Carl Esmond was an Austrian stage actor, born in Vienna, Austria. His birth name was Willy Eichberger which he later anglicized to Charles Esmond and finally to Carl Esmond. He was highly active in the Viennese genre of shallow romantic comedies so popular in the Austria of the interwar period. Like many of his fellow actors, Esmond fled Germany to England following the German takeover in 1938. Esmond continued to appear on stage as well as in British and American films. He appeared in over 50 films and numerous television programs. He died in Brentwood, California in 2004 at the age of 102.