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Windsor Star (03/Apr/1992) - Heart failure claims veteran actor Paul Henreid



Heart failure claims veteran actor Paul Henreid

Actor Paul Henreid, the stoic resistance fighter Victor Laszlo in the film classic Casablanca, has died. He was 84.

Henreid, who created another of cinema's vintage moments when he sentimentally lit two cigarettes and handed one to Bette Davis in Now, Voyager, died Sunday, a daughter, Monika Henreid, announced Thursday.

Henreid died of heart failure at Santa Monica (Calif.) Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Wendy Guillies.

A private funeral was held Thursday.

An actor and director, Henreid's career spanned 50 years. His credits included Night Train, Devotion, In Our Time, Between Two Worlds, Of Human Bondage, Rope of Sand and Last of the Buccaneers.

Henreid's directing credits included the movies For Men Only, Dead Ringer, Ballad in Blue, and such television productions as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Big Valley, G.E. Theatre and Alcoa Presents.

But his roles in Casablanca and Now, Voyager were the defining moments of the aristocratic actor's career.

In 1942's Casablanca he starred along with Humphrey Bogart as the club owner Rick, Ingrid Bergman as Laszlo's wife, Dooley Wilson as Sam the piano player, and Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

Now, Voyager, released that same year, featured Henreid with Davis and Rains.

Henreid was born Paul George Julius Hernreid Ritter von Wasel Waldingau in Trieste, Italy, on Jan. 10, 1908. His first U.S. movie was Joan of Paris, which established him as a romantic leading man and, at 6-foot-3, one of the tallest.