Thursday, October 10, 2013

Remembering Reinhold Pasch

Reinhold Pasch was born in Wolgast, Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Germany on October 10, 1883. The son of a ship's captain he was a pupil at Heinrich Oberland’s Gendarmenmarkt Acting School. He made ​​his stage debut in 1902 at the New City Theater in Ratibor. In 1909 he entered Berlin at the Theater Nollendorfplatz, and later at the Theatre of the West and at the Metropol Theatre. He then travelled throughout Germany appearing at theaters in Gdansk, Zwickau, Rostock, Nuremberg, Chemnitz, Hamburg and Munich. Pasch usually appeared in roles as a young hero in operettas. At the same time he also acted in several silent movies.
In 1921 he embarked for New York, where he played until 1930 on Broadway at the English Theater. Among the plays in which he appeared were, The Merry Widow (1921), The Clinging Wine (1922) and Golden Dawn (1927). In 1930, he accepted an offer from Hollywood, where he lived until 1936, mostly appearing unnamed small roles in several early sound films.
In 1936 he met Luis Trenker during the filming of “The Emperor of California” and followed him back to Europe. He then appeared in several films with Trenker. His plan was to go back to America, but that was prevented by the outbreak of World War II. After the war he joined others at the Renaissance Theatre. Besides his appearance in “The Emperor of California” where he played the role of John Marshall he would later appear as Don Fernando’s secretary in 1965’s “The Treasure of the Aztecs”.
Reginald died in West Berlin on August 2, 1965. Today we remember Reginald Pasch on what would have been his 130th birthday.

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