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Otto Waldis

Highest Rated:   100% 5 Fingers (1952)
Lowest Rated:   67% Border Incident (1949)
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With his learned countenance and a correct Germanic manner that could be avuncular or threatening, Otto Waldis was one of the more familiar European character actors in Hollywood and on television in the years after World War II. Born Otto Brunn in Vienna, Austria, in 1901, he turned to acting in his twenties and made his screen debut in an uncredited role in Fritz Lang's M in 1931. He worked in one more movie that year -- Kinder Vor Gericht -- and then was unseen in films until after the war. Waldis' career resumed in 1947 in Hollywood under the aegis of his fellow European expatriate, director Max Ophüls, in the latter's The Exile. He was fully employed over the next decade, working constantly in television and movies, his performances covering a wide swath of entertainment. In 1948 alone, before he'd even made the jump to television, Waldis worked in popular, big studio productions like Henry Hathaway's Call Northside 777, Jacques Tourneur's Berlin Express, and independent films such as Ophüls' Letter From an Unknown Woman. He went on to play character roles in lighter fare, including the comedies I Was a Male War Bride and Love Happy (both 1949). With his wizened, bespectacled presence and correct Austrian bearing, Waldis was suited to roles ranging from valets to scientists; in The Whip Hand (1951), he played an unrepentant Nazi germ-warfare expert, while in Unknown World (1951) and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), he played more benign scientists. But in 5 Fingers (1952), he was a Pullman porter, and in the Adventures of Superman episode "The Whistling Bird," he was part of a criminal conspiracy. He would occasionally play much more offbeat parts, such as Patch-Eye in Prince Valiant (1954). He closed out the 1950s portraying a police officer in Edward Dmytryk's disastrous remake of The Blue Angel (1959). Waldis' activity slackened considerably in the '60s, a period in which he made his first appearances in German films since the '30s. He was back in Hollywood during the '70s and had just been signed to appear in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein at the time of his death from a heart attack in early 1974.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Phantom of Soho
  • Liver-Spot
1966
90% Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Pohl
1961
No Score Yet Pier 5, Havana
  • Schluss
1959
75% Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
  • Dr. Von Loeb
1958
No Score Yet Man from Del Rio
  • Tom Jordan
1956
No Score Yet Desert Sands
  • Gabin
1955
No Score Yet Sincerely Yours
  • Zwolinski
1955
No Score Yet Knock on Wood
  • Brodnik
1954
No Score Yet Prince Valiant
  • Patch Eye
1954
No Score Yet The Black Castle
  • Krantz
1952
No Score Yet Anything Can Happen
  • Sandro
1952
100% 5 Fingers
  • Pullman Porter
1952
No Score Yet Unknown World
  • Dr. Max A. Bauer
1951
No Score Yet The Whip Hand
  • Dr. Willem Bucholtz
1951
No Score Yet Secrets of Monte Carlo
  • Louis Gunther
1951
No Score Yet Night Into Morning (People in Love)
  • Dr. Franz Neimoller
1951
No Score Yet Dark City
  • Benowski
1950
67% Border Incident
  • Fritz
1949
No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat
  • Bailiff
1949
No Score Yet Bagdad
  • Marengo
1949
No Score Yet Berlin Express
  • Kessler
1948
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman
  • Concierge
1948
73% Call Northside 777
  • Boris
1948
No Score Yet The Exile
  • Jan
1947
100% M
  • Actor
$18.1k 1931

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