A while back someone posted a question about “Max Schreck,” the actor who played the vampire in “Nosferatu.”
I still don’t know who “Max Schreck” or (“Max Shriek” in English) was.
But here is what I found:
According to Forrest J. Ackerman in “Famous Monsters of Filmland,” (sorry–don’t recall the issue) “Max Schreck” was the German actor equivalent of the “Alan Smithee” director name.
That is, it was a generic name for actors to use if they didn’t want to use their real names.
Typically, they were horror films, where a lot of make-up would make them unrecognizable.
So, the actor’s identity (from “Nosferatu”) is still a mystery–and probably will remain so.