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Birth Name: Erich von Stroheim
Born: 09/22/1885
Birth Place: Austria
Death Place: France
Died: 05/12/1957

Erich Oswald Stroheim was born on Sept. 22, 1885, in Vienna, Austria. His parents were middle-class Jews who ran a millinery in Vienna's 7th District and expected their first-born son to assume control of the family business. Uninterested in school work, Stroheim was sent to a trade school in Graz to prepare him for a business career, but that too ended in failure due to frequent truancy. In the fall of 1906, in a bid to escape his destiny as a merchant, Stroheim enlisted as a volunteer with a military transport regiment, where he was trained to handle horses and wagons. Declared unfit for active duty due to physical weakness, Stroheim was discharged in April 1907 and returned to Vienna. Due... Continue Bio >>

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