Vladek Sheybal

Vladek Sheybal was a Polish-born actor who, after making two films in his home country in 1957, left Poland for the greener filmic pastures of England. In 1963, not only was he wooed by director Terence Young to take a ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1923 in Zgierz, PL

Filmography

Actor (30)

Strike It Rich 1990 (Movie)

Kinski (Actor)

Memed My Hawk 1987 (Movie)

Lame Ali (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Bratchenko (Actor)

Where Is Parsifal? 1984 (Movie)

Morjack (Actor)

The Jigsaw Man 1983 (Movie)

General Zorin (Actor)

The Apple 1979 (Movie)

Mr Boogalow (Actor)

Avalanche Express 1978 (Movie)

Zarubin (Actor)

The Lady Vanishes 1978 (Movie)

Trainmaster (Actor)

Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 (Movie)

of Pazuzu (Voice)

Gulliver's Travels 1977 (Movie)

(Voice)

Hamlet 1975 (Movie)

Lucianus (Actor)

The Sell Out 1975 (Movie)

Dutchman (Actor)

Spys 1974 (Movie)

Russian Spy Chief (Actor)

The Wind and the Lion 1974 (Movie)

The Bashaw (Actor)

Scorpio 1973 (Movie)

Zemetkin (Actor)

Innocent Bystanders 1971 (Movie)

Aaron Kaplan (Actor)

Pilatus und Andere 1971 (Movie)

Caiaphas (Actor)

The Boy Friend 1971 (Movie)

De Thrill (Actor)

Leo the Last 1970 (Movie)

Laszlo (Actor)

Mosquito Squadron 1970 (Movie)

Lieutenant Schack (Actor)

Puppet on a Chain 1970 (Movie)

Meegeren (Actor)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

Loerke (Actor)

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

Dr Delgado (Actor)

Billion Dollar Brain 1967 (Movie)

Dr Eiwort (Actor)

Return From the Ashes 1965 (Movie)

Manager of Chess Club (Actor)

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

Kronsteen (Actor)

Champagne Charlie (TV Show)

Actor

Shogun (TV Show)

Actor

Smiley's People (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Vladek Sheybal was a Polish-born actor who, after making two films in his home country in 1957, left Poland for the greener filmic pastures of England. In 1963, not only was he wooed by director Terence Young to take a part in the James Bond film "From Russia with Love," thanks to his unique voice, but also star Sean Connery, a friend, recommended him for the role of the sinister Kronsteen, the chess grandmaster and member of SPECTRE, the terrorist organization. It was an auspicious start for Sheybal, and arguably his best-known role, yet he still had nearly 30 years of work ahead of him. Though he appeared in only one other Bond film, the rather un-Bond-like 1967 "Casino Royale," as the chauffeur to Orson Welles' Le Chiffre, Sheybal took on numerous other villains, including Dr. Eiwort in 1967's "Billion Dollar Brain," and Zemetkin in 1973's "Scorpio," both thrillers. Sheybal launched his TV career the same year as in film, and was just as prolific there: he was a regular on the sci-fi series "UFO" in the early 1970s, playing a doctor, and on the 1979 family drama "Quest of Eagles," as a priest. (Fortunately, his typecasting as a villain wasn't all-encompassing.) Away from the camera, Sheybal also performed on stage and taught acting.

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