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      Helmut Dantine

      Helmut Dantine

      Highest Rated: 96% To Be or Not to Be (1942)

      Lowest Rated: 50% War and Peace (1956)

      Birthday: Oct 7, 1918

      Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

      Despite being forced to flee his native Austria after the Anschluss, Helmut Dantine forged a Hollywood career playing Germans during World War II. Released from the Rosserlaende concentration camp with the connivance of a sympathetic physician, 19 year-old Helmut Guttman -- as he was initially called -- lodged with a friend in Los Angeles and began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He was signed soon after by Warner Bros. and took uncredited parts in classics like "To Be or Not to Be" and "Casablanca" before cameoing as the wounded Luftwaffe pilot in the British home front drama "Mrs Miniver." He proved more sadistic as the commandant executing villagers aiding the Norwegian resistance in "Edge of Darkness," but he also played a Maquis patriot escaping from Devil's Island with Humphrey Bogart in "Passage to Marseille" and an anti-Nazi underground leader evading the Gestapo in "Hotel Berlin." His career stuttered after the war and between prestige supporting roles like Prince Hugo in the Ethel Merman musical "Call Me Madam" and the caddish Dolokhov in King Vidor's adaptation of "War and Peace," he settled for TV slots and B leads like the Greek partisan defending Athens from the Axis in "Guerilla Girl" and the alien warning Patricia Neal of dire portents in "Stranger From Venus." Married to the daughter of former MGM boss Nicholas Schenck, Dantine tried his hand at directing with "Thundering Jets" and later executive produced "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" and "The Killer Elite" for Sam Peckinpah.

      Highest rated movies

      96% To Be or Not to Be
      80% Call Me Madam
      80% Watch on the Rhine
      78% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
      75% Operation Crossbow
      67% The Wilby Conspiracy
      60% The Killer Elite
      60% Passage to Marseille

      Photos

      NORTHERN PURSUIT, Helmut Dantine, Errol Flynn, 1943 HOTEL BERLIN, Faye Emerson, Helmut Dantine, 1945 MRS. MINIVER, Greer Garson, Helmut Dantine, 1942 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, Victor Francen, Claude Rains, Peter Camlin, Sydney Greenstreet, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Helmut Dantine, Philip Dorn, George Tobias, 1944 HOTEL BERLIN, Helmut Dantine, Faye Emerson, 1945 WHISPERING CITY, Helmut Dantine, Joy Lafleur, 1947 HOTEL BERLIN, Andrea King, Kurt Kreuger, Helmut Dantine, 1945 CASABLANCA, Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Joy Page, Helmut Dantine, 1942 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, Helmut Dantine, George Tobias, Humphrey Bogart, Billy Roy, Philip Dorn, 1944 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, Philip Dorn, Helmut Dantine, Humphrey Bogart, Billy Roy, Peter Lorre, 1944 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, Peter Lorre, Helmut Dantine, George Tobias, Humphrey Bogart, Philip Dorn, Billy Roy, Victor Francen, Eduardo Ciannelli, 1944 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, Humphrey Bogart, Philip Dorn, Claude Rains, George Tobias, Helmut Dantine, Peter Lorre, 1944 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, Humphrey Bogart, Helmut Dantine, Billy Roy, George Tobias, 1944 WHISPERING CITY, Helmut Dantine, Paul Lukas, 1947 HOTEL BERLIN, George Coulouris, Helmut Dantine, Andrea King, 1945 MRS. MINIVER, from left: Greer Garson, Helmut Dantine, 1942 HOTEL BERLIN, Helmut Dantine, 1945 MRS. MINIVER, Helmut Dantine, Greer Garson, 1942 WHISPERING CITY, Helmut Dantine, Mary Anderson, 1947 HOTEL BERLIN, Peter Lorre, Helmut Dantine, 1945

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 42% The Fifth Musketeer Spanish Ambassador (Character) - 1979
      67% 45% The Wilby Conspiracy Prosecuting Counsel (Character) - 1975
      60% 33% The Killer Elite Vorodny (Character) - 1975
      78% 85% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Max (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The File on Devlin Hans Raedler (Character) - 1969
      75% 54% Operation Crossbow Gen. Linz (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tempest Svabrin (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fraulein Lt. Hugo Von Metzler (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thundering Jets Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 10% The Story of Mankind Marc Antony (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clipper Ship Luis Obregon (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell on Devil's Island Paul Rigaud (Character) - 1957
      50% 63% War and Peace Dolokhov (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 0% The Stranger From Venus The Stranger (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guerrilla Girl Demetri Alexander (Character) - 1953
      80% 69% Call Me Madam Prince Hugo (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 29% Whispering City Michel Lacoste (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of a Woman Dr. Eric Ryder (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape in the Desert Capt. Becker (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 67% Hotel Berlin Dr. Martin Richter (Character) - 1945
      60% 57% Passage to Marseille Garou (Character) - 1944
      80% 63% Watch on the Rhine Young Man (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 38% Northern Pursuit Hugo von Keller (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 20% Mission to Moscow Maj. Kamenev (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 78% Edge of Darkness Captain Koenig (Character) - 1943
      96% 93% To Be or Not to Be Co-pilot (uncredited) (Character) - 1942

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Baron Orlonski (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1949