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Helmut Dantine
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Actor
    (October 7, 1918-May 2, 1982)
    Born in Vienna, Austria
    Birth name was Helmut Guttman
    Appeared in the films ‘Mrs. Miniver’ (1942), ‘Casablanca’ (1942), ‘The Pied Piper’ (1942), ‘Edge of Darkness’ (1943), ‘Mission to Moscow’ (1943), ‘Watch on the Rhine’ (1943), ‘Northern Pursuit’ (1943), ‘Passage to Marseilles’ (1944), ‘Hollywood Canteen’ (1944), ‘Hotel Berlin’ (1945), ‘Escape in the Desert’ (1945), ‘Shadow of a Woman’ (1946), ‘Call Me Madam’ (1953), ‘War and Peace’ (1956), ‘Hell on Devil’s Island’ (1957), ‘Operation Crossbow’ (1965), ‘Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia’ (1974), ‘The Killer Elite’ (1975) and ‘The Fifth Musketeer’ (1979)
    Directed the film ‘Thundering Jets’ (1958)
    A Hollywood joke claimed that his name was German for ‘There is gum on your hat.’ (‘Helmet Dentyne,’ get it?)
    In the 1940s, he was typecast as Nazis.
    He was arrested after biting Ida Lupino’s assistant on the arm at a New Year’s party; charges were dropped after he apologized (1945).
    His second wife, the daughter of a Texas oil millionaire, divorced him claiming that he was after her father’s fortune.
    He was a member of an anti-fascist youth group in Vienna.
    After the Nazi annexation of Austria, he was imprisoned in a concentration camp (1938).
    After three months, he was released due to a combination of family influence (his father was head of the Austrian railway) and a doctor insisting that he needed medical treatment, and headed to America.
    He was spotted by a Warner Brothers talent scout while appearing at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Credit: C. Fishel


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