Rik Van Nutter

Rik Van Nutter (May 1, 1929 October 15, 2005) was an American actor who appeared in many minor films and the James Bond picture Thunderball.

Rik Van Nutter
Frederick Allen Nutter

(1929-05-01)May 1, 1929
DiedOctober 15, 2005(2005-10-15) (aged 76)
Years active1959–1979
Spouse(s)Anita Ekberg (1963-1975)


He is best known for playing the third version of Felix Leiter in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). He also had a role alongside Peter Ustinov in Romanoff and Juliet (1968), and his later films included Foxbat (1977) with Henry Silva and Vonetta McGee and the Jim Brown WW2 adventure Pacific Inferno (1979).

Personal life

Van Nutter was married to film actress Anita Ekberg from 1963 until 1975. They lived in Spain and Switzerland and started a shipping business together.[1]


Van Nutter died on October 15, 2005 at the age of 76.


Year Title Role Notes
1959Guardatele ma non toccateleCharlie
1959Uncle Was a VampireVictorUncredited
1960Space-MenRay Peterson (IZ41)
1960The Passionate Thief
1960Some Like It ColdGerman Officer
1961Romanoff and JulietFreddie
1962Tharus Son of AttilaOto
1965The Revenge of IvanhoeIvanhoe
1965Aventuras del OesteBuffalo Bill Cody
1965ThunderballFelix Leiter
1966A Stroke of 1000 MillionsFraser
1967Dynamite JoeAgent Joe Ford
1979Pacific InfernoDennis(final film role)


  1. "Anita Ekberg - obituary". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
Preceded by
Cec Linder
Felix Leiter actor
Succeeded by
Norman Burton

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