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Movie Star Mystery Photo


 May 25, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Paul Lukas in a 1927 photo.

Aug. 17, 1971, Paul Lukas

Update: As many people guessed, this is Paul Lukas. Above, Lukas' obituary, Aug. 17, 1971.

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures -- sometimes it's difficult to choose. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.

I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again.) If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: Trixie Friganza!

May 26, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Lukas in "Little Women."

Here's another picture of our mystery guest. Please congratulate "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker, who correctly identified him.

May 27, 2009, Mystery Photo
Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

Lukas and Deputy Dist. Atty. Percy Hammon discuss the conspiracy trial of Vilma Aknay and Sari Fedak over a lawsuit against playwright Ernest Vajda.

Here's another photo of our mystery star with a mystery companion! Please congratulate Alexa Foreman, Elsie, Carmen, Claire Lockhart, Joan Myers, Zooey, Nick Santa Maria, Bob Birchard, Lee Ann Bailey and Paul Cardinal for recognizing him!

May 28, 1959, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Lukas greets Thomas Mann and his wife at Warner Bros., Oct. 5, 1943. 

Many people have identified our mystery guest, including Eve Golden, Michael Ryerson and Tony Lucia. Who are his mystery companions?
May 29, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Lukas in a photo published Aug. 16, 1971.
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Comments (55)

I'm going to say Lew Cody, but he looks like he's wearing Eastern European dress.

Joseph Schildkraut?

look a lot like Alec Guiness

You really know how to rack one's brains with these photos. I hate when I know someone and can't put my finger on it.
I am going to say Jonathan Hale.

Nertz. You got me stumped; I'm not even going to hazard a guess. Maybe after another photo or two . . .

I would say that it's a young Paul Lukas!

John Gilbert

Hans Conried?

Is he Olin Howland?

Paul Lukas?

Paul Lukas
*First Photo does not look anything like Paul Lukas but what a wonderful photo!
Second is from Little Women and Paul was the professor!

Paul Lukas

Is this Paul Lukas?

Rossano Brazzi ?

Paul Lukas?

Paul Lukas

An original member of The Mercury Theater, Everett Sloane.

Clifton Webb????

Grant Mitchell

In the second picture, he's starting to look like David Daniel Kaminski. Is it Danny Kaye?

I think it's the 6th Stooge - Emil Sitka.

Paul Lukas

Paul Lukas

Is it Paul Lukas?

Paul Lukas



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