Korvin, Charles Edit


Agent Type


  • 1907-1998 (Existence)

Name Forms

  • Korvin, Charles
  • Geza Karpathi, Geza Korvin Karpathi, Geza Korvin

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  • Biography/Historical Note

    Charles Korvin was an actor, photographer, and documentary filmmaker best known for his recurring role in the 1950s television series "Zorro." He was born Geza Karpathi on November 21, 1907, in Piestany, Austria-Hungary (present day Piestany, Slovakia) and studied photography at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1937, he was approached by Dr. Norman Bethune to document the Instituto Hispano-Canadienese de Transfusion de Sangre (a blood transfusion unit during the Spanish Civil War). Karpathi collaborated with director Herbert Kline on the project. Unfortunately, during the Spanish Civil War “taking pictures and collecting information at the front – both integral to any film project – were deemed by some Spaniards to be highly suspect” (The Politics of Passion, p. 124). The thirty-minute documentary film entitled Heart of Spain was funded by the CASD (Communist Party of Canada) and aired on CBC in Canada.


    Karpathi moved to the United States in 1940 and studied acting at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA. Three years later he made his Broadway debut in Dark Eyes under the stage name of Geza Korvin. For his film premier in Enter Arsene Lupin (1945), Karpathi starred in the title role of Arsene Lupin using his more familiar name of Charles Korvin. In 1951, Korvin was blacklisted in Hollywood for approximately the next decade after he refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. He continued to make appearances on television in the interim, but it would not be until 1965 that he returned to the screen in Ship of Fools alongside Lee Marvin and Vivian Leigh. Korvin died in New York City on June 18, 1998.

    Author: Craig Bruce Smith

    Hannant, Larry ED. The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.