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Overview (2)

Born in Hamburg, Germany
Died in London, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Frederick Valk was born on June 10, 1895 in Hamburg, Germany. He was an actor, known for Thunder Rock (1942), Night Train to Munich (1940) and Mrs. Fitzherbert (1947). He was married to Diana Mary Quirk. He died on July 23, 1956 in London, England.

Spouse (1)

Diana Mary Quirk (27 May 1941 - 23 July 1956) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (5)

A Czechoslovakian citizen, born in Germany, who went on to become a British subject
Married with two young sons at the time of his death.
Played most of the Shakespearean leading roles and notable for his portrayal of Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice." His Othello has been deemed one of the most definitive--alongside Paul Robeson and Laurence Olivier, despite the fact that he spoke the lines with a thick Czechoslovakian accent.
Ironically fled Nazism in 1930s Germany only to be stereotyped as fearless, imposing-eyed Kommandants in British war pictures; later played doctors, kings and cabinet ministers as well.
Best remembered for his role as the cynical analyst of schizophrenic ventriloquist Michael Redgrave in the classic thriller Dead of Night (1945).

Personal Quotes (1)

It is said that those who talk so much on the stage shouldn't talk too much in private. No artist should talk at all, he should let his work speak for him.

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