A page from an autograph album signed by Anton Diffring, the German character actor known for his portrayal of German officers and aristocrats in many film and TV appearances. He fled Germany in the 1930s to escape Nazi persecution for his homosexuality, and after a move to England in the 1950s his film career took off. Diffring's blonde hair, blue eyes and chiseled features saw him often cast as villainous German officers - such as in Albert R.N. (1953) and The Colditz Story (1955). Some of his more notable roles as German characters were in The Heroes of Telemark (1965), The Blue Max (1966), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Operation Daybreak (1975) (as SS officer Reinhard Heydrich) and the match commentator in Escape to Victory (1981). In 1983 he played Hitler's foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in the American mini-series The Winds of War. He also starred in a number of horror films, such as The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) and Circus of Horrors (1960).
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