Oliver Tobias

Oliver Tobias Freitag (born 6 August 1947), known professionally as Oliver Tobias, is a Swiss-born UK-based film, stage, and television actor and director.[1]

Oliver Tobias
Oliver Tobias (1969)
Born
Oliver Tobias Freitag

(1947-08-06) 6 August 1947
Zürich, Switzerland
Years active1968 – present
Spouse(s)Arabella Zamoyska (2001 – present)

Biography

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, he is the son of the Austrian-Swiss actor Robert Freitag and the German actress Maria Becker. He came to the United Kingdom at the age of eight and trained at East 15 Acting School, London. In 1968, he appeared in the original London production of Hair, playing the prime rebel role of Berger.[2] The following year, he starred in, directed, and choreographed the rock opera in Amsterdam and, in 1970, directed a production in Tel Aviv.

Film career

Tobias's first role was in the feature film Romance of a Horsethief, co-starring with Yul Brynner, Serge Gainsbourg and Eli Wallach.[3] He then co-starred with Charlotte Rampling in the Jacobean tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, a film directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. He became popular as Arthur in the TV series Arthur of the Britons (1972). Peter Weir then directed him in the TV series Luke's Kingdom.[4]

Many other successful films followed, including The Stud in 1978 in which he co-starred with Joan Collins, helping to rekindle her career. In 1981, he starred in the British television series Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure, where he played the character Noll Bridger, a Colonial North American. Tobias also starred in Smuggler (1981) a children's drama series, set in Cornwall in 1801. Oliver also appeared as The Devil in the promotional video for Ultravox's 1982 hit "Hymn".

In 1991, Tobias starred alongside Charles Gray in the sci-fi movie "Firestar – First Contact" for Ice International Films. In 1996, Tobias played Rebecque, an aide to the Prince of Orange (Paul Bettany), in Sharpe's Waterloo. In 1998, he played Bassa Selim in Mozart in Turkey. In 2000, he starred in the West End musical La Cava. Three years later, he portrayed Percival Brown in the 50th-anniversary production of The Boy Friend and the next year toured in the rock musical Footloose. In 2005, he finished shooting the film An Airfield in England. He has been acting in a variety of roles for German and Swiss TV and has recently reprised the role of Bassa Selim in Mozart's Seraglio at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Italy. Tobias is famous for his voiceover work and was the narrator on the opening track of DJ Shadow's 2006 album The Outsider.

Personal life

In 2001, he married Arabella Zamoyska, with whom he has two boys.

Film and television

YearFilmRole
1969Arthur? Arthur!Peter 'Bobo' Jackson
1970Romance of a HorsethiefZanvill Kradnik
1971'Tis Pity She's a WhoreGiovanni
1973The God KingGeneral Miara
1978The StudTony Blake
1979Arabian AdventurePrince Hasan
1979A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareFoxy
1983The Wicked LadyKit Locksby
1986Operation Nam (Cobra Mission)Richard Wagner
1986Johann Strauss: The King Without a CrownJohann Strauss
1993Nexus
1994Broken Lullaby
1994VendettaColonel de Piemonte
1994Savage HeartsCountry Gent
1997BreedersPolice Lt. Moore
1997Darkness FallsThe Money Dealer
1998The Brylcreem BoysHans Jorg Wolff
1998Mozart in TurkeyBassa Selim
1999Grizzly FallsGenet
2003Half-EmptyLead
2003MethodTeddy
2005An Airfield in EnglandWriter/Director
2015Dad's ArmyWilhelm Canaris
YearTelevision SeriesRole
1972–1973Arthur of the BritonsKing Arthur
1974Luke's KingdomLuke Firbeck
1977Jesus of NazarethJoel
1980SmugglerJack Vincent
1985Robin of SherwoodBertrand de Nivelle
1985The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesCaptain Croker
1986Mountain Men: A Dangerous Kind of LoveMelchior Anderegg
1986AdventurerJack Vincent
1988Boon
1989Der Schattenspieler
1992–1993Flash - Der FotoreporterFlash
1992Glückliche ReiseGuest Star
1992DonauprinzessinRick Reimers
1993Das TraumschiffGuest Star
1993EurocopsCrook
1995The Knock IIAlan Montfort
1996Sharpe's WaterlooColonel Rebecque
1997Real WomenGuest Star
1998Klinik unter PalmenMexican Surgeon
1999Der BestsellerMiguel Gonzales
2002Holby City
2005Unter weißen SegelnYussuf Arazi
2006Mord in bester GesellschaftComissario Santa Cruz
2006AbschiedsmorgenFather
2008Hunkeler macht SachenThomas Garzoni

References

  1. Editorial Staff (4 February 2002). "20 Questions with Oliver Tobias". WhatsOnStage.com, Inc. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. Tobias, Oliver (7 January 2011). "Stage". Oliver Tobias – The Official Website. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  3. "Romance of a Horsethief (1971)". Turner Classic Movies. Time Warner Company. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. Luke's Kingdom. Australian Women's Weekly. 22 May 1974. p. 24. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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