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      Anton Diffring

      Anton Diffring

      Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Max (1966)

      Lowest Rated: 43% The Beast Must Die (1974)

      Birthday: Oct 20, 1918

      Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany

      Anton Diffring was a German-born actor whose classical features and imperious demeanor garnered him numerous roles as a Nazi military officer, landing him parts in war dramas throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Born in 1918, Diffring fled Nazi Germany in 1936, settling first in Canada and later, after WWII, in the United States and Britain. Despite obvious allegiances to the Allied forces during wartime, Diffring, when he began his acting career in the '50s, was immediately typecast as a villainous Nazi officer, appearing as a haughty military taskmaster in such classic films as "The Blue Max" (1966), "Where Eagles Dare" (1968), and "Operation: Daybreak" (1975). Diffring attempted to break away from obvious villain roles, with stints in TV and stage acting, but the lure of film work proved too great. In 1966, Diffring starred opposite Austrian actor Oskar Werner in François Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451," a role that proved his mettle as more than just a character actor. With his career winding down in the '80s, Diffring took on an increasing number of TV roles including, most notably, the part of Adolf Hitler's foreign minister on the 1983 mini-series "The Winds of War." Diffring died on May 20, 1989, in his home in the south of France.

      Highest rated movies

      The Blue Max
      Where Eagles Dare
      Fahrenheit 451
      The Colditz Story
      The Beast Must Die

      Photos

      MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, THE, Anton Diffring, 1959 I AM A CAMERA, Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Anton Diffring, Shelley Winters, 1955 THE DOUBLE MAN, Yul Brynner, (left and right), Anton Diffring, 1967 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, 1959 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, Arnold Marle, Anton Diffring, 1959 CALL HIM MR. SHATTER (aka SHATTER), Stuart Whitman, Anton Diffring, ?, 1974 CALL HIM MR. SHATTER (aka SHATTER), Stuart Whitman, Anton Diffring, 1974 THE COLDITZ STORY, Anton Diffring, John Mills (r), 1955 I AM A CAMERA, Laurence Harvey, Anton Diffring, Julie Harris, 1955 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, Hazel Court, Anton Diffring, 1959 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, 1959 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, from left: Delphi Lawrence, Anton Diffring, 1959 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, Arnold Marle, Anton Diffring, 1959 THE HEROES OF TELEMARK, Anton Diffring, 1965 THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, Anton Diffring, 1959 ZEPPELIN, Anton Diffring (hand on pole), Elke sommer (behind ladder), Michael York (right), 1971 OPERATION: DAYBREAK, Anton Diffring, 1975

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet S.A.S. à San Salvador Unknown (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 45% Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death Graf Udo Von Felseck (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Der Schnüffler Col. Henderson (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitler's Son Gernheim (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 26% The Swiss Conspiracy Franz Benninger (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 33% Vanessa Cooper (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Montana Trap Lieutnant Slade (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Price of Freedom Reinhard Heydrich (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Him Mr. Shatter Hans Leber (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 77% Operation Daybreak Reinhard Heydrich (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me and Die Jonathan Lanceford (Character) - 1974
      43% 37% The Beast Must Die Pavel (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 26% Shatter Hans Leber (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Savage Curse Jonathan Lanceford (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eyes Dr. Franz (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 30% La morte negli occhi del gatto (Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye) Unknown (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 11% Mark of the Devil, Part II Balthasar von Ross (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 50% Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Mensur (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 20% Little Mother The Cardinal (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of CIA-Mann Simpson (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 65% No Way Out Hans Grunwald (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Immoral Mistress The Cardinal (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 50% Zeppelin Colonel Hirsch (Character) - 1971
      84% 89% Where Eagles Dare SS-Standartenführer Kramer (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Michael Kohlhaas Kurfürst (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Counterpoint Col. Arndt (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 19% The Double Man Berthold (Character) - 1967
      100% 76% The Blue Max Holbach (Character) - 1966
      81% 72% Fahrenheit 451 Fabian (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lana, Queen of the Amazons Professor Van Vrie (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Midnight Dr. Erik Leichner (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 43% Circus of Horrors Dr. Schuler (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 34% The Man Who Could Cheat Death Dr. Georges Bonnet (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Adultery Carl Dieter (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 8% Tales of Frankenstein Unknown (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Tent Senior Nazi Officer (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Accursed Joseph Brezina (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 40% Lady of Vengeance Karnak (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Phoenix Inspector Schell (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crooked Sky Fraser (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Triple Deception Anton Lauderbach (Character) - 1956
      80% 72% The Colditz Story Fischer (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 35% I Am a Camera Fritz Wendel (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Diplomat Unknown (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 17% The Paratrooper The Pole (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor in Paris Renoir (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Island Rescue German soldier 1 (Character) - 1951

      TV

      Credit
      68% 79% Doctor Who De Flores (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Carlo (Character) 1956