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Bettger, Lyle

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 2003 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors


1915 - Born on the 13th of February in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a character actor known most for his Hollywood roles from the 1950s, typically portraying villains.

1940 - Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and after a period languishing in small-time theatre he landed the lead role in the Broadway production of The Flying Gerardos.

1950 - His movie career began when he was cast as the lead in the Film noir No Man of Her Own.

         - He developed a reputation for playing the bad guy and excelled in villainous roles such as the menacing Joe Beacom in Union Station and the cold-blooded Nazi Chief Officer Kirchner in The Sea Chase, a role which exploited his aryan appearance.

1952 - He is perhaps most recognisable as the wrathfully jealous elephant handler Klaus from the Oscar winning film The Greatest Show on Earth.

         - He soon became a regular on the set of Westerns such as Denver and Rio Grande, The Great Sioux Uprising, Drums Across the River, The Lone Ranger and Gunfight at the OK Corral.

2003 - He died on the 24th of September in San Luis Obispo County, California.


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