Helmut Dantine

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1918 in Vienna, AT

Filmography

Actor (24)

The 5th Musketeer 1978 (Movie)

Spanish Ambassador (Actor)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

Vorodny (Actor)

The Wilby Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1973 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Call Holme 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The File on Devlin 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

General Linz (Actor)

The Tempest 1958 (Movie)

Svabrin (Actor)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Anthony (Actor)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

Nectanebus (Actor)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

Dolokhov (Actor)

Call Me Madam 1953 (Movie)

Prince Hugo (Actor)

Guerrilla Girl 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Passage to Marseille 1944 (Movie)

Garou (Actor)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mrs. Miniver 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hotel Berlin (Movie)

Martin Richter (Actor)

Northern Pursuit (Movie)

Col. Hugo von Keller (Actor)

The Pied Piper (Movie)

Aide (Actor)

Watch on the Rhine (Movie)

Young Man (Actor)

Whispering City (Movie)

Michel Lacoste (Actor)
Producer (2)

The Wilby Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Gwen Anderson

Wife
divorced

Nicola Schenck

Wife

EDUCATION

University of California

Milestones

1969

Promoted to president Schenck Enterprises

1959

Made vice president Schenck Enterprises

1955

First film as director "Thundering Jets"

1940

Film acting debut

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