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Paul Muni

Actor 1895-1967

 
 
Paul Muni Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
1. Paul Muni Marker
Inscription.  Paul Muni, “the man with a thousand faces,” was one of Hollywood's finest character actors. Yet he performed in more than 300 Yiddish-speaking roles before uttering a single word in English on Broadway.

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.
Paul Muni Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
2. Paul Muni Marker
41° 52.037′ N, 87° 38.755′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from West Roosevelt Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maxwell Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 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); Charles R. Walgreen Sr. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Brooks Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mary Bartelme, Illinois’ First Female Judge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
UIC building 621<br>The Roosevelt Road Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
3. UIC building 621
The Roosevelt Road Building
728 West Roosevelt Road. The marker can be seen on the right of the building.
Paul Muni image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
4. Paul Muni
Paul Muni in <i>I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang</i> image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
5. Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Paul Muni starred as a prison inmate in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, 1932.
Close-up of photo on marker
Paul Muni as Louis Pasteur image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
6. Paul Muni as Louis Pasteur
in The Story of Louis Pasteur, 1936
Close-up of photo on marker
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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