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Anton Diffring (1918–1989)

Anton Diffring was a character actor who worked continuously in motion pictures due to his aristocratic, German face and cool, clipped diction, making him ideal for typecasting in British and later American motion pictures as Nazis and other vile, despicable characters. What was ironic about his typecasting as a Nazi is that Diffring, born in ... See full bio »

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 1988 Anna
George Mamoulian
 1981-1987 Derrick (TV Series)
Herr de Mohl / Herr Scherer / Alfred Bandera
- Nachtstreife (1987) ... Herr de Mohl
- Angriff aus dem Dunkel (1984) ... Herr Scherer
- Am Abgrund (1981) ... Alfred Bandera
 1987 Faceless
Docteur Moser
 1986 The Summer of the Samurai
Wintrich
 1986 Operation Dead End
Prof. Lang
 1985 Jane Horney (TV Mini-Series)
Adm. Wilhelm Canaris
 1985 Messieurs les jurés (TV Series)
Karl Düren
- L'affaire Cerilly (1985) ... Karl Düren
 1985 Marie Ward - Zwischen Galgen und Glorie
Kardinal Millini
 1984 Der Besuch (TV Movie)
Crazier
 1984 Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (TV Movie)
Graf Udo Von Felseck
 1984 Opération O.P.E.N. (TV Series)
Beejlab
- Le voleur de moutons (1984) ... Beejlab
 1984 Weltuntergang (TV Movie)
 1983 S.A.S. à San Salvador
Peter Reynolds
 1983 Der Schnüffler
Colonel Henderson
 1982 Ein Winter auf Mallorca (TV Movie)
Konsul Fleury
 1981 Victory
German - Chief Commentator - The Commentators
 1980 Arsène Lupin joue et perd (TV Mini-Series)
Guillaume II
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Guillaume II
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Guillaume II
 1980 Tusk
John Morrison
 1980 The Old Fox (TV Series)
Leo Steglitz
- Morddrohung (1980) ... Leo Steglitz
 1979 It Can Only Get Worse
Glorias erster Mann
 1979 Flambards (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Dermot
- The Cold Light of Day (1979) ... Mr. Dermot
- Point to Point (1979) ... Mr. Dermot
- Lady Bountiful (1979) ... Mr. Dermot
- Entry to a New World (1979) ... Mr. Dermot
- Christina/The Blooding (1979) ... Mr. Dermot
 1978 Son of Hitler
Gernheim
 1978 The Unicorn
Blomich
 1978 Plutonium (TV Movie)
Direktor Arnold
 1978 Io sono mia
Padre di Suna
 1978 Le mutant (TV Mini-Series)
O' Brien
 1978 Zwei himmlische Töchter (TV Mini-Series)
Harry Hamilton
- Eine Prinzessin nach Hoftenstein (1978) ... Harry Hamilton
 1977 The Indians Are Still Far Away
Le professeur d'allemand
 1977 The Accuser
Ronson
 1977 Valentino
Baron Long
 1977 Waldrausch
 1977 Vanessa
Cooper
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Heinz Steiner
- Car Along the Pass (1977) ... Heinz Steiner
 1976 Montana Trap
Lieutnant Slade
 1976 The Swiss Conspiracy
Franz Benninger
 1975 Kommissariat IX (TV Series)
- Die Pyramide (1975)
 1975 Lehmanns Erzählungen (TV Movie)
Allan
 1974 Only the Wind Knows the Answer
John Keelwood
 1974 Motiv Liebe (TV Series)
Gerhard
- Adieu Claude (1974) ... Gerhard
 1974 The Beast Must Die
Pavel
 1974 Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre (TV Series)
Aristide Gilain
- Briefe aus dem Dunkel (1974) ... Aristide Gilain
 1974 Thriller (TV Series)
Jonathan Lanceford
- The Savage Curse (1974) ... Jonathan Lanceford
 1974 Shatter
Hans Leber
 1973 No Way Out
Hans Grunwald (uncredited)
 1973 The Battle of Sutjeska
Generaloberst Alexander Lohr
 1973 Seven Dead in the Cat's Eye
Dr. Franz
 1972-1973 Assignment Vienna (TV Series)
Insp. Hoffman
- Soldier of Fortune (1973) ... Insp. Hoffman
- So Long, Charlie (1973) ... Insp. Hoffman
- A Deadly Shade of Green (1973) ... Insp. Hoffman
- There Was an Old Woman (1973) ... Insp. Hoffman
- Annalisa (1972) ... Insp. Hoffman
 1973 Mark of the Devil Part II
Balthasar von Ross
 1973 Tatort (TV Series)
Mensur
 1973 Mother
The Cardinal
 1972 The Day the Clown Cried
Captain Curt Runkel
 1971 The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
Ambassador Sobiesky
 1971 Zeppelin
Colonel Hirsch
 1970 Der Kommissar (TV Series)
Roland Sauter
- Tödlicher Irrtum (1970) ... Roland Sauter
 1970 Piggies
Toto (as Anthony Diffring)
 1970 Strange Report (TV Series)
Klaus Frei
 1969 Kill Rommel!
Captain Richard Howell
 1969 Scobie in September (TV Series)
Pandorus
 1968 Mogul (TV Series)
Hans Daniels
- The Wrecking of the Sierra Navada (1968) ... Hans Daniels
 1967 Counterpoint
Col. Arndt
 1967 The Double Man
Col. Berthold
 1966 Fahrenheit 451
Fabian / Headmistress
 1966 The Baron (TV Series)
Jadwiga Szoblik
- Enemy of the State (1966) ... Jadwiga Szoblik
 1966 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Charles Mason
- Routine Check (1966) ... Charles Mason
 1965 The Heroes of Telemark
Major Frick
 1965 Shots in 3/4 Time
Burger
 1965 Operation Crossbow
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1964 Lana - Königin der Amazonen
Professor Van Vries (as Antony Diffring)
 1964 A Mission for Mr. Dodd
Howard
 1963 Incident at Midnight
Dr. Erik Leichner
 1963 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Erik Leichner
- Incident at Midnight (1963) ... Dr. Erik Leichner
 1962 Studio 4 (TV Series)
 1961 Enter Inspector Duval
Inspector Duval
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Korvetten-Kapitän Griesch
- Cross of Iron (1961) ... Korvetten-Kapitän Griesch
 1961 Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Router
- Death from a Distance (1961) ... Router
 1961 Quadrille (TV Movie)
Lord Hubert Heronden
 1961 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Wilhelm Hessler
- The Prisoner (1961) ... Wilhelm Hessler
 1960 Circus of Horrors
Dr. Schuler
 1959 H.G.Wells' Invisible Man (TV Series)
Commisar Gunzi
- The Prize (1959) ... Commisar Gunzi
 1957-1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Louis / Vitulescu
- The Last Hours (1959) ... Louis
- Mrs. Willie (1957) ... Vitulescu
 1951-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel / La Marck / Buschmann / ...
- A Small Revolution (1959) ... Colonel
- The Magnificent Egotist (1957) ... La Marck
- The Cold Light (1956) ... Buschmann
- Autumn Crocus (1952) ... Steiner
- The Day of Glory (1951) ... Pilot-Officer L. Radwanski
 1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death
Dr. Georges Bonner
 1956-1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Cast member in 'The Handshake'
- Wedding Day (1959)
- The Handshake/Bid for Fame (1956) ... Cast member in 'The Handshake' (uncredited)
 1958 Mark of the Phoenix
Inspector Schell
 1958 A Question of Adultery
Carl Dieter
 1958 O.S.S. (TV Series)
Schneider
- Operation Eel (1958) ... Schneider
 1957 Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series)
Mr. X
- The Continental Holiday (1957) ... Mr. X
 1957 The Beasts of Marseilles
Colonel Trautman
 1957 Lady of Vengeance
Karnak
 1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (TV Series)
Louis Walleau
- The Billion Franc Mystery (1957) ... Louis Walleau
 1957 Hour of Mystery (TV Series)
John Thackeray
- The Man in Half Moon Street (1957) ... John Thackeray
 1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
Joseph Tezlik
- The Death Merchant (1957) ... Joseph Tezlik
 1957 The Crooked Sky
Fraser
 1957 The Accursed
Joseph Brezina
 1957 The Queen and the Rebels (TV Movie)
Raim
 1956 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Franz Mayer / Sergeant Schweiger
- The Dollar a Year Man (1956) ... Franz Mayer
- The Stripes of Sergeant Schweiger (1956) ... Sergeant Schweiger
 1956 Triple Deception
Anton Lauderbach
 1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Carlo
- Someone Outside (1956) ... Carlo
 1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Davos / Brother Francois
- The Silver Curtain (1956) ... Davos
- The Silent Vow (1956) ... Brother Francois
 1956 Reach for the Sky
German Stabsfeldwebel (uncredited)
 1956 The Black Tent
Senior Nazi Officer
 1956 My Friend Charles (TV Series)
Veldon
- Episode #1.4 (1956) ... Veldon
 1956 Doublecross
Dmitri Krassin
 1955 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Bergmann
- Summer in Normandy (1955) ... Bergmann
 1955 The Colditz Story
Fischer
 1954 The Sea Shall Not Have Them
German Pilot
 1954 Betrayed
Capt. Von Stanger
 1953 Operation Diplomat
Shroder
 1953 Break to Freedom
Capt. Schultz
 1953 Norman Conquest
Gregor
 1953 Paratrooper
The Pole
 1953 Never Let Me Go
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1952 Bachelor in Paris
Renoir
 1952 The Woman's Angle
Peasant
 1951 Island Rescue
German soldier #1
 1951 Hotel Sahara
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1950 Highly Dangerous
Officer At Station Check Point. (uncredited)
 1950 The Great Manhunt
State Police Officer at Theater
 1940 Neutral Port
Sailor (uncredited)
 1940 Convoy
U-Boat Officer (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Henry V," at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with William Peacock and Edgar Wreford in the cast. Gellner was director.

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Anthony Diffring | Antony Diffring

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Trivia:

Favored for the roles of Dr.Hans Fallanda and Dr.Bukovsky in Lifeforce(1985). See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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