Wolfgang Preiss

The career trajectory of Wolfgang Preiss is not your standard fare. Things started off in a usual enough manner: Preiss studied drama and took private acting lessons in his early 20s. He then began a career on stage ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1910 in Nuremberg, DE

Filmography

Actor (30)

Docteur M. 1990 (Movie)

Kessler (Actor)

Land der Vater, Land der Sohne 1987 (Movie)

Old Bernauer (Actor)

The Second Victory 1985 (Movie)

Father Albertus (Actor)

Vergesst Mozart 1984 (Movie)

Von Swieten (Actor)

Fantasma d'Amore 1980 (Movie)

Count Zini (Actor)

Bloodline 1979 (Movie)

Julius Prager (Actor)

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

Franz Tauber (Actor)

The Boys From Brazil 1978 (Movie)

Lofquist (Actor)

Die Anstalt 1977 (Movie)

Dr Reincke (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Field Marshall Gerd Von Rundstedt (Actor)

Die Standarte 1976 (Movie)

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Raid on Rommel 1971 (Movie)

Rommel (Actor)

The Salzburg Connection 1971 (Movie)

Austrian Detective Zauner (Actor)

Un Uomo da Rispettare 1971 (Movie)

Miller (Actor)

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

Colonel Von Haller (Actor)

Anzio 1968 (Movie)

Marshal Kesselring (Actor)

Jack of Diamonds 1966 (Movie)

von Schenk (Actor)

Backfire 1965 (Movie)

Grenner (Actor)

The Train 1965 (Movie)

Herren (Actor)

Von Ryan's Express 1964 (Movie)

Maj Von Klemment (Actor)

The Cardinal 1963 (Movie)

SS Major (Actor)

Lafayette 1962 (Movie)

Baron Kalb (Actor)

The Counterfeit Traitor 1962 (Movie)

Col Nordoff (Actor)

Die Todesstrahlen des Dr. Mabuse 1960 (Movie)

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Im Stahlnetz des Dr Mabuse 1960 (Movie)

Dr Mabuse (Actor)

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

Dr Jordan (Actor)

Before Sundown 1955 (Movie)

Dr Hahnefeld (Actor)

Canaris 1955 (Movie)

Colonel Hall (Actor)

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The career trajectory of Wolfgang Preiss is not your standard fare. Things started off in a usual enough manner: Preiss studied drama and took private acting lessons in his early 20s. He then began a career on stage, touring across his native Germany and performing in a number of different productions. He received an exemption from military service and was able to move into motion pictures in 1942's "Die grosse Liebe," Nazi Germany's most profitable film ever. In 1949, Preiss's acting career took a detour while he spent a great deal of time dubbing films into German. He made his way back to acting in 1954, and took the role of Claus von Stauffenberg in "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler," the 1955 dramatization of just that. He earned the German Film Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement by an Actor for his portrayal of the lead character in the story, which is based on true events. He also garnered some international buzz, and was able to work on high-profile Hollywood projects with filmmakers like Otto Preminger and Richard Attenborough. Nevertheless, he continued to be firmly typecast as a villainous German officer, usully vying against American heroes like Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra.

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