Jannings: Distinguished German actor, most popular in the silent
Emil Zatopek: Czech athlete and gold medal winner
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you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a
different life, run a marathon
~ Emil Zatopek
Jannings (July 23, 1884 - January 3, 1950) was the first winner
of the Academy Award for Best Actor.
He won the 1927/1928 Oscar for two films -- The
Way of All Flesh
Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz in Rorschach, Switzerland, of a
German mother and an American father, Jannings, as a theater
actor, had a promising Hollywood career come to an end when
talkies made his thick German accent difficult to understand. He
returned to Europe, where he starred opposite Marlene Dietrich in
the classic The
filmed in English simultaneously with its German version Der
He made several pro-Nazi films, ending any chance he may have had
for a comeback in the United States. Minister of Propaganda
Joseph Goebbels named him "Artist of the State" in
of his involvement in Nazi propaganda, Jannings was prohibited to
work after the war, and retired to his farm in Austria. Very
proficient in money matters, Jannings was one of the highest paid
actors of his time.
Zátopek (September 19, 1922 – November 22, 2000) was
a Czech athlete probably best known for winning three gold medals
in long-distance events at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
He won gold in the 5 km and 10 km runs, but his final medal came
when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first
marathon of his life.
was the first athlete to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10 km
run (in 1954). Three years earlier, in 1951, he had broken the
hour for running 20 km. He is widely considered to be one of the
greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his
brutally tough training methods.
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