Friedrich von Ledebur

Friedrich von Ledebur

  • Born on
    • June 3rd, 1900
  • Died on
    • December 25th, 1986
Friedrich Anton Maria Hubertus Bonifacius Graf von Ledebur-Wicheln (June 3, 1900 – December 25, 1986) was an actor who was known for Moby Dick (1956), Alexander the Great (1955) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Ledebur was born in Nisko, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Poland) in 1900. Friedrich enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Army in 1916, and was an officer in the Austrian Cavalry Division during the last years of World War I. In the 1930s Ledebur became a close friend of Charles Bedaux, with whom he traveled extensively in Africa and Canada. After the war, Ledebur spent the next two decades travelling the world, working all manner of odd jobs from gold mining to deep sea diving, to riding and winning prize money at rodeos. Ledebur settled in the United States in 1939 and anglicised his name to 'Frederick'. A close friendship with fellow adventurer and director John Huston, gave Ledebur his entrée to character acting. In 1945, von Ledebur made his film debut. He later appeared in Alexander the Great (1955), and played chief harpooneer Queequeg, a South Sea chieftain, in the film Moby Dick (1956). "Better a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian", Herman Melville's Ishmael famously says of Queequeg in the book and the film. He appeared as Brother Christophorus in The Twilight Zone episode "The Howling Man". Source: Article "Friedrich von Ledebur" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.


Acting (21 Credits)

1986Ginger & Fred as l’amiral Aulenti
1979Bloodline as Innkeeper
1977Sorcerer as 'Carlos'
1975A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe as Don Felipe
1972Slaughterhouse-Five as German Leader
1969The Christmas Tree as Vernet
1967Reflections in a Golden Eye as Lieutenant at Garden Party (uncredited)
1966The Blue Max as Feldmarschall von Lenndorf
1965Juliet of the Spirits as Medium
1965Treasure of the Aztecs as Count Don Fernando di Rodriganda y Sevilla
1964The Yellow One as Mübarek
1964The Fall of the Roman Empire as Barbarian (uncredited)
1961Barabbas as Officer (as Frederich Ledebur)
1960A Breath of Scandal as le comte Sandor
1957The 27th Day as Dr. Karl Neuhaus
1957Voodoo Island as Native Chief
1956Moby Dick as Queequeg
1956Alexander the Great as Antipater (as Friedrich Ledebur)
1949The Great Sinner as Casino Secretary (as Frederick Ledebur)
1946Notorious as Knerr
1945A Royal Scandal as Russian General (uncredited)

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