Stephen Bekassy

Stephen Bekassy, born István Békássy in Nyíregyháza, Hungary (February 10, 1907 – October 30, 1995), was a Hungarian-born American film actor.

Stephen Bekassy
Stephen Bekassy (center)
Békássy István

(1907-02-10)February 10, 1907
DiedOctober 30, 1995(1995-10-30) (aged 88)
Other namesIstvan Bekassy
Years active1930–1964
Spouse(s)Teri Fejes
Lívia Neufeld
Beverly Violet Bidwell
Erika Beregi
Hanna Hertelendy

He married to Teri Fejes in 1931, but divorced in 1933. In 1936 he married to Lívia Neufeld, but as well divorced soon in 1938.

Bekassy immigrated to the US, where he eventually married Beverly Violet Bidwell (1905 - 1971) on October 8, 1941 in Carson City, Nevada. In 1969 he married to Erika Beregi. He subsequently married Hanna Hertelendy (1919–2008), the widow of actor Robert Walker.

Bekassy's American stage debut came in Errand for Berenice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1944. His American film debut was in A Song to Remember (1945).[1]

He appeared in films such as Hell and High Water and Prisoner of War in 1954.[2] On television he made two guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1958 he played art expert Laslo Kovac in "The Case of the Purple Woman," and in 1959 he played murder victim Rick Stassi in "The Case of the Bartered Bikini."


Year Title Role Notes
1930Kacagó asszony
1934Lila akácCharlie
1935A csúnya lányMiklós,Éva bátyja
1936Barátságos arcot kérekTibor
1937Tales of BudapestFeri, Annie öccse
1945A Song to RememberFranz Liszt
1948Arch of TriumphAlex
1949Black MagicViscount de Montagne
1951Secrets of Monte CarloOtto Von Herzen
1951Ten Tall MenLieutenant Kruger
1952Woman of the North CountryAndre Duclos
1952The PathfinderCol. Brasseau
1953Fair Wind to JavaLieutenant
1954Hell and High WaterNeuman
1954Prisoner of WarLt. Georgi M. Robovnik
1955The RacersRace OfficialUncredited
1955Interrupted MelodyComte Claude des Vignaux
1955The Purple MaskBaron De Morleve
1956SerenadeRussell HansonUncredited
1957Calypso JoeRico Vargas
1958The Young LionsGerman MajorUncredited
1958The Light in the ForestCol. Henry Bouquet
1960Beyond the Time BarrierGen. Karl Kruse
1960PepeJewelry SalesmanUncredited
1961Bachelor FlatPaul Probest - ArtistUncredited
1962Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseColonel Kleinsdorf


  1. Monahan, Kaspar (December 12, 1944). "Show Shops". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 18. Retrieved August 13, 2018 via
  2. Celluloid wars: a guide to film and the American experience of war. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1992. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-313-26099-5. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
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