Werner Peters

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Werner Peters (foreground) (1918-1971) as Feldwebel Zumbusch in Operation Caviar (1961).

Werner Peters (July 7, 1918 - March 30, 1971) was a German theater and film actor and voice actor. He achieved great fame through his role as the opportunistic protagonist Diederich Heßling in the 1951 DEFA film classic Der Untertan - a film adaptation of Heinrich Mann's novel of the same name. At the beginning of his acting career, he appeared in several East German films. In the middle of the 50s, he moved to West Germany. There, he appeared in four Dr. Mabuse and four Edgar Wallace films, as well as in the 1961 Johannes Mario Simmel film Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein. But he also had roles in international film productions; like in the 1965 war movie Battle of the Bulge. Peters also found time to lend his distinctive voice as a dubbing artist to various actors in international films. In the 1963 dubbing of the classic The Third Man, he voiced Orson Welles. He also lent his voice to Rod Steiger, Walter Slezak, Mickey Shaughnessy, George C. Scott, Donald Pleasence, Van Heflin, Dan Duryea, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Carson and many others.

During the premiere tour for his last feature film Angels of Terror (Die Tote aus der Themse), he suffered a heart attack in Wiesbaden at the end of March 1971, from which he died at the age of 52.



Werner Peters can be seen using the following weapons in the following films and television series:

Film

Gun Character Title Note Date
Mauser Gewehr 1898 Diederich Heßling The Kaiser's Lackey 1951
Luger P08 Hauptmann Gottlieb Quadde Ernst Thälmann - Son of his Class 1954
Luger P08 Obersturmbannführer Gottlieb Quadde Ernst Thälmann - Leader of his Class 1955
Walther PPK Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1960
NHM Model 9 Clown Bobo The Invisible Dr. Mabuse 1962
Walther PPK Martin Droste The Invisible Dr. Mabuse 1962
Mauser Danzig Sporter Bertram Cody The Door with Seven Locks 1962
Sten Mk II
Ruby pistol Fabian Gilder The Black Abbot 1963
CZ 27 Fabian Gilder The Black Abbot 1963
Over and Under Rifle/Shotgun Fabian Gilder The Black Abbot 1963
CZ 27 Sergeant Meals The White Spider 1963
CZ 27 Inspector Vulpius Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard 1963
Garate El Tigre William Osbourne The Secret of the Black Widow On a photo; May be misidentified 1963
Arminius HW-1 Spedding The Curse of the Hidden Vault 1964
Walther PPK William Baxter Angels of Terror 1971


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