1904 – He was born on June 26 of this year in Hungary, which is now known as Slovakia. His family moved to Vienna where he attended school. He began acting on stage in Vienna where he worked with Richard Teschner, then moved to Breslau, and Zürich.
1920 – He moved to Berlin where he worked with German playwright Bertolt Brecht, most notably in his Mann is Mann. He also appeared as Dr. Nakamura in the infamous musical Happy End by Brecht and composer Kurt Weill.
1931 – He became famous when Fritz Lang cast him as a child killer in his film “M.”
1933 – The Nazis came to power in Germany in this year, and he took refuge first in Paris and then London where he played a charming villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.
1940 – He co-starred with fellow horror actors Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in the Kay Kyser movie "You’ll Find Out".
1941 – He became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
1946 – He starred along with Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald in Three Strangers, a suspense film about three people who are joint partners on a winning lottery ticket.
1951 – In Germany he co-wrote, directed, and starred in Der Verlorene (The Lost One), a critically acclaimed art film in the film noir style.
1954 – He is arguably the first Bond Villain, playing alongside Barry Nelson (who played an Americanized Bond) in the first screenplay adaptation of James Bond in this year.
1960 – During this year, he worked with Roger Corman on several low-budgeted, tongue-in-cheek, and very popular films.
1964 – He died of stroke on the 23rd day of March this year.