Werner Peters

A prolific German actor who worked until the day he died, Werner Peters played both sinister and melodramatic characters with equal aplomb. His first major film part came with the lead in Wolfgang Staudte's "Man of ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1918

Filmography

Actor (12)

Assignment K 1968 (Movie)

Kramer (Actor)

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

Major von Steignitz (Actor)

I Deal in Danger 1966 (Movie)

Elm (Actor)

A Fine Madness 1965 (Movie)

Dr Vorbeck (Actor)

36 Hours 1963 (Movie)

Otto Schack (Actor)

The Phantom of Soho 1963 (Movie)

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The Counterfeit Traitor 1962 (Movie)

Bruno Ulrich (Actor)

Im Stahlnetz des Dr Mabuse 1960 (Movie)

Bohmler (Actor)

Rosemary 1959 (Movie)

Nakonski (Actor)

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

Billenbeck (Actor)

The Devil Strikes at Night 1958 (Movie)

Willi Keun (Actor)

Istanbul Express (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prolific German actor who worked until the day he died, Werner Peters played both sinister and melodramatic characters with equal aplomb. His first major film part came with the lead in Wolfgang Staudte's "Man of Straw," in which he played the power-crazed Diederich Heßling, a character who gets ahead by trampling others. His next big turn came in the disturbing "The Devil Strikes at Night," in which Peters played the desperate Willi Keun, a married man wrongly accused of murdering his lover. Taking a break from fiendish characters, Peters soon after became a fixture in the Dr. Mabuse melodramas of the 1960s. He appeared in German auteur Fritz Lang's "The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse" as the obnoxiously aggressive insurance salesman Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig. Peters went on to play Böhmler in "The Return of Dr. Mabuse," and the Clown Bobo, a revue theater entertainer involved in criminal doings, in "The Invisible Dr. Mabuse." The actor became known to American audiences playing General Kohler, the strong-willed German commander in the World War II war epic "Battle of the Bulge" and as another German war operative--Otto Schack--in "36 Hours," in which he played opposite James Garner. Peters worked consistently until 1971, when he died of a heart attack at age 52 during a promotional tour for a movie.

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