Otto Waldis

Otto Waldis (May 20, 1901 – March 25, 1974) was an Austrian-American character actor in films and television during the 1930s through the 1960s.

Otto Waldis
Born(1901-05-20)May 20, 1901
DiedMarch 25, 1974(1974-03-25) (aged 72)

Early life and career

Waldis was born Otto Glucksmann-Blum in 1901 in Vienna, where he began his acting career in the 1920s. He made his film debut (billed as Otto Wernicke) in director Fritz Lang's classic thriller M (1931) starring Peter Lorre. Waldis became a familiar character actor often appearing in B movies and his roles were sometimes uncredited. He also appeared regularly on television during the 1950s and '60s. Waldis also occasionally acted on stage. Some of his film credits include:

The Exile (1947), Call Northside 777 (1948), Berlin Express (1948), The Fighting O'Flynn (1949), The Lovable Cheat (1949), Love Happy (1949), Border Incident (1949), Bagdad (1949), Dark City (1950), Bird of Paradise (1951), Night Into Morning (1951), Secrets of Monte Carlo (1951), The Whip Hand (1951), Unknown World (1951), 5 Fingers (1951), Anything Can Happen (1952), The Black Castle (1952), Rogue's March (1953), The Stars Are Singing (1953), Rebel City (1953), Knock on Wood (1954), Sincerely Yours (1955), Artists and Models (1955), Running Wild (1955), Desert Sands (1955), Man from Del Rio (1956), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), Pier 5, Havana (1959) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), among others. Waldis also made several guest appearances on television including roles in My Little Margie, The Adventures of Superman, General Electric Theater, Lassie, Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Playhouse 90, Have Gun - Will Travel, The Untouchables, 77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, Lawman, Ben Casey, Hogan's Heroes, Mannix and Gomer Pyle, USMC[1]

Waldis died of a heart attack in 1974 at the age of 72.

Selected filmography


  1. Bruce Eder. "Otto Waldis". AllMovie. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
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