Anton Karas

Active - 20th Century  |   Born - Jul 7, 1906 in Vienna, Austria  |   Died - Jan 10, 1985 in Vienna, Austria  |   Genres - Comedy, Musical, Mystery, Romance

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Composer Anton Karas didn't so much break into films as much as find himself pushed when he was performing in a tavern one night and filmmaker Carol Reed happened to stop in. Liking Kara's unaccompanied zither playing very much, Reed insisted that Karas compose the theme music for his newest film The Third Man. Karas accepted, and both his music and the film became classics. Karas earned enough money from the film to buy his own tavern. In addition to performing there, Karas also occasionally recorded albums.