Michael Curtiz

1886 - 1962

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Michael Curtiz ( kur-TEEZ; born Manó Kertész Kaminer; Hungarian: Kertész Mihály; December 24, 1886 – April 10, 1962) was a Hungarian-American film director, recognized as one of the most prolific directors in history.: 67  He directed classic films from the silent era and numerous others during Hollywood's Golden Age, when the studio system was prevalent. Curtiz was already a well-known director in Europe when Warner Bros. invited him to Hollywood in 1926, when he was 39 years of age. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Curtiz has received more than 895,016 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Michael Curtiz is the 102nd most popular film director (down from 86th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Hungary (up from 70th in 2019) and the most popular Hungarian Film Director.

Michael Curtiz is most famous for directing Casablanca.

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Among film directors, Michael Curtiz ranks 102 out of 1,580Before him are René Clair, Carlos Saura, Wolfgang Petersen, Sidney Lumet, Peter Brook, and Andrzej Żuławski. After him are Kenji Mizoguchi, Robert Altman, Claude Lelouch, Christopher Nolan, Vincente Minnelli, and John Carpenter.

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Among people born in 1886, Michael Curtiz ranks 21Before him are Gerda Wegener, Gotthard Heinrici, Karl Polanyi, Wilhelm Furtwängler, René Guénon, and Roman von Ungern-Sternberg. After him are Zhu De, Hermann Broch, Jan Masaryk, Erich Hoepner, Athenagoras I of Constantinople, and George Mallory. Among people deceased in 1962, Michael Curtiz ranks 17Before him are Georges Bataille, Arthur Compton, Gaston Bachelard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Auguste Piccard, and Stuart Sutcliffe. After him are Hans Luther, Vasily Stalin, Fritz Kreisler, Natalia Goncharova, Charles Laughton, and C. Wright Mills.

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Among people born in Hungary, Michael Curtiz ranks 63 out of 696Before him are Paul Erdős (1913), Sándor Petőfi (1823), Coloman, King of Hungary (1070), George de Hevesy (1885), Flórián Albert (1941), and Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893). After him are Géza II of Hungary (1130), Béla II of Hungary (1108), Andrew I of Hungary (1010), Stephen III of Hungary (1147), Marie Henriette of Austria (1836), and Solomon, King of Hungary (1053).


Among film directors born in Hungary, Michael Curtiz ranks 1After him are István Szabó (1938), Miklós Jancsó (1921), Béla Tarr (1955), Adolph Zukor (1873), Márta Mészáros (1931), Ladislao Vajda (1906), Ján Kadár (1918), László Benedek (1905), Charles Vidor (1900), Zoltán Fábri (1917), and Ildikó Enyedi (1955).