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Wolfgang Preiss

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wolfgang Preiss (27 February 1910 at Nuremberg - 27 November 2002 at Baden-Baden) was a German theatre, film and television actor. The son of a teacher, in the early 1930s Preiss studied philosophy, German and drama. He also took private acting classes with Hans Schlenck, making his stage début in Munich in 1932. He went to appear in various theatre productions in Heidelberg, Königsberg, Bonn, Bremen, Stuttgart and Berlin. In 1942 he made his film début - he was exempted from military service specifically - in the UFA production Die grosse Liebe with Zarah Leander. After the end of the Second World War Preiss returned to the theatre, and from 1949 worked extensively dubbing films into German. In 1954 he returned to film acting, appearing in Alfred Weidenmann's Canaris. The following year Preiss played the lead role of Claus von Stauffenberg in Falk Harnack's film Der 20. Juli, which dramatised the 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler. This role brought Preiss to popular attention and also the 1956 Federal Film Award. From now on Preiss was largely typecast in the role of the upright and obligation-conscious German officer to the other A-list actor playing the Fanatic (I.E. Paul Scofeld in The Train) a part he played in many films, later reprising it in numerous international productions, predominantly in Italy and the USA, while occasionally playing a more typically cynical or brutal Nazi officer. Preiss appeared in such productions as The Longest Day (1962), Otto Preminger's The Cardinal (1963), and with Jean-Paul Belmondo in Is Paris Burning? (1966). He starred alongside Burt Lancaster in John Frankenheimer's The Train (1964), Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express (1965), Robert Mitchum in Anzio (1968), with Richard Burton, in the title role of Erwin Rommel in Raid on Rommel (1971), and The Boys From Brazil (1978) with Gregory Peck. He also appeared in several Italian language films, credited as "Luppo Prezzo", and played Field Marshal Von Rundstedt in Richard Attenborough's all-star war epic A Bridge Too Far (1977). In addition, for the cinema-going public of West Germany he became the epitome of the evil genius in his role as Doctor Mabuse, a role he first played in 1960 (following Rudolf Klein-Rogge) in Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse. He went on to play the role four more times. In the 1980s Preiss turned to television, notably playing General Walther von Brauchitsch in the American TV mini-series Winds of War and War and Remembrance, based on the books of Herman Wouk. In 1987 received a second Federal Film Award for his outstanding work in film. In film dubbing Preiss provided the voice for such actors as Lex Barker, Christopher Lee, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains, Richard Widmark, as well as that of Conrad Veidt as "Major Strasser" in the remastered version of Casablanca. Description above from the Wikipedia article Wolfgang Preiss, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Feb 27, 1910 In Nuremberg, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Great Love 1942-06-12
Latest Project:
Series Florian III 1994-01-01
Known For
Series Florian III Max Friedmann 1994-01-01
Movie Dr. M Kessler 1990-05-24
Movie Mrs. Harris fährt nach Monte Carlo Earl of Wereford 1989-02-22
Movie Land der Väter, Land der Söhne Bernauer 1989-04-27
Series War and Remembrance Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch 1988-11-13
Movie Lang soll er leben 1987-02-08
Movie Mrs. Harris - Der geschmuggelte Henry Earl 1987-02-02
Movie The Second Victory Father Albertus 1987-06-04
Movie Mrs. Harris fährt nach Moskau Earl of Wereford 1987-12-12
Movie Vergeßt Mozart Baron Gottfried van Swieten 1985-09-12
Movie Ein Mann namens Parvus Brockdorff-Rantzau 1984-04-10
Movie Mrs. Harris - Freund mit Rolls Royce Earl 1984-12-25
Series The Winds of War Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch 1983-02-06
Movie Mrs. Harris - Ein Kleid von Dior Earl of Wereford 1982-12-29
Movie Ghost of Love Zighi 1981-04-03
Movie The Formula Franz Tauber, Swiss businessman 1980-01-01
Movie Bloodline Julius Prager 1979-06-29
Movie The Boys from Brazil Lofquist 1978-10-05
Movie Wallenstein Thurn 1978-11-19
Movie Die Anstalt Dr. Reinecke 1978-10-27
Movie A Bridge Too Far Field Marshal Karl R.G. Von Rundstedt 1977-06-15
Movie The Standard Oberst 1977-11-25
Movie Die Insel der Krebse General 1975-11-11
Movie Eine ungeliebte Frau 1974-01-05
Movie Die Kriegsbraut von Bogendorf 1974-11-02
Series La Cloche tibétaine Georges-Marie Haardt 1974-12-17
Movie Du stirbst nicht allein - Ein deutscher Kriegspfarrer in Paris General 1973-03-23
Movie Diamantenparty Konsul Eduard van Düren 1973-06-10
Movie The Salzburg Connection Felix Zauner 1972-08-30
Movie Raid on Rommel Gen. Erwin Rommel 1971-02-12
Movie The Fifth Cord Police inspector 1971-08-17
Movie The Bloodstained Butterfly The Prosecutor 1971-09-10
Movie Das Haus Lunjowo Generalmajor Lattmann 1970-01-29
Movie Peenemünde Oberst Dornberger 1970-08-11
Movie Sir Henri Deterding Sir Henri Deterding 1970-09-03
Movie General Oster – Verräter oder Patriot? Generalmajor Oster 1970-08-27
Movie Der Minister und die Ente Minister 1970-12-31
Movie Hannibal Brooks Col. von Haller 1969-04-30
Movie Hürdenlauf Exzellenz Lohmüller 1969-02-20
Movie Liebe, Love, l'Amour 1969-03-11
Movie Legion of the Damned Colonel Ackerman 1969-08-11
Movie Playgirl 70 1969-11-27
Movie Tamara Father Bricks 1968-01-25
Movie Flachsmann als Erzieher Flachsmann 1968-01-14
Movie Ein Mann namens Harry Brent George Conway 1968-01-15
Movie Der Fall Petkov Dr. Georgi Dimitrov 1968-02-23
Movie Anzio Field Marshal Albert Kesselring 1968-07-24
Movie Meinungsverschiedenheiten Anthony Wilcox 1968-04-23
Movie Jungfrau aus zweiter Hand Leiter der Mordkommission 1967-03-29
Movie Dead Run Noland 1967-08-10
Movie Jack Of Diamonds Von Schenk 1967-11-10
Movie Spy Today, Die Tomorrow Sebastian (BND chief) 1967-08-11
Movie Das Leben in meiner Hand Minister 1966-06-13
Movie Der Fall Kapitän Behrens. Fremdenlegionäre an Bord Kapitän Behrens 1966-02-04
Movie With the Lives of Others Chalieff 1966-08-24
Movie Von Ryan's Express Major Von Klemment 1965-06-23
Movie Code Name: Jaguar Captain Parker 1965-08-13
Movie Die erste Legion Dr. Peter Morell 1964-08-27
Movie Frühstück mit dem Tod Staatsanwalt Ted Talbot 1964-06-04
Movie Backfire Grenner 1964-09-04
Movie The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse Dr. Mabuse 1964-09-17
Movie 100 Horsemen Sheik Abengalbon 1964-12-30
Movie The Train Maj. Herren 1964-09-24
Movie The Black Cobra Stanislas Raskin 1963-05-16
Movie Das tödliche Patent Charles Reese 1963-07-16
Movie Leb wohl, mein Traum James Merrill 1963-04-05
Movie Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard Geist von Dr. Mabuse 1963-09-20
Movie The Cardinal 1963-12-12
Movie The Mad Executioners Morel Smith 1963-11-22
Movie Lafayette Baron Kalb 1962-02-14
Movie Das Mädchen und der Staatsanwalt Staatsanwalt Soldan 1962-03-08
Movie The Counterfeit Traitor Colonel Nordoff 1962-04-17
Movie The Invisible Dr. Mabuse Dr. Krone / Dr. Mabuse 1962-03-30
Movie The Longest Day Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel 1962-09-25
Movie The Return of Dr. Mabuse Dr. Mabuse 1961-01-01
Movie Riviera-Story Arthur Dahlberg 1961-12-07
Movie Confessions of a Sixteen-Year-Old Günther Brandt 1961-01-27
Movie Die Herrin der Welt - Teil I Dr. Henrik Brandes 1960-01-01
Movie Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen Dr. Beck 1960-02-25
Movie Die Herrin der Welt - Teil II Brandes 1960-04-26
Movie Mill of the Stone Women Doctor Loren Bolem 1960-08-30
Movie Prisoner of the Volga General Gorew 1959-03-26
Movie Battle Inferno Major Linkmann 1959-04-07
Movie Straße der Gerechten Joseph Blake 1959-03-19
Movie Gorilla's Waltz Otto Lohn 1959-10-07
Movie Doctor Without Scruples Dr. Westorp 1959-09-04
Movie Roses for the Prosecutor Generalstaatsanwalt 1959-09-24
Movie Ich war ihm hörig Dr. Leipold 1958-04-01
Movie Gli italiani sono matti Hans 1958-04-04
Movie The Green Devils of Monte Cassino Oberstabsarzt Munkler 1958-04-23
Movie The Girl with the Cat Eyes Carlo Gormann 1958-11-28
Movie Grabenplatz 17 Kriminalkommissar Dr. Jäger 1958-07-16
Movie Schinderhannes Gendarm Adam 1957-01-13
Movie Sharks and Little Fish U-Bootkommandant Lüttke 1957-09-26
Movie Stresemann Heinz Becker 1957-01-11
Movie Der Banditendoktor Amerikaner 1957-11-19
Movie Eurydice Dulac 1957-11-26
Movie Like Once Lili Marleen Alfred Linder 1956-09-20
Movie Anastasia - Die letzte Zarentochter 1956-09-26
Movie Before Sundown Dr. Hahnefeld, Syndikus der Clausen-Werke 1956-07-06
Movie Johannisnacht Mac Fadden 1956-10-29
Movie Von der Liebe besiegt Mario Clar 1956-12-20
Movie The Plot to Assassinate Hitler Oberst Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg 1955-06-21
Movie Oberarzt Dr. Solm Dr. Hartung 1955-03-17
Movie Der Cornet Freiherr von Pirovano 1955-12-16
Movie Canaris Oberst Holl 1954-12-29
Movie Falschmünzer am Werk 1951-03-01
Movie The Crew of the Dora Staffelarzt Dr. Wagner 1943-11-01
Movie The Great Love Oberleutnant von Etzdorf 1942-06-12
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