Peter Van Eyck


Actor

About

Also Known As
Gotz Von Eick, Goetz Van Eyck
Birth Place
Germany
Born
July 16, 1913
Died
July 15, 1969

Biography

Peter van Eyck was a German-born musician-turned-actor whose film career in the United States was bookended by work throughout Europe. With Hitler's ascendance in the early 1930s, van Eyck left Germany to play piano in London, Paris, Cuba, and eventually New York, where he also was a composer and worked for Irving Berlin. Legendary director and fellow ex-pat Billy Wilder helped van Eyck ...

Photos & Videos

Five Graves to Cairo - Lobby Cards
Five Graves to Cairo - Movie Posters
Wages of Fear - Pressbook

Biography

Peter van Eyck was a German-born musician-turned-actor whose film career in the United States was bookended by work throughout Europe. With Hitler's ascendance in the early 1930s, van Eyck left Germany to play piano in London, Paris, Cuba, and eventually New York, where he also was a composer and worked for Irving Berlin. Legendary director and fellow ex-pat Billy Wilder helped van Eyck find radio work, and a screen test, which led to van Eyck's role in the 1943 drama "The Moon is Down"; Wilder himself also cast van Eyck as a lieutenant in the war thriller "Five Graves to Cairo" that same year. But van Eyck's best film work came in Europe, post-World War II. When not cast as a Nazi or similarly evil fascist types, he appeared in such standout projects as the French-Italian epic thriller "The Wages of Fear," which starred French icon Yves Montand, and "The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse," a 1960 mystery made by Fritz Lang, another celebrated European ex-pat. In 1965, van Eyck had a supporting part in the Academy Award-nominated U.K. thriller "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," an English-speaking role which he followed with parts in a series of French, Spanish, and Italian-language films. Among van Eyck's much shorter list of television credits, he appeared in an episode of the anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and, toward the end of his life and career, as Doctor Raboux children's classic, "Heidi," in 1968.van Eyck passed way from sepsis at age 57

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Assignment To Kill (1969)
Walter Green
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
General von Brock
Shalako (1968)
Frederick von Hallstatt
Seduction by the Sea (1967)
Peter
The Dirty Game (1966)
Berlin CIA head [Petchatkin]
The Mystery of Thug Island (1966)
Macpherson
The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1966)
Henry B. Travers
And So to Bed (1965)
Office chief
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965)
Hans-Dieter Mundt
Station Six--Sahara (1964)
Kramer
The Brain (1964)
Dr. Peter Corrie
The Secret of Dr. Mabuse (1964)
No Time for Ecstasy (1963)
Michel Georgenko
The Longest Day (1962)
Lieutenant Colonel Ocker
The Young Go Wild (1962)
Dr. Knittel
Indecent (1962)
Alexander
The World in My Pocket (1962)
Bleck
Foxhole in Cairo (1961)
Count Almaszy
Rosemary (1960)
The Snorkel (1958)
Paul Decker
Girl on the Third Floor (1958)
Frank Richter
There's Always A Price Tag (1957)
Max Freminger
The Rawhide Years (1956)
Andre Boucher
Attack (1956)
German officer
Run for the Sun (1956)
Van Anders, also known as Von Andre
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Tadeus
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)
Dr. Celliers
Jump into Hell (1955)
Lt. Heinrich Heldman
A Bullet for Joey (1955)
Eric Hartman
Night People (1954)
Sergei "Petey" Petrochine
Le Grand Jeu (1954)
Fred
Sailor of the King (1953)
Kapitan Ludvic Von Falk
La Chair et le Diable (1953)
Mathias
Wages of Fear (1952)
Bimba
Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1945)
Young Nazi officer
The Impostor (1944)
Hafner
Address Unknown (1944)
Heinrich Schulz
The Moon Is Down (1943)
Lt. Tonder
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Lieutenant Schwegler
Edge of Darkness (1943)
Soldier
Hitler's Madman (1943)
Gestapo
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
German ensign
Hitler's Children (1943)
German arresting officer

Life Events

1932

Moved to US

Photo Collections

Five Graves to Cairo - Lobby Cards
Here are some lobby cards from Five Graves to Cairo (1943), directed by Billy Wilder. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Five Graves to Cairo - Movie Posters
Here are a variety of American and International movie posters for Paramount's Five Graves to Cairo (1943), directed by Billy Wilder.
Wages of Fear - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Wages of Fear (1953). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Snorkel, The (1958) - Before You Killed My Daddy We know he's the killer but Peter Van Eyck (as sly stepfather Paul) is playing grief at his Italian villa, collected by Jean (Betta St. John), friend of stepdaughter Candy (Mandy Miller), whose mother was the victim, in Hammer Films' The Snorkel, 1958.
Snorkel, The (1958) - Opening From Hammer Films and director Guy Green, an atypical opening in which Peter Van Eyck, who will play a nasty Eurpoean step-dad, commits a perfect murder, in The Snorkel, 1958, also starring Betta St. John and Mandy Miller.
Run for the Sun - We're Lucky Mike (Richard Widmark) hides Katy (Jane Greer) then leaves a false trail for Browne (Trevor Howard) and Van Anders (Peter Van Eyck) during the jungle hunt in Run for the Sun, 1956.
Run for the Sun - That Bullet Mike (Richard Widmark) gets his lucky bullet back and begins, with Katy (Jane Greer) to wonder what Browne (Trevor Howard) and Van Anders (Peter Van Eyck) are up to in Run for the Sun, 1956.
Run for the Sun - Connie When Katy (Jane Greer) finds Mike (Richard Widmark) struggling to write, he tells her about his wife Connie, in director Roy Boulting's Run for the Sun, 1956.
Wages Of Fear, The -- Say It To His Face On their mission carrying nitro-glycerin to an oil-well fire, Bimba (Peter Van Eyck) and Luigi (Folco Lulli) confront Mario (Yves Montand) and Jo (Charles Vanel) in a bamboo forest, in Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages Of Fear, 1952.
Five Graves To Cairo - An Englishman's Home Franchot Tone (as British soldier "Bramble") is wonderfully incoherent, meeting Farid (Akim Tamiroff) and Mouche (Anne Baxter) at a bombed out Egyptian village, early in Billy Wilder's Five Graves To Cairo, 1943.
Five Graves To Cairo - Not An Inkling Britisher Bramble (Franchot Tone), impersonating a dead waiter, is taken by German officer Schwegler (Peter Van Eyck) to Field Marshal Rommell (Erich von Storheim), who reveals the waiter was a spy, in Billy Wilder's Five Graves To Cairo, 1943.
Address Unknown (1944) - Charm And Courtesy Martin (Paul Lukas) and family in Munich, receive a letter from partner Max (Morris Carnovsky) and son Heinrich (Peter Van Eyck) back in San Francisco, with an odd client (Mary Young) in Address Unknown, 1944.

Bibliography