Karel Stepanek

Place of birth:
Brünn, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Brno, Czech Republic]:
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).


The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway (2003)
The Games (1970)
as Kubitsek
The File of the Golden Goose (1969)
as Mueller
Before Winter Comes (1969)
as Count Kerassy
Jerry Cotton - Der Mörderclub von Brooklyn (1967)
as Dyers
The Frozen Dead (1966)
as General Lubeck
Sperrbezirk (1966)
as Inspector Wagner
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
as Hartmuller
Licensed to Kill (1965)
as Henrik Jacobsen
Operation Crossbow (1965)
as Prof. Hoffer
Devil Doll (1964)
as Dr. Heller
Aufstand der Gehorsamen (1963)
as Jawor Stranski
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
as Admiral Lutjens - 'Bismarck'
Anastasia (1956)
as Mikhail Vlados
The Man in the Road (1956)
as Dmitri Balinkev
The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)
as Assistant Gestapo Officer
Dangerous Cargo (1954)
as Pliny
Tale of Three Women (1954)
as Alfred Dykemann (segment "Final Twist' story)
Rough Shoot (1953)
as Diss
Never Let Me Go (1953)
as Commissar
City Beneath the Sea (1953)
as Dwight Trevor
Affair in Trinidad (1952)
as Walters
Walk East on Beacon! (1952)
as Alexi Laschenkov / Gregory Anders
The Third Visitor (1951)
as Richard Carling
State Secret (1950)
as Dr. Revo
Cairo Road (1950)
as Edouardo Pavlis
The Third Man (1949)
as Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
Conspirator (1949)
as Radek
The Fallen Idol (1948)
as First Secretary
Broken Journey (1948)
as Swiss Officer (uncredited)
The Captive Heart (1946)
as Forster
Escape to Danger (1943)
as Franz von Brinkman
They Met in the Dark (1943)
as Riccardo
Tomorrow We Live (1943)
as Seitz
Secret Mission (1942)
as Major Lang
Der Florentiner Hut (1939)
as Felix, Diener bei Farina
War es der im 3. Stock? (1939)
as Georg Kilby
Narren im Schnee (1938)
as Rolf Pinkenkötter
Die Fledermaus (1937)
as Attaché Baranoff / Orlovsky
Die Unbekannte (1936)
as Manager at Regina's
Der Außenseiter (1935)
as Otto Burian
Hermine und die sieben Aufrechten (1935)
as Ruckstuhl
Walzerkrieg (1933)
Ein Lied für Dich (1933)
as Theo Bruckner
Spione im Savoy-Hotel (1932)
as Jackson
Fünf von der Jazzband (1932)
as Jean
Allo Berlin? Ici Paris! (1932)
as Max

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