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Wilhelm Thiele was born as Wilhelm Isersohn in 1890 in Vienna and died in 1975 in California. After studying at the Vienna Conservatory, he worked as a stage actor at the Burgtheater in Vienna and at various theaters in Germany. In 1918, he began his career as a theater director at the Volkstheater in Munich, followed by his first outing in film in 1922 with Carl Michael Ziehrer, der letzte Walzerkoenig. In 1933, he emigrated to the USA, where he worked for the major studios 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and MGM. A selection of his other films includes: the silent classics Orient Express (1927), Hurrah! Ich lebe! (1928), and Adieu Mascotte (1929), as well as Liebeswalzer (1930), Three From the Filling Station (Die Drei von der Tankstelle, 1930), The Private Secretary (Die Privatsekretaerin, 1930), numerous episodes of the successful TV series The Lone Ranger (1950), Der letzte Fussgaenger (1960), and Sabine und die 100 Maenner (1960), among others.