Schildkraut (1864-1930) was born in the city of
Constantinople, Turkey, It was by being a part of the many
Germany repertory companies in Europe that he was able to
finely hone his acting skills. He became especially
well-known as an actor after performing in Berlin, Germany
with the acting troupe of Max Reinhardt.
acted on the Yiddish stage at a very high level. His son
" In his reserve, his simplicity, his art of
'underplaying,'...he was twenty years ahead of his
time...he was timeless as the character he created and as
all great art is, defying classification and transcending
the confines of style and school; naturalist in his minute
observation of detail, classicist in his respect for form,
expressionist in his relentless drive for the essential,
ultramodern in his search for the hidden truth behind the
facade of sham and illusion...None of his creations could
be reduced to a formula, for he presented within each
character in all its complexity and inconsistency."
also acted on Broadway as well as in both German and
American films in the 1920s.