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John Van Dreelen

The son of a celebrated Dutch actor and a French countess, John Van Dreelen may have come by his debonair countenance with a bit of help from his continental pedigree. Fluent in several languages, he was reported to have escaped a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Holland by disguising himself as one of the German officers he would later play so often on both big and small screens. Though he bookended and sprinkled his career with appearances in many European films, Van Dreelen is best remembered as an A-list guest star in dozens of American television shows from the early sixties to the mid-eighties. Never a major player in American theatrical films, he nonetheless scored a few choice roles, including the Danish concert pianist who rescues and woos Lana Turner during an extended sequence in Madame X (1966). Van Dreelen also enjoyed an international stage career and starred in the original American touring production of "The Sound of Music." Despite his close identification with despotic roles, he also easily breezed through light drama and comedy and cuts a dashing and memorable figure in the sixties pop culture ouevre.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Becoming Colette
  • Albert
1992
No Score Yet Mascara (Make-up for Murder)
  • Minister Weinberger
1987
47% The Money Pit
  • Carlos
1986
30% The Formula
  • Hans Lehman
1980
No Score Yet The Great Wallendas
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle
  • MacKenzie Portman
1976
No Score Yet Lost Horizon
  • Dr. Verden
1973
64% Topaz
  • Claude Martin
1969
No Score Yet My Dog the Thief
  • Travell
1969
No Score Yet I Deal in Danger
  • Von Lindendorf
1967
No Score Yet Madame X
  • Christian Torben
1966
91% Von Ryan's Express
  • Col. Gortz
1965
No Score Yet The Wizard Of Baghdad
  • Sultan Jullnar
1960
36% 13 Ghosts
  • E. Van Allen
1960
No Score Yet The Enemy General
  • Gen. Bruger
1960
No Score Yet The Leech Woman
  • Bertram Garvay
1960
60% Beyond the Time Barrier
  • Dr. Bourman
1960
No Score Yet A Time to Love and a Time to Die
  • Political Officer
1958
No Score Yet We Will All Go to Monte Carlo
  • Rudy Walter
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Dante
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Commissar Vassiloff

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