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Albert Peter Adam Florath (7 December 1888, Bielefeld - 11 March 1957, Gaildorf) was a German stage and film actor. Early life and education: Born to Joseph Florath, a locksmith, and his wife Matilda, née Burkart, he attended school in Brakel and the Realgymnasium in Paderborn. He was bailiff candidate in Delbrück, where he was active in the welfare, church and school department and the police administration. Acting career: Florath gained first stage experience in amateur dramatic groups of local clubs in Delbrück. In 1908, Florath gave up his career in office and went to Munich-Schwabing, to devote himself entirely to acting. He debuted in 1908 as a stage actor at the court theater in Munich. He took acting lessons with Alois Wohlmut and, as a sideline, wrote feuilleton contributions. When the First World War began, Florath interrupted his artistic career, volunteering as a reserve lieutenant and serving as an instructor of recruits. His wartime experiences caused him to rethink his political views and he turned towards socialism. In 1919, he served as a socialist deputy in the Bavarian National Assembly. After the failure of the Bavarian Soviet Republic and the murder of Kurt Eisner, Florath went to Berlin, where he served from 1920 until 1944 in the ensemble of the National Theatre and also directed. In 1938, Florath was designated as a Staatsschauspieler (i.e. an actor of national importance). He made his film debut in 1918. With the advent of sound film, Florath established himself as a character actor with mostly grumpy and sometimes quirky, but hearty characters. He played in literary adaptations such as Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz, Gerhart Hauptmann's The Beaver Coat and Henrik Ibsen's Nora, in dramas such as Friedrich Schiller - The Triumph of a Genius (along with Horst Caspar), in comedies such as Die Feuerzangenbowle, but also in propaganda films such as Ich klage an (1941), Junge Adler (Young Eagles, 1944) and even in Jud Süß. After the war, he returned to challenging roles, including Love '47 (based on Wolfgang Borchert's drama Draußen vor der Tür (The Man Outside) and next to Curt Goetz in Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius and Das Haus in Montevideo (The House in Montevideo). He also took roles in the Heimatfilm genre such as Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer and Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht (When the white lilacs bloom again (Romy Schneider's first film). His last stage station eventually led him to Stuttgart. Florath lived in Schlechtbach, Gschwend, from 1938 until his death in 1957. Filmography: Danton (1921), The Last Horse Carriage in Berlin (1926), Gehetzte Frauen (1927), The Prince of Rogues (1928), Napoleon at Saint Helena (1929), 1929: Der lustige Witwer, 1931: Berlin - Alexanderplatz, 1931: Der Hauptmann von Köpenick, No Money Needed (1932), 1933: Das Meer ruft, 1933: Reifende Jugend, 1934: The Black Whale, 1935: Kirschen in Nachbars Garten, 1936: Guten Abend, gute Nacht (as Johannes Brahms), 1936: Glückskinder, 1936: Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein, 1937: Die Austernlilli, 1937: Kapriolen, 1937: Der Biberpelz, 1938: Die Umwege des schönen Karl, 1938: Yvette, 1938: Fünf Millionen suchen einen Erben, 1938: Fortsetzung folgt, 1939: Der Gouverneur, 1939: Im Namen des Volkes, 1939: Paradies der Junggesellen, 1939: Eine Frau wie Du, 1939: Die Reise nach Tilsit, 1940: Angelika, The Fox of Glenarvon (1940), 1940: Das Herz der Königin, 1940: Friedrich Schiller - Triumph eines Genies, 1940: Die Rothschilds, 1940: Jud Süß, 1941: Männerwirtschaft, Friedemann Bach (1941), 1941: Ich klage an, 1941: Clarissa, 1941: Jakko, 1942: Himmelhunde, 1942: Die Erbin vom Rosenhof, 1942: Stimme des Herzens, 1942: Ein Walzer mit Dir, 1943: Wenn die Sonne wieder scheint, 1943: Immensee, 1943: Um 9 kommt Harald, 1944: Die Feuerzangenbowle, 1944: Nora, 1944: Junge Adler, Via Mala (1945), 1945: Der Puppenspieler (unvollendet), 1949: Liebe 47, 1949: Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius, 1950: Export in Blond, 1950: Gabriela, 1951: Professor Nachtfalter, 1951: The House in Montevideo, 1952: Toxi, 1952: Einmal am Rhein, 1952: Rosen blühen auf dem Heidegrab, 1953: Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer, 1953: Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht, 1953: Hochzeitsglocken, 1954: Kolumbus entdeckt Krähwinkel, 1954: Der schweigende Engel, 1955: Zwei blaue Augen, 1955: Die Herrin vom Sölderhof, 1955: Das Erbe vom Pruggerhof, 1955: Das Forsthaus in Tirol, 1956: Mädchen mit schwachem Gedächtnis, 1956: Tierarzt Dr. Vlimmen, 1956: Ein Herz kehrt heim, 1956: Drei Birken auf der Heide, 1956: Wenn wir alle Engel wären

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