Biography

Walter Slezak (3 May 1902 – 21 April 1983) was a portly Austrian character actor who appeared in numerous Hollywood films. Slezak often portrayed villains or thugs, most notably the German U-boat captain in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 Lifeboat, but occasionally he got to play lighter roles, as in 1962's The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. He also played a cheerfully corrupt and philosophical private detective in the 1947 film noir Born to Kill and appeared as Squire Trelawney in the 1972 version of Treasure Island.

Walter Slezak (3 May 1902 – 21 April 1983) was a portly Austrian character actor who appeared in numerous Hollywood films. Slezak often portrayed villains or thugs, most notably the German U-boat captain in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 Lifeboat, but occasionally he got to play lighter roles, as in 1962's The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. He also played a cheerfully corrupt and philosophical private detective in the 1947 film noir Born to Kill and appeared as Squire Trelawney in the 1972 version of Treasure Island.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 73

Birthday 1902-05-03

Day of Death 1983-04-21

Place of Birth Vienna, Austria

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 The Mysterious House of Dr. C. as Dr. Coppelius
1972 Treasure Island as Squire Trelawney
1971 Black Beauty as Hackenschmidt
1968 Dr. Coppelius as Dr. Coppelius
1968 Heidi as Father Richter
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (2 episodes)
1967 The Caper of the Golden Bulls as Antonio Gonzales
1966 Congress of Love as Der 'Ewige Wiener'
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 A Very Special Favor
1965 Twenty-Four Hours to Kill as Malouf
1964 Emil and the Detectives as Baron
1964 Wonderful Life as Lloyd Davis
1963 A Cry of Angels
1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm as Stossel
1961 Dr. Kildare (1 episode)
1961 Cain's Hundred (1 episode)
1961 Come September as Maurice Clavell
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (18 episodes) as Host
1959 The Miracle as Flaco
1959 The Big Party (13 episodes)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1957 Pinocchio as Gepetto
1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms as Papa Martelli
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1956 Telephone Time (1 episode)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1954 The Steel Cage as Louis, the Prison Chef, segment "The Chef"
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 White Witch Doctor as Huysman
1953 Call Me Madam as August Tantinnin
1953 Confidentially Connie as Emil Spangenberg
1952 Omnibus (2 episodes)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 episodes)
1951 The Name's the Same (21 episodes)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 People Will Talk as Prof. Barker
1951 Bedtime for Bonzo as Prof. Hans Neumann
1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion as Sgt. Axmann
1950 Spy Hunt as Dr Stahl
1950 The Yellow Cab Man as Dr. Byron Dokstedder
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 The Inspector General as Yakov
1949 Suspense (5 episodes)
1948 Studio One (4 episodes)
1948 The Pirate as Don Pedro Vargas
1947 Riff-Raff as Eric Molinar
1947 Born to Kill as Matthew Arnett
1947 Sinbad the Sailor as Melik
1945 Cornered as Melchior Incza
1945 The Spanish Main as Don Juan Alvarado
1945 Salome, Where She Danced as Dimitrioff
1944 The Princess and the Pirate as La Roche
1944 Till We Meet Again as Vitrey, The Mayor
1944 Step Lively as Joe Gribble
1944 Lifeboat as Willy
1943 The Fallen Sparrow as Dr. Christian Skaas
1943 This Land Is Mine as Major Erich von Keller
1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon as Baron Franz Von Luber
1932 Spione im Savoy-Hotel as Kurt
1928 Almenrausch und Edelweiss as Mentel
1928 Ledige Mütter
1927 Die große Pause as Ottokar
1927 Die Lorelei
1927 Das Recht zu leben
1927 Ehegeheimnisse
1926 Junges Blut as Oberprimaner
1926 Aus des Rheinlands Schicksalstagen as Walter Thiermann
1926 Grüß mir das blonde Kind am Rhein
1925 O alte Burschenherrlichkeit
1924 Michael as Michael
1922 Sodom and Gomorrah as Eduard Harber - Student am Cambridge-Lyzeum / Ein Goldschmied von Galiläa

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