John Wengraf

John Wengraf

  • Born on
    • April 23rd, 1897
  • Died on
    • May 4th, 1974
Emigrating to England in 1933 as the Nazis began their rise to power, Wengraf appeared unbilled in a couple of films there, as well as in some of the first BBC live-television shows ever presented but his career began to languish. In late 1941, however, he had the good fortune of appearing on Broadway with Helen Hayes in "Candle in the Wind" and decided to stay. The following year he headed west and settled permanently in the Los Angeles area. A dark, cold-eyed, thin-lipped player with a precise, meticulous air about him, he found himself invariably playing the very characters he detested. Some of his more nefarious nasties surfaced in such films as the Humphrey Bogart classic Sahara (1943/I), as well as The Boy from Stalingrad (1943), U-Boat Prisoner (1944) and Till We Meet Again (1944). In postwar years, he was often spotted portraying ethnic professionals (scientists, doctors, professors, foreign royalty). Some of the more quality pictures he enhanced were Tomorrow Is Forever (1946); Count Von Papen in 5 Fingers (1952); and Ronchin in the Ethel Merman musical Call Me Madam (1953). Although Wengraf never made it to the very top of the Hollywood character ranks, he remained a throughly strong and reliable player. In the 1950s and 1960s he transferred his talents to TV, appearing on a number of dramatic showcases and on such popular programs as "The Untouchables" (1959), "Hawaiian Eye" (1959), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964) and "The Time Tunnel" (1966). His last few films included minor roles in the war-themed Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Hitler (1962) and Ship of Fools (1965). He retired in 1966, and died in Santa Barbara, California, at age 77, on May 4, 1974.

Starring John Wengraf on Plex

  • Sahara
    Major von Falken


Acting (21 Credits)

1965Ship of Fools as Graf
1963The Prize as Hans Eckhart
1961Judgment at Nuremberg as Karl Wieck
196012 to the Moon as Dr. Erich Heinrich
1960Portrait in Black as Dr. Kessler
1958The Return of Dracula as John Merriman
1957The Pride and the Passion as Sermaine
1956Never Say Goodbye as Prof. Zimmelman
1954Gog as Dr. Zeitman
1954Hell and High Water as Col. Schuman (uncredited)
1953The French Line as Commodore Renard
19525 Fingers as Count Franz Von Papen
1948Wake of the Red Witch as Prosecuting Attorney
1947T-Men as 'Shiv' Triano
1946Tomorrow Is Forever as Dr. Ludwig
1946The Razor's Edge as Joseph - Gray & Isabel's Butler
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as Alex
1944The Seventh Cross as Overkamp
1943Sahara as Major von Falken
1943Mission to Moscow as Polish Ambassador Grzybowski (uncredited)
1940Night Train to Munich as KL Physician (uncredited)

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