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Oskar Werner

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Oskar Werner (November 13, 1922 - October 23, 1984) was an Austrian actor.

Born Oskar Josef Bschliessmayer in Vienna, he was an Austrian stage actor, starring in the William Shakespeare repertoire, until his film debut in Der Engel mit der Posaune in 1948. In 1951 he starred in the English language movie Decision Before Dawn, in which he played a German prisoner of war who spies for his captors.

In 1961 he starred in François Truffaut's Jules et Jim, and became an international star as a result. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1965 for Ship of Fools. Other starring roles were in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Fahrenheit 451, and The Shoes of the Fisherman. Werner also played the murderer opposite Peter Falk in an episode of the Columbo TV series entitled "Playback" (1975).

Sadly, his alcoholism resulted in the decline of his acting career and his early death, from a heart attack, in 1984.

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