Anton Diffring


Actor
Anton Diffring

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Died
May 20, 1989

Biography

Anton Diffring was a German-born actor whose classical features and imperious demeanor garnered him numerous roles as a Nazi military officer, landing him parts in war dramas throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Born in 1918, Diffring fled Nazi Germany in 1936, settling first in Canada and later, after WWII, in the United States and Britain. Despite obvious allegiances to the Allied for...

Biography

Anton Diffring was a German-born actor whose classical features and imperious demeanor garnered him numerous roles as a Nazi military officer, landing him parts in war dramas throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Born in 1918, Diffring fled Nazi Germany in 1936, settling first in Canada and later, after WWII, in the United States and Britain. Despite obvious allegiances to the Allied forces during wartime, Diffring, when he began his acting career in the '50s, was immediately typecast as a villainous Nazi officer, appearing as a haughty military taskmaster in such classic films as "The Blue Max" (1966), "Where Eagles Dare" (1968), and "Operation: Daybreak" (1975). Diffring attempted to break away from obvious villain roles, with stints in TV and stage acting, but the lure of film work proved too great. In 1966, Diffring starred opposite Austrian actor Oskar Werner in Fran├žois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451," a role that proved his mettle as more than just a character actor. With his career winding down in the '80s, Diffring took on an increasing number of TV roles including, most notably, the part of Adolf Hitler's foreign minister on the 1983 mini-series "The Winds of War." Diffring died on May 20, 1989, in his home in the south of France.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Angel of Death (1987)
Karl Heinz Moser
Wahnfried (1987)
Summer of the Samurai (1986)
Der Schnuffler (1985)
Marie Ward (1985)
Cardinal Millini
SAS a San Salvador (1982)
Reynolds
Victory (1981)
Tusk (1979)
John Morrison
Valentino (1977)
L'Imprecateur (1977)
Les Indiens sont encore loin (1977)
Teacher
Vanessa (1977)
Cooper
Operation Daybreak (1975)
Reinhard Heydrich
Call Him Mr. Shatter (1975)
Hans Leber
The Swiss Conspiracy (1975)
Franz Benninger
The Beast Must Die (1974)
Pavel
Big Guns (1973)
Boss
Little Mother (1972)
Cardinal
Don't Cry For Me Little Mother (1972)
Zeppelin (1971)
Colonel [Johann] Hirsch
Where Eagles Dare (1969)
Colonel Kramer
Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell (1969)
Counterpoint (1968)
Arndt
The Double Man (1968)
Colonel Berthold
The Heroes of Telemark (1966)
Major Frick
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Fabian
Incident at Midnight (1966)
Dr. Erik Leichner
The Blue Max (1966)
Holbach
The Heroes of Telemark (To Be Deleted) (1965)
Major Frick
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
The Accursed (1958)
Joseph Brezina
The Crooked Sky (1957)
[Frank] Fraser
The Beasts Of Marseilles (1957)
Colonel Trautman
Reach for the Sky (1956)
I Am a Camera (1955)
Fritz Wendel
The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1955)
German Pilot
The Colditz Story (1955)
Fischer
Betrayed (1954)
Capt. Von Stanger
Paratrooper (1954)
The Pole
Albert, R.N. (1953)
Operation Diplomat (1953)
Norman Conquest (1953)
The Woman's Angle (1952)

Cast (Special)

The Savage Curse (1974)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Winds of War (1983)

Life Events

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