Romantic lead and then (due to his increasing weight) character player, discovered by Michael Curtiz in Hungary in 1922. Slezak began appearing in German films that year and moved to the US, initially as a stage actor, in 1930. His screen roles were often as heavies, notably in "This Land is Mine" (1943) and "Lifeboat" (1944). Like his father, Leo Slezak (1873-1946), he was also a gifted opera singer. Daughter Erika Slezak has appeared on daytime soaps.
Cast (Feature Film)
Screen debut, "Sodom und Gomorrah"
Worked as bank clerk when discovered by director Michael Kertesz (later Curtiz)
Moved to US
US film debut, "Once Upon a Honeymoon"
US opera debut in "The Gypsy Baron" at the Metropolitan Opera
Played daughter Erika Slezak's godfather on her daytime soap opera, "One Life to Live"