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Karl Stepanek

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 out-and-out Nazi roles, but his predilection for wearing black uniforms and barking out guttural commands left little doubt as to the political preferences of Stepanek's screen characters. One of his most typical characterizations could be found in the 1946 POW drama, The Captive Heart; Stepanek also registered well as a friendlier foreigner in The Fallen Idol (1949). Commuting between London and Hollywood, Karel Stepanek continued to fight World War II, usually on the wrong side, into such '60s films as Sink the Bismarck! (1960), I Aim at the Stars (1960) and Operation Crossbow (1965).

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Oct 29, 1899 In Brünn, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Brno, Czech Republic]
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Here's Berlin 1932-03-14
Latest Project:
Movie The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway 2003-10-31
Known For
Poster of The Games
Poster of The File of the Golden Goose
Poster of The Heroes of Telemark
Poster of Our Film
Movie The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway Unknown 2003-10-31
Movie The Games Kubitsek 1970-08-07
Movie Before Winter Comes Count Kerassy 1969-03-24
Movie The File of the Golden Goose Mueller 1969-10-13
Movie Jerry Cotton: Murderclub Of Brooklyn Dyers 1967-03-17
Movie Sperrbezirk Inspector Wagner 1966-06-02
Movie The Frozen Dead General Lubeck 1966-10-15
Movie Licensed to Kill Henrik Jacobsen 1965-11-17
Movie Operation Crossbow Prof. Hoffer 1965-04-01
Movie The Heroes of Telemark Hartmuller 1965-11-22
Movie Devil Doll Dr. Heller 1964-09-01
Movie Aufstand der Gehorsamen Jawor Stranski 1963-04-20
Movie Our Man in Havana Dr. Braun 1960-01-27
Movie Sink the Bismarck! Admiral Lutjens - 'Bismarck' 1960-02-11
Movie The Traitor Friederich Suderman 1957-03-01
Movie The Man in the Road Dmitri Balinkev 1956-03-01
Movie Anastasia Mikhail Vlados 1956-12-13
Movie Man of the Moment Lom 1955-01-01
Movie The Cockleshell Heroes Assistant Gestapo Officer 1955-11-16
Movie Tale of Three Women Alfred Dykemann (segment "Final Twist' story) 1954-01-01
Movie Dangerous Cargo Pliny 1954-05-01
Movie City Beneath the Sea Dwight Trevor 1953-03-11
Movie Rough Shoot Diss 1953-05-15
Movie Never Let Me Go Commissar 1953-03-18
Movie Walk East on Beacon! Alexi Laschenkov / Gregory Anders 1952-06-01
Movie Affair in Trinidad Walters 1952-07-29
Movie The Third Visitor Richard Carling 1951-01-01
Movie No Highway Unknown 1951-06-28
Movie Cairo Road Edouardo Pavlis 1950-06-21
Movie State Secret Dr. Revo 1950-09-11
Movie Golden Arrow Schroeder 1949-12-31
Movie Conspirator Radek 1949-07-28
Movie The Third Man Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited) 1949-08-31
Movie Counterblast Professor Inman 1948-01-01
Movie The Fallen Idol First Secretary 1948-09-30
Movie Broken Journey Swiss Officer (uncredited) 1948-04-14
Movie The Captive Heart Forster 1946-04-29
Movie Escape to Danger Franz von Brinkman 1943-10-18
Movie Tomorrow We Live Seitz 1943-04-05
Movie They Met in the Dark Riccardo 1943-08-11
Movie Our Film Soviet Visitor 1942-08-03
Movie Secret Mission Major Lang 1942-10-05
Movie War es der im 3. Stock? Georg Kilby 1939-01-06
Movie The Leghorn Hat Felix, Diener bei Farina 1939-04-04
Movie Hotel Sacher Franz 1939-04-15
Movie Klatovští dragouni Unknown 1938-02-25
Movie Narren im Schnee Rolf Pinkenkötter 1938-08-16
Movie Die Fledermaus Attaché Baranoff / Orlovsky 1937-10-30
Movie The Unknown Manager at Regina's 1936-11-12
Movie Na růžích ustláno Unknown 1935-01-25
Movie Hermine und die sieben Aufrechten Ruckstuhl 1935-01-11
Movie Pozdní láska Unknown 1935-06-07
Movie Der Außenseiter Otto Burian 1935-11-14
Movie A Song for You Theo Bruckner 1933-04-14
Movie Waltz War Unknown 1933-10-03
Movie Here's Berlin Max 1932-03-14
Movie Spione im Savoy-Hotel Jackson 1932-11-04
Movie Five of the Jazzband Jean 1932-04-11