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John Van Dreelen (1922–1992)

The son of a celebrated Dutch actor, John Van Dreelen may have come by his debonair countenance with a bit of help from his continental pedigree. Fluent in several languages, he was reported to have escaped a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Holland by disguising himself as one of the German officers he would later play so often on both big and ... See full bio »

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(age 70)

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 1991-1992 Unsere Hagenbecks (TV Series)
Sir Henry
- Nachwuchs (1992) ... Sir Henry
- Besuch aus Indien (1992) ... Sir Henry
- Alarm im Tierpark (1992) ... Sir Henry
- Umzug (1992) ... Sir Henry
- Die Schlagzeile (1992) ... Sir Henry
 1991 Becoming Colette
Albert
 1990 Operation Las Vegas
Parker
 1989 Simon Winner (TV Series)
Baron
- De eigenwijze tuinman (1989) ... Baron (as John van Dreelen)
 1989 Born to Fight
Gen. Weber
 1989 Beppie (TV Series)
Helmut Schuszmeier
- Monique (1989) ... Helmut Schuszmeier
 1988 L'heure Simenon (TV Series)
Uncle Louis
- La maison du canal (1988) ... Uncle Louis
 1988 Ons soort mensen (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. West
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
Jacques DeVille
- Part IV (1988) ... Jacques DeVille
- Part III (1988) ... Jacques DeVille
- Part II (1988) ... Jacques DeVille
- Part I (1988) ... Jacques DeVille
 1987 Zoeken naar Eileen
Philips vader
 1987 Odyssée d'amour
Dr. Alexander De Winter
 1987 Mascara
Minister Weinberger
 1986 Reagan: Let's Finish the Job (TV Series)
James Stewart
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... James Stewart
 1985 Airwolf (TV Series)
Victor Janek
- Crossover (1985) ... Victor Janek
 1985 Dynasty (TV Series)
Minister
- The Aftermath (1985) ... Minister
- Royal Wedding (1985) ... Minister
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
Heinrich Bosch
 1985 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Hunt
- Buy Out (1985) ... Hunt (as John van Dreelen)
 1984 Cover Up (TV Series)
Malcolm Caine
- Writer's Block (1984) ... Malcolm Caine (as John van Dreelen)
 1984 Paper Dolls (TV Series)
Dr. Zwan
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... Dr. Zwan
 1984 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Johan Riebmann
- Father's Day (1984) ... Johan Riebmann (as John van Dreelen)
- Requiem (1984) ... Johan Riebmann (as John van Dreelen)
 1983 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Francois Periot
- Steele Threads (1983) ... Francois Periot
 1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Henri Beaumont
- Harts on the Scent (1983) ... Henri Beaumont
 1983 Kommissariat IX (TV Series)
William S. Shilling
- Neues vom Aktienmarkt (1983) ... William S. Shilling (as John van Dreelen)
 1982 Der schwarze Bumerang (TV Mini-Series)
Arzt
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Arzt
 1981 Evita Peron (TV Movie)
Capt. von Weber
 1980 The Formula
Hans Lehman, Prefect of Police Berlin
 1980 Swan Song (TV Movie)
Bergstrom
 1979 House Calls (TV Series)
Maitre d'
- Side to Side (1979) ... Maitre d'
 1979 Beggarman, Thief (TV Movie)
 1979 The Ultimate Impostor (TV Movie)
Ruben Parets
 1978 The Word (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Fass
 1978 The Clone Master (TV Movie)
Salt
 1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Dante
- Flight to Oblivion (1978) ... Dante
 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Gunderson
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Gunderson
 1978 The Great Wallendas (TV Movie)
Herman Wallenda
 1977 Washington: Behind Closed Doors (TV Mini-Series)
Wharton
- Part 3 (1977) ... Wharton
 1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (TV Mini-Series)
Dietrich
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Alexander Cruz
- Dancing in the Dark (1977) ... Alexander Cruz (as John vanDreelen)
 1977 Too Hot to Handle
MacKenzie Portman (as John vanDreelen)
 1974-1976 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Theodore J. Matheson / Alfredo Tucelli
- H+2+O = Death (1976) ... Theodore J. Matheson
- Dr. Wells Is Missing (1974) ... Alfredo Tucelli
 1975 Rufus
Marcel
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
John Vander Veer
- To Steal a Million (1975) ... John Vander Veer
 1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Victor Sonderheim
- Forfeit by Death (1974) ... Victor Sonderheim
 1974 Tatort (TV Series)
Hugo Schaarf
- Nachtfrost (1974) ... Hugo Schaarf
 1973 Die Kriminalerzählung (TV Series)
Mr. Judson
- Ein Zylinder aus Onyx (1973) ... Mr. Judson
 1973 Diamantenparty (TV Movie)
Direktor Konni Masur (as John van Dreelen)
 1973 The Big Game
Lee
 1973 Lost Horizon
Dr. Verden
 1972 The Sandy Duncan Show (TV Series)
Le Moko
- Hold Your Hoarse (1972) ... Le Moko
 1972 Nightshade
Jan Eckmann
 1972 Hamburg Transit (TV Series)
Van Drees
- Wie ihr das macht, ist eure Sache (1972) ... Van Drees
 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Bramstedt
- Cynthia (1971) ... Bramstedt (as John van Dreelen)
 1967-1970 Ironside (TV Series)
Carl Shiller / Varinyi
- Check, Mate, and Murder: Part 2 (1970) ... Carl Shiller (as John vanDreelen)
- The Fourteenth Runner (1967) ... Varinyi
 1970 McCloud (TV Series)
Rissient
- Our Man in Paris (1970) ... Rissient
 1970 Get Smart (TV Series)
Algernon DeGrasse
- What's It All About, Algie? (1970) ... Algernon DeGrasse
 1970 Paris 7000 (TV Series)
 1966-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Alex Yustov / Ernst Conrad / Stan Brown / ...
- Deadly Reunion (1970) ... Ernst Conrad
- A Sleeper Wakes (1967) ... Stan Brown
- Vendetta (1966) ... Karl Schindler
- The Defector: Part 2 (1966) ... Alex Yustov
- The Defector: Part 1 (1966) ... Alex Yustov
 1969-1970 De kleine zielen (TV Series)
Henri van der Welcke / Van der welcke / Henri vd Welcke
- Episode #1.10 (1970) ... Henri van der Welcke
- Episode #1.2 (1969) ... Van der welcke
- Episode #1.1 (1969) ... Henri vd Welcke
 1969 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Rick Lawrence
- Closed Set (1969) ... Rick Lawrence
 1968-1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
General Alekseiko / Valdone / General Kunay
- The Beautiful People (1969) ... General Alekseiko (as John van Dreelan)
- The Bill Is in Committee (1968) ... Valdone (as John van Dreelen)
- Totally by Design (1968) ... General Kunay (as John van Dreelen)
 1968-1969 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Dr. Hans Linquist / Travell / George Travell
- My Dog, the Thief: Part 2 (1969) ... Travell (as John van Dreelen)
- My Dog, the Thief: Part 1 (1969) ... George Travell
- The Treasure of San Bosco Reef: Part 2 (1968) ... Dr. Hans Linquist (as John van Dreelan)
- The Treasure of San Bosco Reef: Part 1 (1968) ... Dr. Hans Linquist (as John van Dreelan)
 1966-1969 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Count Balkovitch / Marquis Philippe de La Mer
- The Night of the Cossacks (1969) ... Count Balkovitch
- The Night of the Watery Death (1966) ... Marquis Philippe de La Mer
 1968 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Karl
- Find Tara Chapman! (1968) ... Karl
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Deist
- Incident in Berlin (1968) ... Deist
 1968 Green Acres (TV Series)
Count Freidmeister
- The Rummage Sale (1968) ... Count Freidmeister
 1968 Die Ente klingelt um halb acht
Rechtsanwalt Kellermann
 1967-1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Henrik Verbeck / Jan Vlasek
- Beware My Love (1968) ... Henrik Verbeck
- The Calculus of Chaos (1967) ... Jan Vlasek (as John van Dreelen)
 1967 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
Col. Mantfreeling
- Breakout (1967) ... Col. Mantfreeling
 1967 Three for Danger (TV Movie)
Lassiter (as John Van Drelen)
 1967 Von Null Uhr Eins bis Mitternacht - Der abenteuerliche Urlaub des Mark Lissen (TV Series)
Mark Lissen
- Die Hochzeit (1967) ... Mark Lissen
- Der Blumengruß (1967) ... Mark Lissen
- Die Rache (1967) ... Mark Lissen
- Das Museumsstück (1967) ... Mark Lissen
- Die kranke Miss Mabel (1967) ... Mark Lissen
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Duprez
- To Steal the Rising Sun (1967) ... Duprez
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Prime Minister Henrik Durvard
- The Diamond (1967) ... Prime Minister Henrik Durvard (as John van Dreelen)
 1967 Combat! (TV Series)
Lt. Kramer
- Anniversary (1967) ... Lt. Kramer
 1965-1967 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Admiral the Baron Gustave Von Neuberg / Schroder
- Death from the Past (1967) ... Admiral the Baron Gustave Von Neuberg
- The Last Battle (1965) ... Schroder
 1966 I Deal in Danger
von Lindendorf
 1964-1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Capt. Staufman / Col. von Datz / Maj. Schindler / ...
- Practice to Deceive (1966) ... Col. von Datz (as John van Dreelan)
- Day of Reckoning (1966) ... Maj. Schindler (as John van Dreelen)
- The Slaughter Pen (1966) ... Gen. Reger (as John van Dreelen)
- P.O.W.: Part Two (1965) ... Capt. Staufman (as John van Dreelen)
- P.O.W.: Part One (1965) ... Capt. Staufman (as John van Dreelen)
 1966 Jericho (TV Series)
 1966 The Man Who Never Was (TV Series)
Van Zeeland
- Search for a Bent Twig (1966) ... Van Zeeland (as John Van Dreelan)
 1966 Operation Razzle-Dazzle (TV Movie)
 1966 Preview Tonight (TV Series)
- Somewhere in Italy... Company B! (1966) ... (as John Van Dreelan)
 1966 Madame X
Christian Torben
 1966 Blue Light (TV Series)
Gen. Von Lindendorf
- The Fortress Below (1966) ... (as John van Dreelan)
- Target, David March (1966) ... (as John van Dreelan)
- The Last Man (1966) ... Gen. Von Lindendorf
 1966 Insight (TV Series)
Major Marchand
- Trial by Fire (1966) ... Major Marchand
 1965 I Spy (TV Series)
Kraft
- The Time of the Knife (1965) ... Kraft
 1965 Von Ryan's Express
Col. Gortz (as John van Dreelen)
 1963-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Niklas Strellin / Col. Nauman
- Memorandum for a Spy: Part 2 (1965) ... Niklas Strellin
- Memorandum for a Spy: Part 1 (1965) ... Niklas Strellin
- Four Kings (1963) ... Col. Nauman
 1965 Memorandum for a Spy (TV Movie)
Strellin
 1964-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Jarvis Logan / Gideon Long
- The Case of the Feather Cloak (1965) ... Jarvis Logan (as John van Dreelen)
- The Case of the Bountiful Beauty (1964) ... Gideon Long (as John van Dreelen)
 1964 See How They Run (TV Movie)
 1964 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Commissar Vassiloff
- The Jeopardy Room (1964) ... Commissar Vassiloff (as John vanDreelen)
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Eduardo Lenzi
- Leviathan Five (1964) ... Dr. Eduardo Lenzi (as John vanDreelen)
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Dr. Armin Weeler
- The Day of the Misfits (1963) ... Dr. Armin Weeler
 1963 Grindl (TV Series)
Antoine
- The Ghastly Honeymoon (1963) ... Antoine
 1962 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Francioso Cardinale
- Lesson for a Lover (1962) ... Francioso Cardinale
 1962 Laura (TV Movie)
Shelby Carpenter
 1962 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Guy
- Carla (1962) ... Guy
 1959-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Van Horn / Volta / Max Comstock / ...
- Upbeat (1962) ... Van Horn
- The Diplomatic Caper (1962) ... Volta
- Vamp Til Ready (1961) ... Max Comstock
- Tiger by the Tail (1961) ... Padi Shah of Benar
- The Antwerp Caper (1960) ... Alexis Manet
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Joel Stone
- Man of Mystery (1962) ... Joel Stone
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Ulrich
- The Immigrants (1962) ... Ulrich (as John vanDreelen)
 1960-1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Curt Viner / Hilary Kane / Otto Von Helgren / ...
- My Love But Lightly (1962) ... Curt Viner (as John van Dreelen)
- The Big Dealer (1961) ... Hilary Kane
- Swan Song for a Hero (1960) ... Otto Von Helgren
- Princess from Manhattan (1960) ... Prince Abdur Rahman
- Second Fiddle (1960) ... Gregor Kandinsky
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Juliano
- Out of the Night (1961) ... Juliano
 1961 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Hans Gruber
- Chester's Dilemma (1961) ... Hans Gruber
 1960-1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Martin Harriby / Fredrik Lundstrom
- Spinout at Sebring (1961) ... Martin Harriby
- The International Net (1960) ... Fredrik Lundstrom
 1961 Assignment: Underwater (TV Series)
Jacques Blanchard
- Rescue at Diamond Shoal (1961) ... Jacques Blanchard
 1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Malcolm Tyler DeVries
- The Promoter (1961) ... Malcolm Tyler DeVries
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Alonzo the Great
- Two a Day (1961) ... Alonzo the Great
 1960-1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Monsieur Coret / Charles Arnoux / Lieutenant Troveaux
- The Good Killing (1961) ... Monsieur Coret
- Passage to Tua (1960) ... Charles Arnoux
- The Color of Venom (1960) ... Lieutenant Troveaux
 1961 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Dumas
- Toujour L'Amour (1961) ... Dumas (as John van Dreelan)
 1960 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Voltane
- Murder Plays Charades (1960) ... Voltane
 1960 The Wizard of Baghdad
Sultan Jullnar
 1960 Beyond the Time Barrier
Dr. Bourman
 1960 Markham (TV Series)
George Wagner
- Escorts a La Carte (1960) ... George Wagner
 1960 The Enemy General
Gen. Bruger
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Col. Tolchek
- Mission to Mars (1960) ... Col. Tolchek
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Dr. Fredericks
- The Retirement of Maria Muir (1960) ... Dr. Fredericks
 1960 The Leech Woman
Bertram Garvay
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Captain Fortesque
- Mission into Mexico (1960) ... Captain Fortesque
 1959 The Flying Fontaines
Victor Fontaine
 1959 World of Giants (TV Series)
- Chemical Story (1959)
 1959 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
Georges Bolet
- Sky Diving (1959) ... Georges Bolet
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Hugh Wilson
- Millionaire Bill Franklin (1959) ... Hugh Wilson
 1958 A Time to Love and a Time to Die
Political Officer
 1957 Zwei Herzen voller Seligkeit
Dieter Lorenz (as John van Dreelen)
 1956 Staatsbegräbnis (TV Movie)
Pilot
 1956 Schiff ohne Hafen (TV Movie)
Ein holländischer Marineoffizier
 1956 Die Tochter (TV Movie)
William Blackthorne
 1955 Bedevilled
Michel Trevelle (uncredited)
 1955 The Last Ten Days
Major Brinkmann
 1954 Morgengrauen
 1953 Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer
Bernd Zagler
 1952 Moulin Rouge
Bit part (uncredited)
 1951 Baby Beats the Band
Rudy Walter (as Van Dreelen)
 1950 The Clock (TV Series)
 1950 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1949 Gigi
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1948 But Not in Vain
Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Self (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Unsold pilot: Appeared in a pilot for a proposed action series to be called "Solitaire", about a globe-trotting adventurer who lives by his wits and kills time playing solitaire. See more »

Alternate Names:

Van Dreelen | Jack Grimberg | John Van Dreelan | John Van Drelen | John van Dreelan | John van Dreelen | John vanDreelen

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Sent to Papanburg concentration camp during WWII, he joined a performers' troupe, and during one performance managed to grab a German officer's uniform from the audience cloak room and escaped in disguise. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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