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      Walter Rilla

      Walter Rilla

      Highest Rated: 83% Song Without End (1960)

      Lowest Rated: 80% The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

      Birthday: Aug 22, 1894

      Birthplace: Neunkirchen, Bezirk Trier, Germany

      In a career spanning over 50 years, prolific German actor Walter Rilla weathered the storm of rising Nazism, fleeing his native land and finding work in British and French productions before finally returning home, where he also directed and wrote for television. Rilla started an art journal that included works by writers such as Bertolt Brecht, before becoming an assistant director in theater in the early 1920s. He next turned to acting, first appearing on the big screen in 1922, playing a steady stream of intelligent young men, including a turn in the F.W. Murnau comedy "Finances of the Grand Duke." Along with his Jewish wife, he immigrated to England in the mid '30s, landing in popular costume dramas such as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Victoria the Great." As a result of World War II, many of Rilla's roles were as evil foreigners, a typecasting that mellowed into distinguished elderly gentlemen over time. Returning to West Germany in the late '50s, he found further work in a range of national and international pictures, including several "Dr. Mabuse" films and the spaghetti Western "Day of Anger." Through the '60s, he expanded his creative endeavors to include writing and directing TV movies.

      Highest rated movies

      83% Song Without End
      80% The Face of Fu Manchu

      Photos

      THE ASSASSIN, (aka EL ALAMEIN; VENETIAN BIRD), from left: Walter Rilla, Eva Bartok, 1952 STATE SECRET, (aka THE GREAT MANHUNT), from left: Walter Rilla, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1950 CAIRO, from left: Eric Pohlmann, Walter Rilla, 1963 CAIRO, Walter Rilla, 1963 FOR THE FIRST TIME, Johanna von Koczian, Walter Rilla, Annie Rosar, 1959 THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, from left: Walter Rilla, Leslie Howard, 1934 CAIRO, from left: George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Walter Rilla, 1963

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 42% The Devil Came From Akasava Lord Kingsley (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Future Women Ennio Rossini (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 82% Day of Anger Murph Allan Short (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Die Rechnung - eiskalt serviert John M. Clark (Character) - 1966
      80% 29% The Face of Fu Manchu Prof. Muller (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 13 Sir Marney (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Racetrack Murders Lord John Mant (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 21% Frozen Alive Sir Keith (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Code 7 Victim 5! Wexler (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Death Ray Mirror of Dr. Mabuse Prof. Pohland (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cairo Kuchuk (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanders Dr. Schneider (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 62% The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Priest (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forger of London John Leith (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Ways Jancsi (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 76% Terror of the Mad Doctor Prof. Pohland (Character) - 1960
      83% 39% Song Without End Archbishop (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 7% The Gamma People Boronski (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Star of India Unknown (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Green Buddha Frank Olsen (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Assassin Count Boria (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Nick Cain Müller (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 62% Golden Salamander Serafis (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Daughter Joy Andreas (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet State Secret Gen. Niva (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lisbon Story Karl von Schriner (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Emmanuel Brockenburg (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Candlelight in Algeria Dr. Muller (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 54% Adventures of Tartu Inspector Otto Vogel (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Inspector Otto Vogel (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Eyes Roudine (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 60 Glorious Years Prince Ernst (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Victoria the Great Prince Ernest (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abdul the Damned Unknown (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A certain Mr. Gran Pietro Broccardo (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cab No. 13 Lucien Rebout (Character) - 1926
      No Score Yet 23% The Finances of the Grand Duke Luis Hernandez (Character) - 1924

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Leonardo da Vinci (Character) 1953