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Vladek Sheybal (born Władysław Rudolf Z. Sheybal; 12 March 1923 – 16 October 1992) was a Polish character actor, singer and director of both television and stage productions. He was well known for his portrayal of the chess grandmaster Kronsteen in the James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), a role for which he had been personally recommended by his friend Sean Connery, and Otto Leipzig in Smiley's People (1982).
Sheybal as Kronsteen in From Russia with Love (1963)
Władysław Rudolf Z. Sheybal
12 March 1923
|Died||16 October 1992 (aged 69)|
|Resting place||Putney Vale Cemetery, London, England|
|Alma mater||Merton College, Oxford|
Life and careerEdit
Sheybal was born in Zgierz, near Łódź, in the Second Polish Republic. He appeared in the film Kanał (1957, credited as Władysław Sheybal), directed by Andrzej Wajda, before emigrating to the United Kingdom, where he was typically cast in villainous roles. He also appeared as Holocaust survivor Egon Sobotnik in the television mini-series QB VII.
He had a dual role as "the Director" and as Pierre Louys in Ken Russell's The Debussy Film, one of Russell's composer biopics for the BBC. Other Russell films in which he appeared were Billion Dollar Brain, Women in Love and The Boy Friend.
Sheybal's other TV credits include Z-Cars, Danger Man, The Troubleshooters, The Saint, The Baron, The Champions, Callan, Strange Report, UFO, The New Avengers, Supernatural, Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, Shōgun and Smiley's People.
In 1977, he won the Dracula Society's prestigious Hamilton Deane Award for his performance in the BBC play Night of the Marionettes, part of the Supernatural series, in which he played a sinister Austrian innkeeper whose life-size puppets supposedly inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Sheybal's final stage appearance was as Friedrich Nietzsche in the Pierre Bourgeade play The Eagle and the Serpent at London's Offstage Downstairs Theatre in 1988.
- Kanał (1957) - Michał 'Ogromny', the composter
- Trzy Kobiety (1957) - Gestapo Officer
- From Russia with Love (1963) - Tov Kronsteen
- Return from the Ashes (1965) - Paul, Chess Club Manager
- Casino Royale (1967) - Le Chiffre's Representative
- Billion Dollar Brain (1967) - Dr. Eiwort
- The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) - Herbert von Krolock (voice)
- To Grab the Ring (1968) - Mijnheer Smith
- Deadfall (1968) - Dr. Delgado
- The Limbo Line (1968) - Oleg
- Mosquito Squadron (1969) - Lieutenant Schack
- Doppelgänger (1969) - Psychiatrist
- Women in Love (1969) - Loerke
- Leo the Last (1970) - Laszlo
- UFO (1970) - Dr. Douglas Jackson
- The Last Valley (1971) - Mathias
- Puppet on a Chain (1971) - Meegern
- The Boy Friend (1971) - De Thril
- The Spy's Wife (1972) - Vladek
- Innocent Bystanders (1972) - Aaron Kaplan
- Scorpio (1973) - Zemetkin
- Shado (1974) - Dr. Doug Jackson
- Invasion: UFO (1974) - Dr. Doug Jackson
- S*P*Y*S (1974) - Borisenko
- Il bacio (1974) - Portiere d'albergo
- UFO: Distruggete base Luna! (1974) - Dr. Doug Jackson
- The Wind and the Lion (1975) - The Bashaw
- House of Pleasure for Women (1976) - Francesco
- The Sell Out (1976) - Dutchman
- Gulliver's Travels (1977) - President of Blefuscu (voice)
- Hamlet (1979) - Player Queen / Lucianus / 1st Player
- The Lady Vanishes (1979) - Trainmaster
- Avalanche Express (1979) - Zannbin
- Shōgun (1980) - Captain Ferriera
- The Apple (1980) - Boogalow
- All About a Prima Ballerina (1980) - Marcus
- Fire and Sword (1981) - Andret
- Marco Polo (1982) - Prosecuting Reverend
- Where Is Parsifal? (1984)
- Memed My Hawk (1984) - Ali
- Red Dawn (1984) - General Bratchenko
- The Jigsaw Man (1984) - Gen. Zorin
- Strike It Rich (1990) - Kinski
- After Midnight (1990) - Hiyam El-Afi, The Hotel Manager
- Double X: The Name of the Game (1992) - Pawnbroker
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