actor in a Play" in 1958.[5] In 1966, Arno won an honorary award at the German Film Awards "for his continued outstanding individual contributions to the German film over the years."[6]

Personal life

Arno was also a successful portrait painter.[1] He was married three times:

  • Caroline Dahms (19221932, ended in divorce, 1 child)
  • Barbara Kiranoff (19341953, ended in divorce)
  • Kitty Mattern (19531975, ended with his death)[7]


He died from Parkinson's disease in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California on August 17, 1975, aged 79.

Partial filmography


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