18 Facts About Oskar Werner


Oskar Werner was an Austrian stage and cinema actor whose prominent roles include two 1965 films, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Ship of Fools.


Oskar Werner won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, and had been nominated several times for the Golden Globe, the Academy Award as well as the BAFTA Award.


Oskar Werner was the youngest person to receive this recognition.


Oskar Werner made his theatre debut using the stage name Oskar Werner in October 1941.


In December 1941, Oskar Werner was drafted into the Deutsche Wehrmacht.


Oskar Werner was assigned to peeling potatoes and cleaning latrines instead of being sent to the Eastern Front.


Oskar Werner returned to the Burgtheater and acted in productions at the Raimund Theater and the Theater in der Josefstadt, frequently playing character roles.


Oskar Werner made his film debut in Der Engel mit der Posaune, directed by Karl Hartl, in 1948.


In 1950, Oskar Werner journeyed to the United Kingdom to reprise the role he had played in Der Engel mit der Posaune in its English-language version The Angel with the Trumpet, directed by Anthony Bushell.


Oskar Werner appeared in a few more German-Austrian films before going to Hollywood for a lead role in the 20th Century Fox war film Decision Before Dawn.


Oskar Werner returned to the stage and performed in Hamlet, Danton's Death, Henry IV, Henry V, Torquato Tasso, and Becket.


Oskar Werner played an orchestra conductor in Interlude and a Vatican priest loosely based on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in The Shoes of the Fisherman in 1968.


Oskar Werner appeared in the episode of Columbo titled "Playback" in 1975, and the following year made his final screen appearance in Voyage of the Damned, for which he received another Golden Globe nomination.


Oskar Werner had an uncredited role as an SS Officer in the 1974 film The Odessa File.


In 1944, while serving in the Wehrmacht, Oskar Werner secretly married actress Elisabeth Kallina, who was half Jewish.


From 1965 to 1969, Oskar Werner was in a relationship with Diana Bennett Wanger, daughter of actress Joan Bennett, and they had one son, Felix Florian Oskar Werner, born 1966.


Oskar Werner was an alcoholic, which contributed heavily to the decline of his health and career.


Oskar Werner was found dead of a heart attack the following morning, at 61.