Helmut Dantine (7 October 1917 – 2 May 1982) was an Austrian-born American actor who often played Nazis in thriller films of the 1940s. In his best-known performance, the Vienna-born actor appeared uncredited in Casablanca as a desperate refugee gambling to obtain visa money for himself and his wife. As his acting career waned, he turned to producing.
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==Helmut Dantine== Actor - ===Born=== October 7, 1918 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
===Died=== May 2, 1982 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (massive coronary)
===Birth Name=== Helmut Guttman
===Height=== 6' (1.83 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Actor/director/producer Helmut Dantine was born in Vienna, Austria on October 7, 1917. He made a name for himself as an actor during World War Two playing German soldiers and Nazi villains in Hollywood films, most notably in Mrs. Miniver (1942). The young Dantine was a fervent anti-fascist/anti-Nazi activist in Vienna. As a leader in the anti-Nazi youth movement the 19-year old was summarily rounded up and imprisoned at the Rosserlaende concentration camp. Family influence persuaded a physician to grant him a medical release that June and he was immediately sent to Los Angeles to stay with the only friend they had in America. Dantine joined the Pasadena Playhouse, where he was spotted by a Warner Bros. talent scout who was struck by Dantine's dark good looks. Signed to a Warner's contract, he appeared in a variety of films after making his debut as a Nazi in International Squadron (1941) starring Ronald Reagan. He played supporting, second lead and eventually, lead roles in such films as Casablanca (1942) (where he was the newlywed who gambles away his visa money), Edge of Darkness (1943) (his first lead), the infamous Mission to Moscow (1943) and Passage to Marseille (1944). Two of his best films came on loan-out from Warners in 1942: Ernst Lubitsch's comic masterpiece To Be or Not to Be (1942) and William Wyler's Oscar-winning Mrs. Miniver (1942). Dantine directed the the unsuccessful Thundering Jets (1958). His wife, Niki Dantine, was the daughter of Loew's president Nicholas Schenck, the overall boss of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- ostensibly the most powerful man in Hollywood since 1927. After Schenck was forced out of Loew's, the wily old movie veteran formed his own production and distribution company. In 1959, Dantine's acting career was on the wane and his attempt to become a director a relative failure, he became a producer. He was appointed vice-president of his father-in-law's Schenck Enterprises, eventually becoming president of the company in 1970. Dantine produced three minor Sam Peckinpah films in the mid-1970s, including Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) and The Killer Elite (1975) in both of which,he had small supporting roles. Helmut Dantine died on May 2, 1982, at age 63, in Beverly Hills after suffering a massive heart attack. His body was interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
[[Niki Dantine]] (2 January 1958 - 2 May 1982) (his death) (3 children) Dita, Nicola and Shelley.
[[Charlene Stafford Wrightsman]] (1947 - 1950) (divorced) (1 child) M1. Dana Wrightsman Dantine (17 July 1948)
[[Gwen Anderson]] (1940 - 17 September 1943) (divorced)
===Trivia (6)=== 1. His father was the head of the Austrian railway system. 2. Before 1938 he was the leader of an anti-Nazi youth movement in Vienna. When the Germans took over, he was put in a concentration camp for 3 months, after which his parents quickly sent him to live with an American friend. They later died in a concentration camp. 3. His interview on Mutual Broadcasting Network was interrupted when Nazi Germany surrendered. 4. Making fun of the actor's name in the 1940's, a popular joke was to say that "Helmut Dantine" was a German phrase meaning "You have chewing gum on your hat." Dentyne was, and still is, a popular American brand of chewing gum. 5. Son with Wrightsman: Dana Wrightsman Dantine (17 July 1948). 6. Sam Peckinpah dedicated his last film, "The Osterman Weekend", to Dantine; it appeared the year after the actor's death.
===Personal life=== Before graduating from UCLA, he married fellow theater student [[Gwen Anderson]]; they divorced in 1943.
===He was in a car accident in 1943===. In January 1945 he was arrested for biting Ida Lupino's assistant on the arm during a New Year's Eve party, but was released after apologising.
===He became an American citizen in April 1944===.
===In 1947===, he married [[Charlene Stafford Wrightsman]] (1927–1963), the younger daughter of [[Charles Bierer Wrightsman]], an oil millionaire whose collection of French furniture and decorative arts fills several galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The couple had a son, [[Dana Wrightsman Dantine]], before divorcing in 1950. His ex-wife claimed Dantine was after her father's money.
===In 1958===, Dantine married [[Nicola Schenck]], daughter of [[Nicholas Schenck]], one of the founders of Loews. His wife acted under the name [[Niki Dantine]]; the couple had three children: Dita, Nicola and Shelley. In 1971, Helmut and Niki Dantine were divorced.
===Death=== On 2 May 1982, Helmut Dantine died in Beverly Hills from a heart attack at the age of 63.
Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
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