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Helmut Dantine

Actor / Film Director | * 10/07/1918 († 63, 05/02/1982) | Vienna / Wien (Austria)
Helmut Dantine (7 October 1918 – 2 May 1982) was an Austrian-American actor who often played Nazis in thriller films of the 1940s. His best-known performances are perhaps the German pilot in Mrs. Miniver and the desperate refugee in Casablanca, who tries gambling to obtain travel visa money for himself and his wife. As his acting career waned, he turned to producing. According to one obituary, "He specialized in portrayals of Nazis, sometimes as the handsome but icy SS sadist battling Allied heroes, sometimes as a sympathetic German soldier forced, against his better judgment, to fight". ()
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Helmut Dantine was an Austrian-American actor who often played Nazis in thriller films of the 1940s. His best-known performances are perhaps the German pilot in Mrs. Miniver, and the desperate refugee in Casablanca, who tries gambling to obtain travel visa money for himself and his wife. As his acting career waned, he turned to producing.Dantine enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles. His relatives thought he would go into business, but he became interested in theater. He began his U.S. acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse, while running two gas stations in order to pay his expenses. Dantine was spotted by a talent scout from Warner Bros, who signed him to a contract.Dantine had uncredited parts in International Squadron and To Be or Not to Be, before his first credited role in MGM's Mrs. Miniver, playing a downed German pilot captured by the title character (played by Greer Garson). It was a huge hit, and Dantine received much positive attention from being in the film. In August 1942, Warners signed him to a new acting contract. The studio kept him busy with roles in the World War II films, The Pied Piper, Desperate Journey fighting Errol Flynn, and The Navy Comes Through. He had a sympathetic role in Casablanca, as a young refugee trying and failing to earn money via gambling. Warners begin to give Dantine more sizeable roles in their "A" films, Watch on the Rhine, Edge of Darkness, playing a Nazi officer, again fighting Errol Flynn, and Mission to Moscow, playing a sympathetic Russian.Dantine's good looks caused him to receive a lot of fan mail and, in the words of one profile, "the studio began to realize it had something else besides a Hollywood Hitlerite on its hands". Warners announced they had bought Night Action by Norman Krasna as a vehicle for Dantine, but the film appears not to have been made. Instead, he had a large role playing the villain in Northern Pursuit (1943), as a Nazi running loose in northern Canada fighting Errol Flynn again.Warner Bros. later cast him in a sympathetic role in Passage to Marseille, and he was one of several stars in Hollywood Canteen. In 1944, exhibitors voting for "Stars of Tomorrow", picked Dantine at number 10. Warners gave him a sympathetic lead in Hotel Berlin, as the leader of the German underground. He was once again a Nazi on-the-run in Escape in the Desert, a remake of The Petrified Forest. His last role for Warners was in the film noir, Shadow of a Woman. He then left the studio.As his acting career wound down, he became a vice-president of Hollywood mogul Joseph Schenck's company, Schenck Enterprises, in 1959; Schenck was his wife's uncle. He later went to work as producer with Robert L. Lippert Productions and then as president of Hand Enterprises Inc.Among Dantine's later screen appearances, there were three films for which he was the executive producer: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and The Killer Elite, both directed by Sam Peckinpah, and The Wilby Conspiracy. He was also in The Fifth Musketeer and Tarzan the Apeman.On 2 May 1982, Helmut Dantine died in Beverly Hills from a heart attack at age 63. According to one obituary, "He specialized in portrayals of Nazis, sometimes as the handsome but icy SS sadist battling Allied heroes, sometimes as a sympathetic German soldier forced, against his better judgment, to fight".

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | War | Thriller

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Movies with Helmut Dantine as Actor(28)

as Spanish Ambassador1979 The Fifth Musketeer
as Vorodny1975 The Killer Elite
as Prosecuting Counsel1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
as General Linz1965 Operation Crossbow
as Shvabrin1958 Tempest
as Lt. Hugo von Metzler1958 Fraulein
as Marc Antony1957 The Story of Mankind
as Lord Mewl1957 Kean: Genius or Scoundrel
as Paul Rigaud1957 Hell on Devil's Island
as Nectenabus1956 Alexander the Great
as Dolokhov1956 War and Peace
as The Stranger1954 Stranger from Venus
as Demetri Alexander1953 Guerrilla Girl
as Prince Hugo1953 Call Me Madam
as Michel Lacoste1947 Whispering City
as Dr. Eric Ryder1946 Shadow of a Woman
as Capt. Becker1945 Escape in the Desert
as Martin Richter1945 Hotel Berlin
as himself1944 Hollywood Canteen
as Young Man1943 Watch on the Rhine
as le colonel Hugo von Keller1943 Northern Pursuit
as Captain Koenig1943 Edge of Darkness
as Maj. Kamenev1943 Mission to Moscow
as Jan Brandel (uncredited)1942 Casablanca
as German Flyer1942 Mrs. Miniver
as Porter (uncredited)1940 Escape

TV Shows/Series with Helmut Dantine as Actor(13)

Movies with Helmut Dantine as Crew(3)

Production/Executive Producer1975 The Killer Elite
Production/Executive Producer1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Directing/Director1958 Thundering Jets

Full Name: Helmut Dantine
Born: Monday, 10/07 1918 (October) in Vienna / Wien (Austria)
Died: Sunday, 05/02 1982 (May) in Beverly Hills (aged: 63)
Zodiac sign: Libra (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Educated at: University of California, Los Angeles
Employer: Warner Bros.
Helmut Dantine frequently works together with these people:
Jack L. Warner (10x, Crew)
John Forsythe (9x, Actor)
John Carradine (8x, Actor)
Nina Foch (8x, Actress)
Edward Binns (8x, Actor)
Constance Ford (8x, Actress)
Murray Hamilton (7x, Actor)
Thomas Mitchell (7x, Actor)
John Hoyt (7x, Actor)
Everett Sloane (7x, Actor)
Margaret Hayes (7x, Actress)
Harry Townes (7x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:245778, Added: 08/07/2018, Last updated: 09/19/2021