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Also Known As: Oskar Josef Bschliessmayer Died: October 23, 1984
Born: November 13, 1922 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor

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Member of Vienna's renowned Burgtheater who alternated between stage and screen work from the late 1940s. Werner scored leads in several European productions but, save for his poignant performance in "Decision Before Dawn" (1951), remained better known for his theater work; he was generally considered his country's greatest talent. Fair-haired and slight, Werner re-emerged in the 1960s in a string of excellent film roles, including Jules in Francois Truffaut's classic "Jules and Jim" (1961), the world-weary counterspy in "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" and the ship's physician in "Ship of Fools" (both 1965).

Member of Vienna's renowned Burgtheater who alternated between stage and screen work from the late 1940s. Werner scored leads in several European productions but, save for his poignant performance in "Decision Before Dawn" (1951), remained better known for his theater work; he was generally considered his country's greatest talent.

Fair-haired and slight, Werner re-emerged in the 1960s in a string of excellent film roles, including Jules in Francois Truffaut's classic "Jules and Jim" (1961), the world-weary counterspy in "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" and the ship's physician in "Ship of Fools" (both 1965).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Voyage Of The Damned (1976) Dr Egon Kreisler
2.
 Interlude (1968) Stefan Zelter
3.
 The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) Father David Telemond
4.
 Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Montag
5.
6.
 Ship of Fools (1965) Dr. Schumann
7.
 Jules and Jim (1962) Jules
8.
 Lola Montes (1955) The Student
9.
 Decision Before Dawn (1951) Corp. Karl Maurer, also known as Happy
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Made film debut while still in high school
1940:
Joined Vienna's Burgtheater (date approximate)
1941:
Drafted by the German army but kicked out of officer's training school due to feigned incompetence
1948:
First featured film role in the Austrian-British co-production, "Angel With a Trumpet"
1951:
US film debut in "Decision Before Dawn"
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wife:
Elizabeth Kallina. Actor. Married 1944; marriage kept a secret due to Kallina being Jewish.

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