John Banner

John Banner

Highest Rated: 100% Executive Suite (1954)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Prize (1963)

Birthday: Jan 28, 1910

Birthplace: Not Available

Actor John Banner was forced out of his native Austria in 1938 when Hitler marched in. Though most familiar to filmgoers and TV viewers as a man of considerable heft, he was a trim 180 pounds when, while touring with an acting troupe in Switzerland, he found he couldn't return to Austria because he was Jewish. Banner came to America as a refugee; though unable to speak a word of English, he was almost immediately hired as emcee for a musical revue, From Vienna, for which he had to learn all his lines phonetically. Picking up the language rapidly, Banner was cast in several films of the 1940s, starting with Pacific Blackout. Because of his accent and Teutonic features, he most often played Nazi spies -- a grim task, in that Banner's entire family in Austria was wiped out in the concentration camps. Tipping the scales at 280 pounds in the 1950s, Banner worked steadily as a character man in films and on television; he can be seen as a variety of foreign-official types on such vintage TV series as The Adventures of Superman and Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. In 1965, Banner was cast as Sgt. Schultz in the long-running wartime sitcom Hogan's Heroes. A far cry from the villainous Nazis he'd played in the 1940s, Schultz was a pixieish, lovable blimp of a man who'd rather have been working as a toymaker than spending the war guarding American POWS, and who, to protect his own skin, overlooked the irregularities occurring in Stalag 13 (which as every TV fan knows was Colonel Hogan's secret headquarters for American counterespionage) by bellowing "I know nothing! I see nothing! Nothing!" John Banner enjoyed playing Schultz, but bristled whenever accused of portraying a cuddly Nazi: "I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in every generation," the actor told TV Guide in 1967. As to the paradox of an Austrian Jew playing a representative of Hitler's Germany, Banner replied, "Who can play Nazis better than us Jews?" Or who could play them funnier than John Banner?

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Weber 1968
No Score Yet 36 Hours Ernst 1965
50% The Prize German correspondent 1963
No Score Yet The Interns Dr. Duane 1962
No Score Yet Hitler Gregor Strasser 1962
No Score Yet Operation Eichmann Rudolf Hess 1961
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth King of Moab 1960
No Score Yet The Blue Angel Principal Harter 1959
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country Ben Turner 1959
71% The Young Lions Burgermeister 1958
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Oskar 1956
No Score Yet The Rains of Ranchipur Ranchid 1955
100% Executive Suite Enrique, Stork Club Waiter Captain 1954
No Score Yet The Juggler Emile Halevy 1953
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Headwaiter 1951
92% King Solomon's Mines Austin 1950
No Score Yet Guilty of Treason Sandor Deste 1950
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa Otto 1948
No Score Yet The Argyle Secrets Mr. Winter 1948
No Score Yet Nocturne Shawn 1946
71% This Land Is Mine German Sergeant 1943
No Score Yet Tonight We Raid Calais Kurz 1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down Lt. Prackle 1943
No Score Yet Immortal Sergeant German Officer 1943
No Score Yet They Came to Blow Up America Gestapo 1943
No Score Yet Seven Miles from Alcatraz Fritz Weinermann 1943
No Score Yet The Fallen Sparrow Anton 1943
No Score Yet Once Upon a Honeymoon Kleinoch 1942


No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
Sgt. Hans Schultz Sgt. Schultz 1979
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Max Ledbetter 1972
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Dutch Customs Man 1964
No Score Yet Perry Mason
A. Tobler 1960
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
Artist 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Conductor 1956
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Bronsky 1953


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