Monday, April 10, 2017


Raoul Asla

Raoul Aslan
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Born16 October 1886
Thessaloniki Greece
Died17 June 1958 (aged 71)
Seewalchen am AtterseeAustria
Raoul Aslan (arm.Tigran Aslanyan) (16 October 1886 – 17 June 1958) was an Austrian theater actor of Greek-Armenian ancestry.[1][2][3][4]
Born in Thessaloniki, Ottoman Empire (now in Greece), Aslan lived in Vienna from 1897 until his death. In 1917 he joined the "Deutsche Volkstheater" in Vienna and was active at the Vienna Burgtheater from 1920–1958, where he mainly played classical heroes and complex characters such as HamletMephistoMarquis Posa, and Nathan. Aslan was the director of the Vienna Burgtheater from 1945-1948. In 1929 he was the first actor to be awarded the title "Kammerschauspieler".

Aslan once said to fellow actor Gustaf Gründgens: "Mr. Gründgens, you're the greatest German actor, I am the greatest German actor. You're a homosexual, I am a homosexual. But one thing you should never forget: My family comes from Konstantinopel via Thessaloniki to Vienna. And you, Mr. Gründgens, you are from Düsseldorf."

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