Fred Cavens

Frédéric Adolphe Cavens (born Lacken, Belgium 30 August 1882; died Woodland Hills, California 30 April 1962) was a Belgian-born fencing master who emigrated to Hollywood and worked as an actor, stuntman and fencing master from the silent film era, then in television.[1][2] He trained Jean Peters in the film Anne of the Indies (1951) and Guy Williams in the television role of "Zorro".



Director (feature film)

Cast (feature film)

Dance (feature film)

  • The Three Musketeers (1935) as Dance arr.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

  • Queen Christina (1933) as Sword fight staging by
  • Cardinal Richelieu (1935) as Research dir
  • Romeo and Juliet (1936) as Created and staged duels and sword fights
  • Tower of London (1939) as Fencing instructor
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) as Fencing dir.
  • The Black Swan (1942) as Fencing instructor
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) as Fencing instructor
  • Don Ricardo Returns (1946) as Fencing instructor
  • Forever Amber (1947) as Technical Advisor
  • The Black Arrow (1948) as Fencing master
  • Bagdad (1949) as Technical Advisor
  • Adventures of Don Juan (1949) as Fencing instructor
  • Buccaneer's Girl (1950) as Fencing instructor
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1951) as Fencing master
  • Anne of the Indies (1951) as Jean Peters' fencing instructor
  • Lydia Bailey (1952) as Fencing instructor.
  • Dreamboat (1952) as Clifton Webb's fencing instructor
  • Son of Ali Baba (1952) as Fencing coach
  • The Mississippi Gambler (1953) as Fencing tech adv.
  • The Robe (1953) as Fencing instructor
  • Casanova's Big Night (1954) as Supv of dueling scenes
  • The Vagabond King (1956) as Technical Advisor


  1. Evelyn Mack Truitt Who was who on screen 1977 -- Page 75 "CAVENS, FRED (Frederic Adolphe Cavens) Born: Aug. 30, 1882, Belgium. Died: Apr. 30, 1962, Woodland Hills, Calif. (uremia). Screen actor, stuntman and fencing master. Appeared in: 1922 The Three-Must-Get-Theres, 1927 King of Kings.
  2. Eugene Michael Vazzana Silent film necrology 2001 Page 85 Cavens, Fred [actor/fencing master] (ni Frederic Adolphe Cavens, b. Belgium, 30 Aug 1882-30 Apr 1962 [79], Woodland Hills CA; uremic poisoning). "Fred Cavens," Variety, 9 May 1962, p. 87. AS, p. 216. BHD1, p. 98. IFN, p. 51. Fred Cavens ...
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