Thursday, March 8, 2012

80 British and American Actors Who Have Played Nazis, or Nazi-Era Germans

                                                                   Top: Cruise, Chaplin, Duvall
                                                              Bottom: Gibson, Brando, Guinness

Note: Most of these characters are Nazis but there are also German Jews and German anti-Nazis included here.

I say 'British and American Actors' though in fact there are one or two Canadians and Irish as well.

1.         Alec Guinness - Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) (as Hitler)
2.         Anthony Hopkins - The Bunker (1981) (as Hitler)
3.         Anthony Quayle - Ice Cold in Alex (1958) Operation Crossbow (1965) The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
4.         Bill Nighy - Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) Valkyrie (2008)
5.         Burt Lancaster - Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
6.         Charles Durning - To Be or Not to Be (1983)
7.         Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator (1940)
8.         Charlotte Rampling - The Damned (1969) The Night Porter (1974)
9.         Christopher Lee - Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)
10.       Christopher Lloyd - To Be or Not to Be (1983)
11.       Christopher Plummer - The Night of the Generals (1967) (as Rommel)
12.       Clive Brook - Freedom Radio (1941)
13.       Clive Owen - Bent (1997)
14.       Colin Firth - Conspiracy (2001)
15.       David Morrissey - Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
16.       David Thewlis - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
17.       David Warner - Cross of Iron (1977) Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) (as Heydrich)
18.       Dirk Bogarde - The Damned (1969) The Night Porter (1974)
19.       Donald Pleasance - The Night of the Generals (1967) The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
20.       Donald Sutherland - Eye of the Needle (1981)
21.       Ed Harris - Enemy at the Gates (2001)
22.       Eddie Izzard - Valkyrie (2008)
23.       Eric Portman - 49th Parallel (1941)
24.       Faye Dunaway - Voyage of the Damned (1976)
25.       Gabriel Byrne - The Keep (1983)
26.       Gregory Peck - The Boys from Brazil (1978) (as Mengele)
27.       Harvey Keitel - The Grey Zone (2001)
28.       Henry Gibson - The Blues Brothers (1980) (as an American Nazi)
29.       Hugo Weaving - Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
30.       Ian McKellen - Bent (1997) Apt Pupil (1998)
31.       James Coburn - Cross of Iron (1977)
32.       James Donald - Went the Day Well? (1942)
33.       James Mason - The Desert Fox (1951) The Desert Rats (1953) (as Rommel in both films) Cross of Iron (1977) The Boys from Brazil (1978)
34.       Jason Isaacs  - Good (2008)
35.       Jessica Tandy - The Desert Fox (1951)
36.       John Carradine - Hitler’s Madmen (1943) (as Heydrich)
37.       John Cusack - Max (2002)
38.       Judy Garland - Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
39.       Kate Winslet - The Reader (2008)
40.       Kenneth Branagh - Conspiracy (2001) Valkyrie (2008)
41.       Kenneth Mars - The Producers (1968)
42.       Kevin Bacon - X Men: First Class (2011)
43.       Laurence Olivier - Marathon Man (1976)
44.       Liam Neeson - Shining Through (1992)
45.       Liev Schreiber - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
46.       Linda Hamilton - Silent Night (2002)
47.       Malcolm McDowell - The Passage (1979)
48.       Mark Strong  - Good (2008)
49.       Marlon Brando - The Young Lions (1958)
50.       Matthew Modine - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
51.       Michael Caine - The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
52.       Michael Elphick - Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) (as Ernst Rohm)
53.       Mick Jagger - Bent (1997)
54.       Nick Nolte - Mother Night (1996) (as an American Nazi)
55.       Noah Taylor - Max (2002) (as Hitler)
56.       Orson Welles - The Stranger (1946)
57.       Paul Scofield - The Train (1964)
58.       Peter Cushing - Shock Waves (1977)
59.       Peter Finch - The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
60.       Peter O’Toole - The Night of the Generals (1967)
61.       Peter Sellers - Dr Strangelove (1964) Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974)
62.       Ralph Fiennes - Schindler’s List (1993)
63.       Richard Basehart - Hitler (1962) (as Hitler)
64.       Richard Jordan - The Bunker (1981) (as Albert Speer)
65.       Robert Carlyle - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) (as Hitler)
66.       Robert Duvall - The Eagle Has Landed (1977) The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) (as Eichmann)
67.       Robert Shaw - Battle of the Bulge (1965)
68.       Robert Vaughn - The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
69.       Roger Moore - Escape to Athena (1979)
70.       Sig Ruman - To Be or Not To Be (1942)
71.       Stanley Tucci - Conspiracy (2001)
72.       Stockard Channing - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
73.       Terence Stamp - Valkyrie (2008)
74.       Tom Courtenay - The Night of the Generals (1967)
75.       Tom Cruise - Valkyrie (2008)
76.       Tom Wilkinson - Valkyrie (2008)
77.       Vera Farmiga - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
78.       Viggo Mortensen  - Good (2008)
79.       Will Ferrell - The Producers (2005)
80.       Willem Dafoe - Adam Resurrected (2008)


Honorable Mention  Those who have worn World War Two German uniforms as a disguise include :

Harrison Ford - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Jack Benny - To Be or Not To Be (1942)
Michael Fassbender(speaking excellent German) - Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood - Where Eagles Dare (1967)

Note The one example I could find of the opposite situation - a German actor played an Allied officer - was Curt Jurgens in Bitter Victory (1957) (he plays a South African)

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