David Bauer (actor)

David Bauer (6 March 1917 13 July 1973) was an American actor, a Chicagoan, who was based primarily in Britain.

David Bauer
Born(1917-03-06)6 March 1917
Died13 July 1973(1973-07-13) (aged 56)
London, England
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1958–1973
Spouse(s)Stella Tanner (m. 1960) (1 child)

Early life

He was chosen as the most promising actor at Washington University and his professional career began immediately after graduating. Plays in which he appeared included A Sound of Hunting, The Inspector General, Volpone, The Iceman Cometh and Children of Darkness. He appeared as Doc in the London stage production of West Side Story at Her Majesty's Theatre. Though born in the United States, he left his native country due to McCarthyism and settled in Britain.


He appeared in The Baron, The Champions (where he provided opening narration for each episode), The Avengers, Department S, Gideon's Way, Jason King, The Prisoner, The Protectors, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Saint, and Strange Report.

He appeared in films such as Patton, Inspector Clouseau, Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

In light of his reasons for leaving the United States for Britain, "Living in Harmony", the episode of The Prisoner in which he appeared as The Judge/Number Two, was banned in the series' original run on American television, supposedly due to drug use but more likely because of the political commentary on the Vietnam War that could be read into the episode.

Personal life

Bauer was married to British actress Stella Tanner until his death in 1973.[1]

Credits confusion

Bauer worked in Hollywood under the name David Wolfe until being blacklisted. As a result, the Internet Movie Database and other online sources confuse many of his film credits with those of another David Wolfe (1915-1994). The "David Wolfe" who appears in The Undercover Man, Where The Sidewalk Ends, Salt of the Earth and other Hollywood films of the period is in fact David Bauer.


Year Title Role Notes
1962Flat TwoEmil louba
1963Live It Up!Mark Watson
1964Man in the MiddleColonel Mayburt
1964Walk a TightropeEd
1965The Spy Who Came in from the ColdYoung JudgeUncredited
1967The Double ManAndrew Miller
1967You Only Live TwiceAmerican DiplomatUncredited
1967Danger RouteBennett
1967Torture GardenMike Charles(segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
1968Dark of the SunAdams(UK title: The Mercenaries)
1968Inspector ClouseauPolice Chief Geffrion
1969Crooks and CoronetsJack
1969The Royal Hunt of the SunVillac Umu
1970PattonLieutenant General Harry Buford
1971Fun and GamesGribney
1971Diamonds Are ForeverMorton Slumber
1972Endless NightUncle Frank
1974Road MovieHarry(final film role)


  1. Baker, Richard Anthony (2012-04-18). "Stella Tanner". The Stage. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
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