Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Born Muni Weisenfreund, the son of Yiddish actors, he was 13 when his family came to Chicago. His father opened Weisenfreund's Pavilion Theatre, here at 12th Street (now Roosevelt Road) and Halstead Street, in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. Here Muni learned the tricks of the trade — fixing his own makeup, mastering accents and playing a wide range of roles. Neighborhood residents flocked to the 300-seat theater for Muni's Friday night and Saturday afternoon performers.
Muni traveled the theater circuit, eventually making his Broadway debut in We Americans in 1926. Two years later he moved to Hollywood, where the studio promptly changed his name the more accessible Paul Muni. He won an Oscar for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936). His other Academy Award nominated films include The Valiant, I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Life of Emile Zola, and The Last Angry Man.
Location. 41° 52.037′ N, 87° 38.755′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from West Roosevelt Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jane Addams' Hull-House and Dining Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jane Addams' Hull House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Patrick's Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rowe Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Donohue Building (approx. one mile away); The Morton Building / Hotel Blake (approx. one mile away); Hotel Somerset (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
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