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1886: The Famous Director of Casablanca was actually from Hungary

1886: The Famous Director of Casablanca was actually from Hungary
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  • Historical event
  • 24 December 1886
  • His real name was Manó Kaminer Kertész, but as an actor and director in Hungary he used the name Mihály Kertész. He later anglicized it in Michael Curtiz.

The director of the film Casablanca was born on this day in 1886 in Budapest (then in Austria-Hungary), to Hungarian-Jewish parents. His real name was Manó Kaminer Kertész, but as an actor and director in Hungary he used the name Mihály Kertész. He later anglicized it in Michael Curtiz. During World War I he briefly served in the artillery of the Austro-Hungarian Army. He moved to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood he became so rich that he owned a polo field next to his house, which he used regularly with his guests. His films won a total of four Academy Awards. Among the best known are his films The Adventures of Robin Hood, Angels with Dirty Faces, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and White Christmas.

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