Paul Lukas

Date of Birth: May 26, 1891

Place of Birth: Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)

Date of Death: August 15, 1971

Place of Death: Tangier, Morocco

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Paul Lukas was a Hungarian-born American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Watch on the Rhine (1943).

Paul was born in Budapest, Hungary. Paul was evidently the son of Mária (Schneckendorf) and Adolf Munkácsi, according to a marriage record. Biographical articles, however, list Paul as the son of Mária (Zilahy) and János Lukács.

Paul is described as Jewish in reference books, although a marriage record evidently describes him as Catholic. Conversion from Judaism to Catholicism was common among some Hungarian Jews. Schneckendorf is usually a Jewish surname.

Paul left Hungary for the U.S. around 1927, becoming an American citizen in the 1930s.

He was married to Gizella “Daisy” Benes, until her death, and to Annette M. Driesens, until his death.

Source: Paul Lukas on the 1930 U.S. Census –

10 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Looks like his real parents were Adolf Munkácsi and Mária Schneckendorf.
    Credits go to wiki user Gyurika.

    • follers says:

      So what is to make of all of this? Who were his parents, was he really adopted (and if so, when), and was he Jewish?

      • bablah says:

        Most likely adopted. Now we just have to find out who Adolf and Maria were.

        • follers says:

          Non-relative adoptions were very rare back in the day, much less cross-religion adoptions.

          I doubt that he was born into one religion and adopted into the other.

          The person on Wikipedia seemed to be saying that Lukas was listed as Catholic on his marriage record? If so, was he ever Jewish?

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