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Overview (3)

Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died in Vienna, Austria  (heart attack)
Birth NameGustav Karl Balthasar

Mini Bio (1)

Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After that he became famous in USA, but returned to Germany after making only one film in Hollywood. He also played in Italian films. After a short-lived first marriage, he cohabited with Camilla Horn for a couple of years, but in 1938 he married opera star Maria Cebotari, with who he had two sons; one of them lives today in England and the other one in New Zealand. Gustav Diessl died, much too young,in Vienna.

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Spouse (2)

Maria Cebotari (1938 - 20 March 1948) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Irmgard Amalie Wettach (? - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (8)

Diessl died in 1948 following two strokes.
After World War I, Diessl started training as a stage designer but left to pursue a professional career in acting. Meanwhile, he played for a touring company and in 1921 had his first fixed engagement at the Neue Wiener Bühne. That same year he appeared in his film debut, G. W. Pabst's Im Banne der Kralle (1921).
One of his most famous roles was in the German 1944-45 propaganda epic Kolberg designed to strengthen peoples' morale at the time of great military reverses.
He logged a large number of films, usually romantic comedies, among them several in war-time Italy.
In 1916, he was an extra on different stages in Vienna but was soon recruited into the army for World War I. During his military service, he was held prisoner for a year.
The actor Gustav Diessl attended courses in painting and art where he already demonstrated his artistic ambitions.
After his first marriage ended, Diessl lived with actress Camilla Horn for several years.
His son Peter was born in 1941. In October 1945 his second son Fritz was born. After Diessl and his wife had died, the orphaned children went into care of Curt Goetz and Valerie von Martens, who took them in 1949 to Switzerland. In 1954 the boys were adopted by Clifford Curzon, an English professor and his American wife Lucille Curzon-Wallace, a heir to a pharmaceutical factory.

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