Birth Name: Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund
Date of Birth: 22 September, 1895
Place of Birth: Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine)
Date of Death: August 25, 1967
Place of Death: Montecito, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Paul Muni was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936). He was also credited as Muni Weisenfreund. Known as one of the biggest stars of the 1930s, he also headlined the original Scarface (1932), as well as I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Good Earth, and The Life of Émile Zola, among others.
Paul was born in Galicia, in Austria-Hungary, the son of Sallie/Celia and Phillip Weisenfreund. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, U.S. in 1902. Paul began his career with the Yiddish theatre.
He was married to Yiddish theatre actress Bella Finkel, until his death.
Source: Paul Muni on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
He looked like James Franco.
are you kidding? they look nothing alike. James looks like an intermediate between James Dean and Jeff Buckley.
Don’t know who Buckley is.
On his IMDB picture, Muni looks a little like Reagan.
Absolutely right about a young Ronald Reagan (partly because of the haircut).
Jeff looked like James Franco here: http://www.recordsbymail.com/uploads/7-9-14-3/683650.jpg
You could do some research about his Panamanian mother. Contrarily to Jeremy Renner’s mother, who is white, I am not 100% sure she is fully European.
Paul was the son of Sallie/Celia and Phillip Weisenfreund.