Karel Stepanek (1899–1980)

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Though born in Czechoslovakia, actor Karel Stepanek was generally regarded as a German actor due to his extensive film work in Germany (as Karl Stepanek) in the years before World War II. Stepanek fled to England in 1940, where, like many European refugee actors, he specialized in portraying Teutonic villains. He tried to stay away from ... See full bio »


(age 81) in London, England, UK

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Operation Crossbow Professor Hoffer
Die Fledermaus Attaché Baranoff / Orlovsky
The Dancing Bear Nicolas Rieger


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 1970 The Games
 1968 Before Winter Comes
Count Kerassy
 1967 Murderers Club of Brooklyn
Dyers (as Karl Stepanek)
 1967 Mogul (TV Series)
Carl Reinhardt
- Home and Dry (1967) ... Carl Reinhardt
 1966 The Frozen Dead
General Lubeck
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
Colonel Cenci
- Let Slip the Dogs of War (1966) ... Colonel Cenci
 1966 Sperrbezirk
Inspector Wagner (as Karl Stepanek)
 1965 The Heroes of Telemark
 1965 Operation Crossbow
Professor Hoffer
 1964 Devil Doll
Dr. Heller
 1963 Das Kriminalmuseum (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Großmann
- Die Nadel (1963) ... Dr. Robert Großmann
 1963 Aufstand der Gehorsamen (TV Movie)
Jawor Stranski
 1962 Terror After Midnight
Vater Stoddard
 1961 Zeit der Schuldlosen (TV Series)
- Zweiter Teil (1961) ... Baron (as Karl Stepanek)
- Erster Teil (1961) ... Baron (as Karl Stepanek)
 1961 Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series)
Count Carlo Di San Pietro
- A Woman of Fifty (1961) ... Count Carlo Di San Pietro
 1959-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Pete Zavras
- The Last Tycoon (1959) ... Pete Zavras
 1960 Our House (TV Series)
- To Please Louise (1960)
 1960 Brainwashed
 1960 I Aim at the Stars
Captain Dornberger
 1960 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Professor Remi
- State Visit (1960) ... Professor Remi
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Harsen
- The Night of the Big Heat (1960) ... Dr. Harsen
 1960 Sink the Bismarck!
Admiral Günther Lutjens
 1959 Our Man in Havana
Dr. Braun
 1959 Operation Amsterdam
Diamond Merchant (uncredited)
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Moment of Truth (1958) ... Victor
 1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (TV Series)
- The Unknown Man (1957) ... Rubici
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Joseph of Cordoba
- The York Treasure (1957) ... Joseph of Cordoba
- The Wanderer (1956) ... Joseph of Cordoba
 1957 The Accursed
Friederich Suderman
 1957 The Fighting Wildcats
 1957 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Dangerous Cargo (1957) ... Pliny
 1957 There Shall Be No Night (TV Movie)
Major Rutkowski
 1956 Anastasia
Mikhail Vlados
 1954-1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Julio / Petros / Manager / ...
- The Man Who Wouldn't Escape (1956) ... Julio
- Dimitrios (1956) ... Petros
- The Mix-Up (1954) ... Manager
- The International Settlement (1954) ... Voss
 1956 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Lt. Voljac
- The Stripes of Sergeant Schweiger (1956) ... Lt. Voljac
 1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
- Death in Inner Space (1956) ... Hodek
 1956 The Man in the Road
Dmitri Balinkev
 1956 Private's Progress
German Officer (uncredited)
 1955 Man of the Moment
 1955 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Colonel Geraldine
- The Suicide Club (1955) ... Colonel Geraldine
 1955 The Cockleshell Heroes
Assistant Gestapo Officer
 1955 Secret Venture
 1955 A Prize of Gold
Dr. Zachmann
 1954 Tale of Three Women
Alfred Dykemann (segment "Final Twist' story)
 1954 Dangerous Cargo
 1954 The Dancing Bear (TV Series)
Nicolas Rieger
- Julius (1954) ... Nicolas Rieger
- The Weakest Link (1954) ... Nicolas Rieger
 1954 The Final Twist (Short)
Alfred Dykemann
 1953 Shoot First
 1953 Never Let Me Go
 1953 City Beneath the Sea
Dwight Trevor
 1952 Affair in Trinidad
 1952 Walk East on Beacon!
Alexi Laschenkov aka Gregory Anders
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Schutzmacher / Committee chairman
- The Doctor's Dilemma (1951) ... Dr. Schutzmacher
- Those in Favour... (1951) ... Committee chairman
 1951 No Highway in the Sky
Mannheim (uncredited)
 1951 The Third Visitor
Richard Carling
 1950 The Great Manhunt
Dr. Revo
 1950 Cairo Road
Edouardo Pavlis
 1949 The Gay Adventure
 1949 Give Us This Day
 1949 The Third Man
Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
 1949 Conspirator
 1948 The Fallen Idol
First Secretary
 1948 Broken Journey
Swiss Officer (uncredited)
 1948 Counterblast
Prof. Inman - Nazi Psychiatrist
 1946 The Captive Heart
 1943 They Met in the Dark
 1943 Escape to Danger
Franz von Brinkman
 1943 At Dawn We Die
 1942 Secret Mission
Major Lang
 1942 Our Film (Short)
 1940 Alles Schwindel
 1939 Das Stilett (Short)
Degrais, Leutnant (as Karl Stepanek)
 1939 Drei Väter um Anna
 1939 The Wise Mother in Law
Hans Giebel
 1939 The Leghorn Hat
 1939 Hotel Sacher
 1939 Another Experience
 1939 War es der im 3. Stock?
Georg Kilby
 1938 Narren im Schnee
Rolf Pinkenkötter
 1938 The Stars Shine
Oberbeleuchter Brandt (as Karl Stepanek)
 1937 Der Prüfstein (Short)
Dr. Weiland
 1937 Der Schauspieldirektor (Short) (as Karl Stepanek)
 1937 Klatovsti dragouni
Dance Master
 1937 Die Fledermaus
Attaché Baranoff / Orlovsky
 1937 Signal in der Nacht
Korporal Tschepski
 1936 Potpourri (Short)
Hans, ein junger Komponist (as Karl Stepanek)
 1936 Was sagen Sie dazu? (Short)
Werner Scharf
 1936 The Unknown
Manager at Regina's
 1936 Stronger Than Paragraphs
Robert Wendland
 1935 Der Außenseiter
Otto Burian
 1935 Bed of Roses
 1935 Hermine und die sieben Aufrechten
Ruckstuhl, Grundstückspekulant
 1933 Waltz War
Kellner Leopold
 1933 A Song for You
Theo Bruckner
 1932 The Gala Performance
Jackson (as Carl Stepanek)
 1932 Wer ist die süsse Kleine? (Short)
 1932 Here's Berlin
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Other Works:

He acted in Luigi Pirandello's play, "Six Characters in Search of An Author," at the Embassy Theatre in London, England with Yvonne Mitchell, Charles Lloyd Pack, Jean Anderson, and Oscar Quitak in the cast. Ngaio Marsh was director.

Alternate Names:

Carl Stepanek | Karl Stepanek

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The Czech actor Karel Stepanek joined an acting education in Germany and from 1920 he worked on different stages, first in Brünn, later in Vienna and finally Berlin. There he was able to launch an impressive film career as Karl Stepanek. See more »

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