Anton Diffring

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1918

Filmography

Actor (36)

Les Predateurs de la nuit 1988 (Movie)

Karl Heinz Moser (Actor)

Wahnfried 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summer of the Samurai 1985 (Movie)

Weinrich (Actor)

Der Schnuffler 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Marie Ward 1984 (Movie)

Cardinal Millini (Actor)

The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

SAS a San Salvador 1981 (Movie)

Reynolds (Actor)

Tusk 1978 (Movie)

John Morrison (Actor)

Valentino 1977 (Movie)

Baron Long (Actor)

L' Imprecateur 1976 (Movie)

Ronson (Actor)

Les Indiens sont encore loin 1976 (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)

Vanessa 1976 (Movie)

Cooper (Actor)

Call Him Mr. Shatter 1974 (Movie)

Hans Leber (Actor)

Operation Daybreak 1974 (Movie)

Reinhard Heydrich (Actor)

The Swiss Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Franz Benninger (Actor)

Assignment: Vienna 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beast Must Die 1973 (Movie)

Pavel (Actor)

Big Guns 1972 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street 1972 (Movie)

Mensur (Actor)

Don't Cry For Me Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

Zeppelin 1969 (Movie)

Colonel Hirsch (Actor)

Where Eagles Dare 1968 (Movie)

Colonel Kramer (Actor)

The Double Man 1967 (Movie)

Berthold (Actor)

Counterpoint 1966 (Movie)

Arndt (Actor)

Fahrenheit 451 1966 (Movie)

Fabian (Actor)

The Blue Max 1966 (Movie)

Holbach (Actor)

The Heroes of Telemark 1964 (Movie)

Major Frick (Actor)

The Man Who Could Cheat Death 1958 (Movie)

Dr Georges Bonnet (Actor)

I Am a Camera 1955 (Movie)

Fritz Wendel (Actor)

Reach For the Sky 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Colditz Story 1955 (Movie)

Fischer (Actor)

The Sea Shall Not Have Them 1955 (Movie)

German Pilot (Actor)

Betrayed 1954 (Movie)

Captain Von Stanger (Actor)

Flambards (TV Show)

Actor

The Savage Curse (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

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