Walter Rilla

Walter Rilla

actor, director, writer

Walter Rilla was born on Aug 22, 1894 in Germany. Walter Rilla's big-screen debut came with Finances of the Grand Duke directed by F.W. Murnau in 1924, strarring Luis Hernandez. Walter Rilla is known for Day of Anger directed by Tonino Valerii, Lee Van Cleef stars as Frank Talby and Giuliano Gemma as Scott Mary. The most recent award Walter Rilla achieved is German Film Awards. The upcoming new movie Walter Rilla plays is The Devil Came from Akasava which will be released on Mar 05, 1971.

The tall, expressively-browed, rather stern-looking character actor Walter Rilla was educated at the University of Koenigsberg and first worked as a newspaper journalist, drama critic and story editor for the Berliner Theater. He acted on stage from 1921, making his screen debut the following year. He quickly established himself as a leading player in German and French films, often playing aristocratic roles, which demanded a certain amount of gravitas. Involved with leftist organisations and married to a Jewish wife, Rilla was inevitably forced to flee Nazi Germany for England in 1933.His breakthrough role in British films came courtesy of Alexander Korda, who was intent on casting him as Merle Oberon's brother Armand in Le chevalier de Londres (1934). This was followed by roles as Prince Ernest in Herbert Wilcox's period drama La reine Victoria (1937), and as the womanizing banker Roudine in Black Eyes (1939). Thereafter came a succession of villainous roles. Though a British citizen from 1940, Rilla was unable to escape typecasting -- much like his compatriots Conrad Veidt and Peter van Eyck -- and his career was henceforth delineated by playing racketeers (La salamandre d'or (1950)), Nazi propagandists (The Lisbon Story (1946)) and evil Eastern European potentates (Secret d'état (1950)).In addition to acting, Rilla sidelined as author of several BBC radio shows. Following his return to Germany in 1957, he began a new career behind the camera as writer/director of television plays. He also continued to act in just about anything, from prestige films (like Les confessions de Félix Krull (1957) and Mademoiselle Scampolo (1958)) to spaghetti westerns (Le dernier jour de la colère (1967)); from Edgar Wallace potboilers (Der Fälscher von London (1961)) to returning to his villainous ways as the evil genius Dr. Mabuse in several instalments of the popular franchise. In 1966, Rilla was awarded the prestigious Filmband in Gold for his service to the German film industry.

  • Birthday

    Aug 22, 1894
  • Place of Birth

    Neunkirchen, Germany

Known For


1 wins & 0 nominations

German Film Awards
For his continued outstanding individual contributions to the german film over the years.
Winner - Honorary Award

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