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John Hollis (12 November 1927 – 18 October 2005) was a British actor of TV and film.
Bertie Wyn Hollis
12 November 1927
|Died||18 October 2005 (aged 77)|
Gabrielle Hamilton (m. 1953–1965)
Sheila Forrester (m. 1966–2005)
John Hollis was born Bertie Wyn Hollis in southwest London in 1927.
He played the role of Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back and the German porter at the chateau in The Dirty Dozen. He appeared in the Christopher Reeve Superman films Superman and Superman II as an elder of Krypton, and in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as a Russian General.
He also played the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the cold open of the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, going uncredited due to the controversy over the film rights and characters of Thunderball. In this sequence, his character was famously lifted from a wheelchair and dropped to his death down a chimney stack by Bond (Roger Moore) after he had attempted to kill Bond by using a remote control link to Bond's MI6 helicopter.
Hollis' other film work included minor roles in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter for Hammer Films and Gene Wilder's The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. In television, Hollis took the role of Sondergaard in the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who in the story The Mutants, and appeared in The Avengers episode The Cybernauts as a sensei and also in The Tomorrow People. He also appeared as "Kaufmann" with a young Julie Christie in the BBC classic 'lost series' A for Andromeda.
John Hollis was a versatile character actor for BBC Radio. Notable roles include Magwitch in Great Expectations, Leonard Bast in Howards End, Conan Doyle's Inspector Lestrade and Shakespeare's Bardolph. He also took part in some commercial recordings, in parts as various as the March Hare in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Murderer of the Duke of Clarence in Richard III.
He broadcast his own recollections of a cockney childhood, for the BBC in the 1970s.
|1967||Casino Royale||Fred (Temple Priest)||Uncredited|
|The Dirty Dozen||German Porter at Chateau||Uncredited|
|1968||On the Run||Baldy|
|1971||Creatures the World Forgot||Masked Attacker||Uncredited|
|1973||Ghost in the Noonday Sun||Kanaris|
|1974||Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter||Barman|
|1975||The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother||Moriarty's Gunman|
|1978||Superman||4th Elder (Krypton Council)|
|1980||The Empire Strikes Back||Lobot (Lando's aide)|
|Flash Gordon||Klytus Observer No. 2|
|Superman II||Krypton Elder|
|1981||For Your Eyes Only||Ernst Stavro Blofeld||Uncredited|
|1986||Valhalla||Hymer||English version, Voice|
|1987||Superman IV: The Quest for Peace||Russian General|
|1962||The Andromeda Breakthrough||Kaufman||6 episodes|
|1963–67||The Saint||Maximillian Tordoff/West||2 episodes|
|1963–68||The Avengers||Various||4 episodes|
|1972||Doctor Who: The Mutants||Sondergaard||4 episodes|
|1980||Blake's 7||Lorn||1 episode, Powerplay|
|1981||The Day of the Triffids||Alf||1 episode|
|1984||Badger Girl||Mr Barker||8 episodes|