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Also Known As: Leslie Steven Berks Died:
Born: August 3, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, playwright, director

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This socially committed stage writer and director has subsidized his strikingly original London theater work with (usually) villainous film and TV roles. Born in London and trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy and in France, Berkoff has been appearing on stage since the late 1950s, usually in his own original or adapted works, which include "Kvetch" and "Prisoner in Rio" and versions of Kafka's "The Trial" and "Metamorphosis." Berkoff made his screen debut in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) and was also featured in the director's "Barry Lyndon" (1975). His feature career blossomed in the 80s with turns as generally unscrupulous characters, such as in "Octopussy" (1983). He is perhaps best known as the arch-villain of "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), as Adolf Hitler in the TV epic "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988) and as the rival gangster who gets it between the eyes in "The Krays" (1990). He wrote, directed and played multiple roles in "Decadence" (1993), an adaptation of his play focusing on grotesque British aristocrats.

This socially committed stage writer and director has subsidized his strikingly original London theater work with (usually) villainous film and TV roles.

Born in London and trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy and in France, Berkoff has been appearing on stage since the late 1950s, usually in his own original or adapted works, which include "Kvetch" and "Prisoner in Rio" and versions of Kafka's "The Trial" and "Metamorphosis."

Berkoff made his screen debut in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) and was also featured in the director's "Barry Lyndon" (1975). His feature career blossomed in the 80s with turns as generally unscrupulous characters, such as in "Octopussy" (1983). He is perhaps best known as the arch-villain of "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), as Adolf Hitler in the TV epic "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988) and as the rival gangster who gets it between the eyes in "The Krays" (1990). He wrote, directed and played multiple roles in "Decadence" (1993), an adaptation of his play focusing on grotesque British aristocrats.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Decadence (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Red 2 (2013)
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 Dead Cert (2011)
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 44 Inch Chest (2010)
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Born in the East End of London
1984:
Co-starred as villain Victor Maitland in "Beverly Hills Cop"
1993:
Feature directorial debut (also starred), "Decadence"
2003:
Starred in the comedy feature "Nine Dead Gay Guys"
2000:
Appeared at Joe's Pub in NYC in the one-person show "Shakespeare's Villains: A Masterclass in Evil"
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During WWII, was evacuated to Luton before spending one year in the U.S. and then returning to England
1971:
Film acting debut in "A Clockwork Orange," directed by Stanley Kubrick
2004:
Appeared in the WWII drama "Head in the Clouds" opposite Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz
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Founded London Theatre Group
1975:
Played featured role in Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"
2002:
Returned to NYC stage in "Berkoff Is Back"; also directed
1987:
Wrote and directed the off-Broadway play "Kvetch"
1999:
Wrote the semi-autobiographical play "East"; premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
1979:
London stage directing debut, "Hamlet"
1959:
Stage debut in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"
2006:
Cast in the HBO movie "Pu-239"
2011:
Portrayed Girolamo Savonarola, an influential priest in Florence who preaches against the corruption in the church on Showtime's "The Borgias"
2011:
Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
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Education

Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: - 1958
Ecole Jacques Le Coq: - 1965

Notes

On never having had a bar mitzvah, Berkoff was quoted in The Independent (July 2001): "This was the source of angst for me at an early age because everyone else was having that done to them. It's a kind of ritual crossing, a rite of passage, and if it's not done to you, you haven't been, like, stamped with the authority. I think my father didn't really have any interest in making one for me. I needed someone to say: Right, you're going to the classes and you're doing this. But he didn't. I think, actually, my father was more worried about the cost of making the party afterwards. At that time, you had to rent a hall, invite the relatives, get the catering ..."

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wife:
Shelley Lee. Dancer, choreographer. Married in August 1976; divorced.
companion:
Clara Fisher. Musician. German.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Alfred Berks. Tailor. Changed family surname from Berkovitch.
mother:
Pauline Berks.

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