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      Wolfgang Preiss

      Wolfgang Preiss

      Highest Rated: 94% 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 poster The Train Von Ryan's Express poster
      Von Ryan's Express
      The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse poster
      The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
      Anzio poster
      A Bridge Too Far poster
      A Bridge Too Far
      The Formula poster
      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
      No Score Yet 56% The Fifth Cord Unknown (Character) - 1978
      63% 86% A Bridge Too Far Field Marshal Von Rundstedt (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 28% The Master Touch Miller (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 31% Raid on Rommel Gen. Erwin Rommel (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 84% Hannibal Brooks Col. von Haller (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of the Commandos Col. Ackerman (Character) - 1969
      67% 43% Anzio Field Marshal Albert Kesselring (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 43% Jack of Diamonds Von Schenk (Character) - 1967
      90% 82% Von Ryan's Express Major Von Klemment (Character) - 1965
      94% 89% The Train Major Herren (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of El Cid Sheik abengalbon (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 0% Cave of the Living Dead Prof. von Adelsberg (Character) - 1964
      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 57% Return of Dr. Mabuse Dr. Mabuse (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 76% Terror of the Mad Doctor Dr. Mabuse (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 56% Mill of the Stone Women Dr. Loren Bohlem (Character) - 1960
      88% 72% The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Prof. Dr. S. Jordan/Peter Cornelius/Dr. Mabuse (also as Lupo Prezzo) (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 80% The Invisible Dr. Mabuse Dr. Primarius Krone/Dr. Mabuse (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drops of Blood Dr. Loren Bolem (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 Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? Major Linkmann (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gorilla's Waltz Otto Lohn (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Green Devils of Monte Cassino Oberstabsarzt Munkler (Character) - 1958