Wolfgang Preiss

Wolfgang Preiss

Highest Rated: 93% The Train (1965)

Lowest Rated: 30% The Formula (1980)

Birthday: Feb 27, 1910

Birthplace: Nuernberg, Bavaria, Germany

The career trajectory of Wolfgang Preiss is not your standard fare. Things started off in a usual enough manner: Preiss studied drama and took private acting lessons in his early 20s. He then began a career on stage, touring across his native Germany and performing in a number of different productions. He received an exemption from military service and was able to move into motion pictures in 1942's "Die grosse Liebe," Nazi Germany's most profitable film ever. In 1949, Preiss's acting career took a detour while he spent a great deal of time dubbing films into German. He made his way back to acting in 1954, and took the role of Claus von Stauffenberg in "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler," the 1955 dramatization of just that. He earned the German Film Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement by an Actor for his portrayal of the lead character in the story, which is based on true events. He also garnered some international buzz, and was able to work on high-profile Hollywood projects with filmmakers like Otto Preminger and Richard Attenborough. Nevertheless, he continued to be firmly typecast as a villainous German officer, usully vying against American heroes like Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra.

Highest rated movies

The Train
Von Ryan's Express
A Bridge Too Far
The Formula




No Score Yet No Score Yet Out in the Open Alexander von Humboldt (Old) (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 38% Dr. M Kessler (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second Victory Father Albertus (Character) - 1986
30% 22% The Formula Franz Tauber (Character) - 1980
64% 86% A Bridge Too Far Field Marshal Von Rundstedt (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 29% The Master Touch Miller (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 31% Raid on Rommel Gen. Erwin Rommel (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 85% Hannibal Brooks Col. von Haller (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of the Commandos Col. Ackerman (Character) - 1969
67% 44% Anzio Field Marshal Albert Kesselring (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 50% Jack of Diamonds Von Schenk (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of El Cid Sheik abengalbon (Character) - 1965
93% 89% The Train Major Herren (Character) - 1965
90% 82% Von Ryan's Express Major Von Klemment (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Cobra Stanislas Raskin (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lafayette Baron Kalb (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 54% Return of Dr. Mabuse Dr. Mabuse (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 56% Mill of the Stone Women Dr. Loren Bohlem (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drops of Blood Dr. Loren Bolem (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 76% Terror of the Mad Doctor Dr. Mabuse (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invisible Dr. Mabuse Dr. Primarius Krone/Dr. Mabuse (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Prof. Dr. S. Jordan/Peter Cornelius/Dr. Mabuse (also as Lupo Prezzo) (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prisoner of the Volga Gen. Gorew (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctor Without Scruples Dr. Westorp (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gorilla's Waltz Otto Lohn (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? Major Linkmann (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Green Devils of Monte Cassino Oberstabsarzt Munkler (Character) - 1958