Anton Diffring

Anton Diffring

Highest Rated: 91% Where Eagles Dare (1969)

Lowest Rated: 60% The Beast Must Die (1974)

Birthday: Oct 20, 1918

Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany

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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Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet S.A.S. San Salvador Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 56% Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death Graf Udo Von Felseck (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Der Schnüffler Col. Henderson (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitler's Son Gernheim (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Price of Freedom Reinhard Heydrich (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 28% Shatter Hans Leber (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 33% Vanessa Cooper (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Him Mr. Shatter Hans Leber (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 78% Operation Daybreak Reinhard Heydrich (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 28% The Swiss Conspiracy Franz Benninger (Character) - 1975
60% 37% The Beast Must Die Pavel (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me and Die Jonathan Lanceford (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Savage Curse Jonathan Lanceford (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 30% La morte negli occhi del gatto (Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye) Unknown (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 12% Mark of the Devil, Part II Balthasar von Ross (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eyes Dr. Franz (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 71% No Way Out Hans Grunwald (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 20% Little Mother The Cardinal (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 50% Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Mensur (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Immoral Mistress The Cardinal (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 46% Zeppelin Colonel Hirsch (Character) - 1971
91% 89% Where Eagles Dare SS-Standartenführer Kramer (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Michael Kohlhaas Kurfürst (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Counterpoint Col. Arndt (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 20% The Double Man Berthold (Character) - 1967
81% 72% Fahrenheit 451 Fabian (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 76% The Blue Max Holbach (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Midnight Dr. Erik Leichner (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 42% Circus of Horrors Dr. Schuler (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Adultery Carl Dieter (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 33% The Man Who Could Cheat Death Dr. Georges Bonnet (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 10% Tales of Frankenstein Unknown (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady of Vengeance Karnak (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Phoenix Inspector Schell (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Tent Senior Nazi Officer (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crooked Sky Fraser (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Accursed Joseph Brezina (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Triple Deception Anton Lauderbach (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am a Camera Fritz Wendel (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 73% The Colditz Story Fischer (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Diplomat Unknown (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Paratrooper The Pole (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor in Paris Renoir (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island Rescue German soldier 1 (Character) - 1951

TV

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68% 79% Doctor Who Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment: Vienna Insp. Hoffman (Character) 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Carlo (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colonel March of Scotland Yard Davos (Guest Star) 1956

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