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Max Pallenberg

Max Pallenberg (born December 18, 1877, as Max Pollack in Vienna – June 26, 1934, in Karlovy Vary) was an Austrian singer, actor and comedian.

Although Pallenberg's career started in 1904 it wasn't until 1909 that he joined Theater an der Wien and (as of 1911) Vienna's Deutsches Volkstheater. However, it was at Berlin's Deutsches Theater where he left a lasting mark on German theatrical practice. He worked there with Max Reinhardt.

Pallenberg's stellar role was in the Erwin Piscator's dramatic adaptation of Jaroslav Hašek's novel The Good Soldier Schweik.

In 1917 he married Fritzi Massary who was one of the divas of the 1920s. In 1933 they left Germany for Austria. A year later he died in an airplane crash near Karlovy Vary in today's Czech Republic. He was cremated at Feuerhalle Simmering, where his ashes are also buried.

Pallenberg also starred in several films:

  • "Pampulik als Affe" (1912)
  • "Pampulik kriegt ein Kind" (1912)
  • "Pampulik hat Hunger" (1913)
  • "Max und seine zwei Frauen" (1915)
  • "Der rasende Roland" (1915)
  • "Kapellmeister Pflegekind" (1915)
  • "Die Nacht und der Leichnam" (1921)
  • The Virtuous Sinner (1931) with Heinz Rühmann

Birth and Death Data: Born December 18th, 1877 (Vienna), Died June 26th, 1934 (Karlovy Vary)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Notes: Husband of Fritzi Massary.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone BK2706 10-in. 1/10/1928 Josef, ach Josef Fritzi Massary ; Max Pallenberg Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pallenberg, Max," accessed August 3, 2021,

Pallenberg, Max. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from

"Pallenberg, Max." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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