Oskar Werner

Highest Rated: 100% Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Birthday: Nov 13, 1922
Birthplace: Not Available
Universally regarded as one of Western Europe's foremost stage actors, Oskar Werner was 18 years old when he made his stage bow at the Burgtheater in his native Vienna. A lifelong pacifist, Werner did everything he could to avoid conscription in the Axis army during World War II; when he finally was forced into a uniform, he deserted at the earliest opportunity. After the war, Werner resumed his theatrical career, only reluctantly making his first film in 1948; "I am married to the theater, and the films are only my mistress" he would later declare. In 1951, he made his English-language film debut as "Happy," an enigmatic German POW, in 20th Century-Fox's Decision Before Dawn. When Fox reneged on its promise to develop Werner into a Hollywood star, he went back to his true love, the theatre, vowing to only appear in films that intrigued him. In 1955, he essayed the title role in Mozart, and also played a smaller but no less significant part as the student with the scarf in Ophuls' Lola Montes. Then it was back to the stage, culminating with his formation of Theatre Ensemble Oskar Werner in 1959. Werner's definitive screen performance was the romantic intellectual Jules in Francois Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962), though it was his portrayal of the philosophical Dr. Schumann in Ship of Fools (1965) that earned the actor his only Oscar nomination. His friendship with Truffaut soured after their second collaboration, Fahrenheit 451 (1967); exhibiting profound disillusionment, Truffaut complained (not without justification) that Werner had become a "cold" performer. Oskar Werner died at the age of 62, just before he was scheduled to deliver a lecture at a German drama club.

Highest Rated Movies



66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) Actor $28.3K 2010
No Score Yet Interlude Actor 2005
89% Voyage of the Damned Professor Egon Kreisler 1976
43% The Shoes of the Fisherman Fr. David Telemond 1968
80% Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag 1966
81% Ship of Fools Dr. Schumann 1965
87% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Fiedler 1965
97% Jules and Jim Jules 1962
No Score Yet Interlude Stefan Zelter 1957
No Score Yet Life and Loves of Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1956
81% Lola Montès Student 1955
No Score Yet Der Letzte Akt Captain Wurst 1955
100% Decision Before Dawn Happy 1951
No Score Yet The Angel with the Trumpet Herman Alt 1950
No Score Yet The Wonder Kids Rudi 1950


No Score Yet Columbo
Van Wyck
  • 1975