Daniel Emilfork

Daniel Emilfork

  • Highest Rated: 79% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Lady L (1965)
  • Birthday: Apr 7, 1924
  • Birthplace: San Felipe, Chile
  • The European character actor Daniel Emilfork (born and occasionally credited as Daniel Emilfork Berenstein) served as a living testament to how one can turn physical qualities perceived as massive disadvantages into a larger-than-life screen career. Relentlessly teased and mocked as a child for his bizarre appearance (one journalist later compared his head to that of a skinned sheep), the wan, bony, and hangdog-faced Emilfork -- a man of Jewish Ukrainian heritage, born in Chile in 1924 -- suffered tremendously from goading at the hands of his peers, but found new life after he moved to the City of Lights in 1948. Though he initially taught English to Parisian students during the early post-war era, Emilfork soon devised the idea of capitalizing on his strange visage by training as a dramatist and typecasting himself as a villain -- thus overcoming his internalized pain and "conquering the world," as he had promised himself that he would from an early age. The ploy worked brilliantly. Emilfork landed many stage roles -- almost always as a nasty -- then took his cinematic bow as Quasimodo in Jean Delannoy's 1957 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (aka Notre Dame de Paris), alongside luminaries Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida. Innumerable screen characterizations ensued during the '60s, including Gant de Crin in La Poupée (1962), Gunther in Un Château en Suède (1963), and Gregory in The Liquidator (1966). In 1964, Emilfork made a rare departure from Europe, traveling to the U.S. to play a bit part in Clive Donner's What's New, Pussycat? (released 1965), scripted by Woody Allen. Emilfork found particularly broad international exposure during the '70s with two key roles in very different films. In the 1971 French-Italian-Belgian occult horror picture The Devil's Nightmare, directed by Jean Brismee, he plays a mysterious man, clad in a black cape, who directs seven tourists to sacrificial death at the hands of a succubus. And in 1976, Emilfork came to the attention of Federico Fellini. This union hardly shocked anyone, given the Cinecittà director's worship of the freakish, eccentric, and grotesque -- more surprising is that it didn't happen years prior. Kismet at last: they met and collaborated on the director's 1976 Fellini's Casanova, in which Emilfork played Du Bois alongside Donald Sutherland's title character. Many additional roles followed throughout the late '70s, '80s, and '90s. Emilfork's higher-profile parts during this period included that of Saint-Juste in Ted Kotcheff's Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), Francis in Alain Robbe-Grillet's La Belle Captive (1983), and Hendrik in Roman Polanski's high-seas farce Pirates (1986). Emilfork saved his most notorious role for one of his last, however. In 1994, just as the actor's onscreen involvement began to decline, directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro tapped him to headline the cast of their outrageously inventive fantasy The City of Lost Children (aka La Cité des Enfants Perdus, 1995). Emilfork plays Krank, an insane scientist headquartered on a kind of offshore drilling rig platform, who uses one-eyed henchmen to kidnap small children from a village so that he can steal their dreams. A supporting role in Frederic Jardin's Les Frères Soeur (2000) marked the then-75-year-old Emilfork's last major screen appearance. He died of unspecified causes, at age 82, on October 17, 2006.

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No Score Yet Meurtres à domicile Julius Zepernick 2016
No Score Yet Faut que ça danse! Actor 2007
No Score Yet Taxandria First Minister 1996
79% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) Krank 1995
No Score Yet Flying Dutchman Actor 1995
No Score Yet The First Circle Actor 1992
33% Pirates Hendrik 1986
No Score Yet La Belle Captive Inspector Francis 1983
No Score Yet Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ (Quarter to Two Before Jesus Christ) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Subversion Actor 1979
70% Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs) Saint-Juste 1978
50% Travels With My Aunt Hakim 1972
No Score Yet The Devil's Nightmare Satan 1971
No Score Yet Kill Inspector 1971
No Score Yet The Liquidator Gregory 1966
No Score Yet Trans-Europ-Express Phony Policeman 1966
29% Lady L Kobeleff 1965
29% What's New, Pussycat? Gas Station Man 1965
No Score Yet La poupée (The Doll) Gant de Crin 1962
No Score Yet Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Andry Le Rouse 1956


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