Peter van Eyck

Biography

Date of Birth 16 July 1911, Steinwehr, Pomerania, Germany [now Kamienny Jaz, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland] Date of Death 15 July 1969, Zurich, Switzerland (blood infection) Birth Name Götz von Eick Mini Biography With his whitish blond crew-cut, slow, menacing drawl and Germanic manner, Van Eyck was destined to be typecast as stereotypically scowling, arrogant Nazi officers. This was ironic, because an an avowed anti-fascist, he had left Germany in 1931, two years before Hitler came to power. The son of an aristocratic Prussian land owner, his father had intended him to embark on a military career. Instead, Peter spent his education in Berlin, where he trained as a musician. In 1937, Van Eyck arrived in New York via Havana, Cuba, and became acquainted with the composer Aaron Copland. This led to a collaboration, as well as solo efforts, as composer and lyricist on a variety of songs for revue and cabaret. He also moonlighted as a pianist in bars and nightclubs. Around this time, he also began to work as a stage manager and arranger for Irving Berlin. Not afraid to try any job that came along, he tried his hand at driving a truck, and this, somehow, led him to Hollywood where he became a protege of the director Billy Wilder. Wilder prompted him to appear in front of the cameras. In 1943, Peter began a career in films, by this time as a naturalized American citizen. For the remainder of the decade, he had little to do but re-enact basically the same part of German officers and Gestapo henchmen in films like Five Graves to Cairo (1943) and Address Unknown (1944). After the war, Van Eyck returned to Germany, where he was ironically cast as an American officer in Hallo, Fräulein! (1949). He also appeared in the comedy 'Koenigskinder' ('Royal Children',1950,with Jenny Jugo), as yet another American. One of his best ever performances as an actor was in the role of Bimba, in Henri Georges Clouzot's high octane thriller The Wages of Fear (1953)("The wages of Fear"). Van Eyck played one of a group of daredevil truck drivers traversing an impenetrable South American jungle with a deadly load of nitroglycerin. There were other good roles: as the womanising Frenchman Fribert in Das Mädchen Rosemarie (1958); a police inspector investigating a famous murder in Dr. Crippen lebt (1958),aka 'Dr.Crippen lives'); a starring role as Paul Decker, who attempts the perfect murder of his wife in The Snorkel (1958); and one of two industrialist brothers in Helmut Kaeutner's Der Rest ist Schweigen (1959). In the 1960's, Peter Van Eyck appeared increasingly in unmemorable international co-productions. Having settled in Switzerland and maintaining a residence in Paris, he was ideally placed to alternate between French, English and German film roles. He was seen in three potboilers about the master criminal Dr.Mabuse, which were extremely popular in Germany. His best roles during this period were as the East German intelligence officer Mundt, who is the target of -The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)_; and as Colonel General von Brock in the absorbing war drama The Bridge at Remagen (1969), which was also his last film. Van Eyck died near Zuerich in Juli 1969 of septicemia, just short of his 58th birthday. Spouse Ruth Ford (1940 - 194?) (divorced) 1 child Inge von Voris (? - 15 July 1969) (his death) 2 children Trivia A music arranger for such luminaries as Irving Berlin before he started working in Hollywood as an actor, he also served as Berlin's stage manager and production assistant. He also was an assistant at one time for Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. Initially found radio work through the help of Billy Wilder. In his early days he also wrote cabaret revues and played piano at bars.

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Birth Name

Götz von Eick

Birth Place

Steinwehr, Pomerania, Germany [now Kamienny Jaz, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland]

Birth Date

7/16/1911

Death Date

7/15/1969
Known For
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Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse

Henry B. Travers

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The Snorkel

Paul Decker (as Peter Van Eyck)

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I raggi mortali del Dr. Mabuse

Maj. Bob Anders

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Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse

Major Bill Tern

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Shalako

Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Das Mädchen Rosemarie

Fribert

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Address Unknown

Heinrich Schulz (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Duell vor Sonnenuntergang

Don McGow

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Die 1000 Glotzböbbel vom Dr. Mabuse

Helmut Wurster (archive footage)

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Endstation 13 Sahara

Kramer (as Peter Van Eyck)

Starring In
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Die 1000 Glotzböbbel vom Dr. Mabuse

Helmut Wurster (archive footage)

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Clouzot - Meister des psychologischen Thrillers

Bimba (archive footage)

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The Bridge at Remagen

Gen. Von Brock (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Assignment to Kill

Walter Green

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Shalako

Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Heidi

Dr. Reboux

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Red Roses for the Fuhrer

Colonel Kerr

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L'homme qui valait des milliards

Muller

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Requiem for a Secret Agent

Oscar Rubeck

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Sechs Pistolen jagen Professor Z

Kramer / Jack Haskins

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The Secret Agents

Petchatkin

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Hans-Dieter Mundt (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Duell vor Sonnenuntergang

Don McGow

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Das Geheimnis der Lederschlinge

Captain McPherson

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I raggi mortali del Dr. Mabuse

Maj. Bob Anders

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Verführung am Meer

Peter

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Endstation 13 Sahara

Kramer (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse

Major Bill Tern

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Das große Liebesspiel

Chef

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The Longest Day

Lt. Col. Ocker (as Peter Van Eyck)

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The Devil's Agent

Georg Droste

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The Brain

Dr. Peter Corrie

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An einem Freitag um halb zwölf...

Bleck

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Unter Ausschluß der Öffentlichkeit

Staatsanwalt Dr. Robert Kessler

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Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse

Henry B. Travers

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Foxhole in Cairo

Count Almaszy

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Rommel ruft Kairo

Capt. Graf von Almassy

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Verbrechen nach Schulschluss

Dr. Knittel

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Geheimaktion Schwarze Kapelle

Robert Golder

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Abschied von den Wolken

Kapitän Pink Roberti

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Labyrinth der Leidenschaften

Ron Stevens

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Der Rest ist Schweigen

Generaldirektor Paul Claudius

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The Snorkel

Paul Decker (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Das Mädchen Rosemarie

Fribert

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Dr. Crippen lebt

Kriminalkommissar Léon Ferrier

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Everybody Wants to Kill Me

Cyril Gad (as Peter Van Eyck)

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The Glass Tower

Autor John Lawrence

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Le feu aux poudres

Pédro Wassevitch

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Luzifers Tochter

Eric Fréminger

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Attack

SS Captain (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Run For The Sun

Dr. Van Anders / Col. Wilham Von Andre

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Mr. Arkadin

Thaddeus

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A Bullet for Joey

Eric Hartman

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Tarzan's Hidden Jungle

Dr. Celliers

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The Rawhide Years

Andre Boucher

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Jump Into Hell

Lt. Heinrich Heldman

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Night People

Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine

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Le Grand Jeu

Fred

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The Wages of Fear

Bimba (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Sailor of the King

Kapitan von Falk (as Peter Van Eyck)

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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

German officer (uncredited)

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Königskinder

Paul König

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Epilog: Das Geheimnis der Orplid

Steward Stefan Lund

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The Impostor

Hafner

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Action in the North Atlantic

German Ensign (uncredited)

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Address Unknown

Heinrich Schulz (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Resisting Enemy Interrogation

Capt. Granach - Young Nazi Officer (uncredited)

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Hitler's Madman

Gestapo (uncredited)

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Five Graves to Cairo

Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)

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Edge of Darkness

German Soldier (uncredited)

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The Moon is Down

Lt. Tonder

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Hitler's Children

Arresting Sergeant (uncredited)

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