John Van Eyssen

John Van Eyssen

Highest Rated: 89% Horror of Dracula (1958)

Lowest Rated: 78% Quatermass 2 (1957)

Birthday: Mar 19, 1922

Birthplace: Not Available

John Van Eyssen wore several hats during his long professional career -- including that of Shakespearean thespian, movie actor, literary agent, producer and studio executive. Born and raised in South Africa, Van Eyssen did not come to Great Britain until after WW II. Once in London, he studied drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama, winning a special prize before he graduated and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. From there, Van Eyssen branched out into radio, television and, beginning with The Angel with the Trumpet (1950), films. In 1958, he appeared as the world's most famous bloodsucker in Hammer Films' The Horror of Dracula. Van Eyssen abandoned acting in 1961 to become a literary agent for London Management. He proved to have a knack for the job and was quickly promoted to helm the literary department. He became so important that when the company merged with London Artists, he was in charge of handling Franco Zeffirelli, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller. Van Eyssen left the management business in 1965 to work at Columbia Pictures' UK division. Two years after his hiring, Van Eyssen was the managing director and was behind some of the studio's most popular British films, including To Sir With Love (1967), Born Free (1966) and Georgy Girl (1966). He left the studio in 1973 to work as an independent producer in New York, and in 1981, he produced Sidney Lumet's Daniel. Van Eyssen returned to England in 1991 and became an instrumental part of establishing Britain's premiere showcase for talented young filmmakers, the Chelsea Film Festival.

Highest Rated Movies



83% Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) Formby 1961
No Score Yet Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (Man in a Cocked Hat) Hewitt 1960
No Score Yet Carry On Nurse Stephens 1960
88% I'm All Right Jack Reporter 1960
No Score Yet Blind Date Westover 1959
89% Horror of Dracula Jonathan Harker 1958
No Score Yet The One That Got Away German Prisoner 1958
78% Quatermass 2 The P.R.O. 1957
No Score Yet Men of Sherwood Forest Will Scarlett 1957
No Score Yet Cockleshell Heroes Bradley 1955
No Score Yet Four Sided Triangle Robin 1953
No Score Yet Three Steps In The Dark Actor 1953
No Score Yet The Angel with the Trumpet Albert Drauffer 1950


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