Sig Arno

Active - 1926 - 1953  |   Born - Jan 1, 1895   |   Died - Aug 17, 1975   |   Genres - Musical, Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

With the possible exceptions of fellow character players Fritz Feld and Gino Corrado, German-born actor Sig Arno played more waiters and maitre d's than any other film actor. A prominent stage comedian in his native Germany, Arno made his first film, Pandora's Box, in 1925. The rise of Hitler and the Nazis precipitated Arno's exit from Germany in 1933, but he had no trouble establishing himself professionally in the rest of Europe. In 1939, Arno settled in the United States, becoming one of Hollywood's favorite "funny Europeans." Sig Arno devoted what little time off he had from his motion picture activity to his second-favorite activity as a successful portrait painter.

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