Carl Esmond (1902–2004)

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Born Willy Eichberger in Vienna, Austria, he changed his name to the ethnically nondescript Carl Esmond and went on to become a well-regarded actor both here and in Europe, a career that sustained itself for nearly 50 years. He initially studied drama in Vienna at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts and started things off with the German film The ... See full bio »

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Ministry of Fear Willi Hilfe
Sergeant York German Major
April Blossoms Count Rudi Von Hohenberg


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 1985 My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (TV Movie)
General Von Helmuth
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
- Terror Times Two (1972) ... Zeiss
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
August Werner
- Operation: XW-1 (1972) ... August Werner
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Alex Huber
- Crooked Corner (1970) ... Alex Huber
 1970 To Rome with Love (TV Series)
- Beautiful People (1970) ... Kurt
 1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Marquis de Lacaise
- Explosion!: Part 1 (1967) ... Marquis de Lacaise
 1967 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
German General
- The Big Con (1967) ... German General
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Baron Freddy De Chasseur
- The Galatea Affair (1966) ... Baron Freddy De Chasseur
 1966 Insight (TV Series)
 1966 Agent for H.A.R.M.
Prof. Jan Stefánik
 1965 Convoy (TV Series)
Field Marshal Von Speer
- The Assassin (1965) ... Field Marshal Von Speer
 1965 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Otto Hiltz
- The Cold, Cold War of Paul Bryan (1965) ... Otto Hiltz
 1965 Morituri
 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Baron Pyrrhos
- The Day of the Pretenders (1964) ... Baron Pyrrhos
 1963 The Kiss of the Vampire
Anton (US TV version)
 1962 Brushfire
 1962 Hitler
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
 1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
von Steuben
- The Pretty People (1961) ... von Steuben
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Comte de Lisle
- Diamond Flush (1961) ... Comte de Lisle
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
- Second Cousin to the Czar (1960) ... Dimitri
 1960 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
- The Lonely Room (1960) ... Emile
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
- Operation Ramrod (1959) ... Marcuse
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Kurt Von Paulus
- Out of the Past (1959) ... Kurt Von Paulus
 1959 Thunder in the Sun
Andre Dauphin
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Nikolas Bethlen
- Deed of Mercy (1959) ... Nikolas Bethlen
 1959 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Dr. Haas
- Message from Hardenburg (1959) ... Dr. Haas
 1958 From the Earth to the Moon
Jules Verne
 1957 The Adventures of McGraw (TV Series)
Baron Von Schekt
- The Cheat (1957) ... Baron Von Schekt
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Paul Ehrenhardt
- Bait for the Tiger (1957) ... Paul Ehrenhardt
 1955-1956 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Nicholas Van Loon / Helmut Van Dorn
- Doubled in Diamonds (1956) ... Nicholas Van Loon
- Return of the Hawk (1955) ... Helmut Van Dorn
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
- The Nevada Nightingale (1956) ... Vail
 1955-1956 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
- London (1956)
- Teheran (1955) ... Fabian
 1956 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Col. Picard
- Fury at Rio Hondo (1956) ... Col. Picard
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Pierre / Victor Laszlo
- Little Boy Lost (1956) ... Pierre
- Casablanca (1955) ... Victor Laszlo
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Major Alexander Zuntz
- The Rebel (1956) ... Major Alexander Zuntz
 1955 Lola Montès
Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
 1954 Regina Amstetten
Prof. Werner Grüter (as Willy Eichberger-Esmond)
 1953 Love's Awakening
Michael Rainer, Maler (as Willy Eichberger)
 1953 Your Play Time (TV Series)
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Maurice de Szekely
- The Bet (1953) ... Maurice de Szekely
 1952 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Aftermath (1952)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Count Borselli
- A String of Beads (1952) ... Count Borselli
 1952 Biff Baker, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Maj. Morovik
- Crash Landing (1952) ... Maj. Morovik
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 The World in His Arms
Prince Semyon
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
Baron de Sarnac--Chief of Police
- The Iron Mask (1951) ... Baron de Sarnac--Chief of Police
 1951 Racket Squad (TV Series)
 1950 Mystery Submarine
Lt. Heldman
 1950 The Desert Hawk
 1948 Walk a Crooked Mile
Dr. Ritter von Stolb
 1947 Slave Girl
El Hamid
 1947 Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman
Dr. Lorenz
 1946 Lover Come Back
Paul Millard
 1946 The Catman of Paris
Charles Regnier
 1945 This Love of Ours
Uncle Robert
 1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy
Baron Zoltan Faludi
 1945 Without Love
Paul Carrell
 1944 Experiment Perilous
 1944 The Master Race
Senior Lt. Andrei Krestov
 1944 Resisting Enemy Interrogation
Maj. von Behn - Nazi Commandant (uncredited)
 1944 Ministry of Fear
Willi Hilfe
 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell
Lt. Dirk Van Daal
 1944 Address Unknown
Baron von Friesche
 1943 First Comes Courage
Maj. Paul Dichter
 1943 Margin for Error
Baron Max von Alvenstor (as Charles Esmond)
 1942 Seven Sweethearts
Carl Randall
 1942 The Navy Comes Through
Richard 'Dutch' Kroner
 1942 Panama Hattie
Lucas Kefler (uncredited)
 1942 Pacific Rendezvous
Andre Leemuth
 1941 Sundown
Jan Kuypens
 1941 Sergeant York
German Major (as Charles Esmond)
 1940 Little Men
Prof. Bhaer (as Charles Esmond)
 1939 Thunder Afloat
U-Boat Captain
 1938 The Dawn Patrol
Hauptmann Von Mueller
 1936 Romance
Graf Eduard Romanel (as Willy Eichberger)
 1936 Burg Theatre
Josef Rainer (as Willy Eichberger)
 1936 Prater
Fred - ein Maler (as Willy Eichberger)
 1936 All for Veronica
Paul Schmidt (as Willy Eichberger)
 1936 Der Favorit der Kaiserin
Fähnrich Alexander Tomsky (as Willy Eichberger)
 1936 Der König lächelt - Paris lacht
Chapelou, der Postillon von Lonjumeau (as Willy Eichberger)
 1935 Die Pompadour
Francois Boucher (as Willy Eichberger)
 1935 Blutsbrüder
Mirko, der Herr (as Willy Eichberger)
 1934 Die Liebe siegt
Willy Schneider (as Willy Eichberger)
 1934 Evensong
Count Ehrenburg / Archduke Theodore
 1934 April Blossoms
Count Rudi Von Hohenberg
 1933 Inge and the Millions
Walter Brink, Angestellter der Spedition (as Willy Eichberger)
 1933 Kleines Mädel - großes Glück
Georg Hellwig (as Willy Eichberger)
 1933 Playing at Love
Oberleutnant Theo Kaiser (as Willi Eichberger)
 1933 The Emperor's Waltz
Viktor Eggersdorf (as Willy Eichberger)
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Stage Play: Four Winds. Written by Thomas Phipps [only Broadway credit]. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. Cort Theatre: 25 Sep 1957- 12 Oct 1957 (21 performances). Cast: Peter Cookson (as "Garrett Scott"), Carl Esmond [only Broadway credit], Luella Gear (as "Audrey Pender"), Bob Hardy (as "Jeremy Paget"), Harry Shaw Lowe, Harry Mehaffey, ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Willi Eichberger | Willy Eichberger | Willy Eichberger-Esmond | Charles Esmond


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Ruth Taub  (his death)

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When the power of the National Socialism grew more and more in Germany he fled to England for the present where he could continue his career at the theater and in movies. He went to Hollywood in 1938 and was also able to gain a foothold there. See more »

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