Derren Nesbitt (born Derren Michael Horwitz; 19 June 1935) is a British actor. Nesbitt's film career began in the late 1950s and he also appeared in numerous TV series in the late 1960s into the 1970s. He is well-remembered for his role as Major von Hapen in the 1968 film Where Eagles Dare.
Derren Michael Horwitz
19 June 1935
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Anne Aubrey (1961–1973) (divorced) 1 child|
Susan Parr (1976–?) (divorced) at least 1 child
1 other marriage (divorced)
One of the all time British villains, Nesbitt's many television credits date back to the 1950s, including roles in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The Invisible Man, Man of the World, Danger Man, The Prisoner, Doctor Who, UFO, The Saint and Special Branch.
He has also appeared in memorable roles in a number of movies, such as a predatory blackmailer of gay men in Victim (1961), a murderous pimp in The Informers (1963), a slimy assassin in Nobody Runs Forever, and the suspicious Gestapo officer in Where Eagles Dare (1968). Nesbitt was keen to be as authentic as possible with his character in Where Eagles Dare. Whilst on location, he requested to meet a former member of the Gestapo to better understand how to play the character and to get the military regalia correct. He was injured on set whilst filming the scene in which his character is killed. The blood squib attached to Nesbitt exploded with such force that he was temporarily blinded, though he made a quick recovery.
In 2018, Nesbitt played the leading role, as a drag queen, in a British independent film, Tucked.
Nesbitt has been married four times and has five children from his various marriages.
In 1961 he married his first wife, the actress Anne Aubrey, and they had a daughter the next year. On 25 January 1973 he was fined £250 when he pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in October the previous year. He thrashed her with a leather strap after she told him that she was having an affair with another man. He also bruised her by grabbing her clothing the next day when she refused to tell him details about her lover. She divorced him a few months later.
His third wife was an Australian beauty queen, and for a time he moved to her country where he taught theatre studies at The Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Arts in Lismore NSW. As of 2014, he lives in Worthing, West Sussex, with his fourth wife, Miranda.
|1958||The Silent Enemy||Officer in charge of security patrol boat||uncredited|
|A Night to Remember||Stoker||uncredited|
|1959||Room at the Top||Thug|
|Behemoth, the Sea Monster||Radio Officer||uncredited|
|1960||In the Nick||Mick|
|Sword of Sherwood Forest||Martin of Eastwood||uncredited|
|1961||The Man in the Back Seat||Tony|
|Term of Trial||Lodger|
|Kill or Cure||Roger Forrester|
|1963||The Informers||Bertie Hoyle|
|1964||Life in Danger||The Man|
|1965||The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders||Younger Brother|
|1966||The Blue Max||Fabian|
|Operation Third Form||Skinner|
|1967||The Naked Runner||Colonel Hartmann|
|1968||Nobody Runs Forever||Pallain|
|Where Eagles Dare||Major von Hapen|
|1969||Monte Carlo or Bust!||Waleska|
|1972||Burke & Hare||Burke|
|Innocent Bystanders||Andrew Royce|
|Ooh... You Are Awful||Sid Sabbath|
|1973||Not Now Darling||Harry McMichael|
|1975||The Amorous Milkman||Replacement Milkman||uncredited. Writer, Director, Producer|
|1976||Spy Story||Colonel Stok|
|Give Us Tomorrow||Ron|
|1979||The Saint and the Brave Goose||Inspector Lebec|
|1981||The Guns and the Fury||Captain Noel|
|1983||Funny Money||Jake Sanderson|
|1987||Eat the Rich||Manager|
|Fatal Sky||Arthur Corbin|
|1992||Double X: The Name of the Game||The Minister|
|2011||The Hot Potato||Fritz Meyer|
|2012||Run For Your Wife||Man on Bus|
|2014||Home for Christmas||Grandad|
|2020||The Haunting of Margam Castle||Hugh Morgan|
|The Adventures of Sir Lancelot||Sir Tristam
Various other roles
|Season 1: (14 episodes)|
|1957||Sword of Freedom||Di Lucca||Season 1, Episode 32: "The Marionettes"|
|Season 2, Episode 5: "The Pier"
Season 4, Episode 21: "Honeymoon Postponed"
|The Adventures of William Tell||Captain Frederick
Various other roles
|Season 1: (8 episodes)|
|1959||The Larkins||Spider||Season 2, Episode 2: "Teddy for Eddie"|
|The Invisible Man||Corporal
|Season 1, Episode 2: "Crisis in the Desert"
Season 2, Episode 1: "Point of Destruction"
|ITV Television Playhouse||Tod Blake||Season 5, Episode 6: "The Blood Fight"|
|Probation Officer||Joe||Season 1, Episode 6|
|1960||Skyport||Phillipe||Season 1, Episode 44|
|Theatre 70||Unknown||Season 1, Episode 10: "The Neighbour"|
|Danger Man||Hans Vogeler
|Season 1: (2 episodes)|
|1961||International Detective||Istvan Martos||Season 1, Episode 27: "The Martos Case"|
|1962||Man of the World||Polikoff||Season 1, Episode 11: "Specialist for the Kill"|
|1963||Dixon of Dock Green||Brian Thomas||Season 9, Episode 26: "A Woman Named Julie"|
|Emergency-Ward 10||Campbell Goffin||Season 1: (8 episodes)|
|Taxi!||Unknown||Season 1, Episode 7: "A Long Way to Go"|
|The Sentimental Agent||Lewis||Season 1, Episode 6: "Meet My Son, Henry"|
|The Saint||Netchideff||Season 2, Episode 13: "The Sporting Chance"|
|1964||No Hiding Place||Wilf Barret||Season 6, Episode 6: "The Write-off"|
|Doctor Who||Tegana||Season 1: (7 episodes)|
|The Protectors||Stodgey Payne||Season 1, Episode 5: "The Loop Men"|
|ITV Play of the Week||Caiser
|Season 10: (2 episodes)
Season 11, Episode 35: "The Move After Checkmate"
|1965||Public Eye||Kiley||Season 1, Episode 11: "Protection Is a Man's Best Friend"|
|Gideon's Way||John Benson||Season 1, Episode 14: "The Tin God"|
|Danger Man||Rachid Noureddine||Season 2, Episode 4: "Sting in the Tail"|
|1967||The Rat Catchers||Charles Dinley||Season 2: (2 episodes)|
|Mr. Rose||Fred Chater||Season 1, Episode 10: "The Deadly Doll"|
|Write a Play||Unknown||Season 2, Episode 8: "The White Christ & The Freeze Man"|
|Softly, Softly||Newnes||Season 3: (2 episodes)|
|The Troubleshooters||Lanyon||Season 4, Episode 7: "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"|
|Man in a Suitcase||Lucas Guardino||Season 1, Episode 11: "Dead Man's Shoes"|
|The Prisoner||New Number Two||Season 1, Episode 10: "It's Your Funeral"|
|1969||Honey Lane||Al Dowman||Unknown|
|Special Branch||Detective Chief Inspector Jordan||Season 1: (14 episodes)
Season 2: (13 episodes)
|1970||Strange Report||Nils Paavo||Season 1, Episode 16: "Report 4977: Swindle – Square Root of Evil"|
|Berlin Affair||Galt||TV Movie|
|1971||UFO||Colonel Craig Collins||Season 1, Episode 16: "The Man Who Came Back"|
|The Persuaders!||Groski||Season 1, Episode 9: "The Old, the New and the Deadly"|
|The Protectors||Brad Huron
|Season 1: (2 episodes)|
|1979||Return of the Saint||Inspector Lebec||Season 1: (2 episodes)|
|The House on Garibaldi Street||Arthur Lubinsky||TV Movie|
|1980||Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson||George Wharton||Season 1, Episode 20: "The Case of the Luckless Gambler"|
|1982||The Chinese Detective||Gunther Esslin||Season 2, Episode 6: "Chorale"|
|The Comic Strip Presents...||Various characters||Season 4, Episode 1: "The Strike"
Season 5: (2 episodes)
Season 7, Episode 2: "Space Virgins from Planet Sex"
|1990||Bergerac||Dennis Swain||Season 8, Episode 2: "My Name's Sergeant Bergerac"|
|1993||Hale and Pace||Unknown||Season 5, Episode 6|
|2004||The Courtroom||Judge Arnold Francis||Season 1: (11 episodes)|
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- A Conversation with Derren Nesbitt. "Major von Hapen" in "Where Eagles Dare". YouTube (10 June 2013). Retrieved on 2015-11-20.
- "Actor Injured as Burton Fires 'Shot'". Chicago Tribune. 25 April 1968. p. b30.
- http://sussex.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/derren-nesbitt-at-75-19355/ Derren Nesbitt at 75
- Actor Derren Nesbitt Thrashed Wife With Leather, Evening Standard, 25 January 1973
- Actor Spanked 'Errant' Wife With Thong, Daily Telegraph, 26 January 1973
- Derren Nesbitt Fined £250 For Wife Assaults, The Times, 26 January 1973 (see Times Digital Archive)
- Moore, Matthew (24 July 2008). "TV actor Derren Nesbitt to expose 'biblical myths' in controversial book". The Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2009.