Derren Nesbitt

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 Nesbitt
Derren Michael Horwitz

(1935-06-19) 19 June 1935 (age 86)
London, England, UK
Years active1956–present
Spouse(s)Anne Aubrey (1961–1973) (divorced) 1 child
Susan Parr (1976–?)[1] (divorced) at least 1 child
1 other marriage (divorced)
Miranda Nesbitt

Acting careerEdit

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.[2][3]

In 2018, Nesbitt played the leading role, as a drag queen, in a British independent film, Tucked.

Personal lifeEdit

Nesbitt has been married four times and has five children from his various marriages.[4]

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.[5][6][7][8]

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.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
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
Victim Sandy Youth
Karolina Rijecka Unknown
1962 Strongroom Griff
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
1974 Shado Craig Collins
1975 The Amorous Milkman Replacement Milkman uncredited. Writer, Director, Producer
1976 Spy Story Colonel Stok
1978 The Playbirds Jeremy
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
1990 Bullseye! Inspector Grosse
Fatal Sky Arthur Corbin
1992 Double X: The Name of the Game The Minister
2006 Pu-239 Pepsi uncredited
2007 Flawless Sinclair
2011 The Hot Potato Fritz Meyer
2012 Run For Your Wife Man on Bus
2014 Home for Christmas Grandad
2018 Tucked Jackie
2020 The Haunting of Margam Castle Hugh Morgan


Year Title Role Notes


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"


Armchair Theatre Otto

Geoffrey Fitton

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

Hugo Morelli

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 [de] 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

Colin Foster

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)


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 22 February 2021."Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  2. ^ A Conversation with Derren Nesbitt. "Major von Hapen" in "Where Eagles Dare". YouTube (10 June 2013). Retrieved on 2015-11-20.
  3. ^ "Actor Injured as Burton Fires 'Shot'". Chicago Tribune. 25 April 1968. p. b30.
  4. ^ a b Derren Nesbitt at 75
  5. ^ Actor Derren Nesbitt Thrashed Wife With Leather, Evening Standard, 25 January 1973
  6. ^ Actor Spanked 'Errant' Wife With Thong, Daily Telegraph, 26 January 1973
  7. ^ Derren Nesbitt Fined £250 For Wife Assaults, The Times, 26 January 1973 (see Times Digital Archive)
  8. ^ 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.

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