David Bauer (actor)

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David Bauer
Born(1917-03-06)6 March 1917
Died13 July 1973(1973-07-13) (aged 56)
London, England
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1958–1973
Spouse(s)Stella Tanner (m. 1960) (1 child)

David Bauer (6 March 1917 – 13 July 1973) was an American actor, a Chicagoan, who was based primarily in Britain.

Early life[edit]

He was chosen as the most promising actor at Washington University and his professional career began immediately after graduating. Plays in which he appeared included A Sound of Hunting, The Inspector General, Volpone, The Iceman Cometh and Children of Darkness. He appeared as Doc in the London stage production of West Side Story at Her Majesty's Theatre. Though born in the United States, he left his native country due to McCarthyism[citation needed] and settled in Britain.


He appeared in The Baron, The Champions (where he provided opening narration for each episode), The Avengers, Department S, Gideon's Way, Jason King, The Prisoner, The Protectors, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Saint, and Strange Report.

He appeared in films such as Patton, Inspector Clouseau, Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

In light of his reasons for leaving the United States for Britain, "Living in Harmony", the episode of The Prisoner in which he appeared as The Judge/Number Two, was banned in the series' original run on American television, supposedly due to drug use but more likely because of the political commentary on the Vietnam War that could be read into the episode.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bauer was married to British actress Stella Tanner until his death in 1973.[1]

Credits confusion[edit]

Bauer worked in Hollywood under the name David Wolfe until being blacklisted; as a result, the Internet Movie Database and other online sources confuse many of his film credits with those of another David Wolfe (1915-1994). The "David Wolfe" who appears in The Undercover Man, Where The Sidewalk Ends, Salt of the Earth. and other Hollywood films of the period is in fact David Bauer.


Year Title Role Notes
1962 Flat Two Emil louba
1963 Live It Up! Mark Watson
1964 Man in the Middle Colonel Mayburt
1964 Walk a Tightrope Ed
1965 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Young Judge Uncredited
1967 The Double Man Andrew Miller
1967 You Only Live Twice American Diplomat Uncredited
1967 Danger Route Bennett
1967 Torture Garden Mike Charles (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
1968 Dark of the Sun Adams (UK title: The Mercenaries)
1968 Inspector Clouseau Police Chief Geffrion
1969 Crooks and Coronets Jack
1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun Villac Umu
1970 Patton Lieutenant General Harry Buford
1971 Fun and Games Gribney
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Morton Slumber
1972 Embassy Kadish
1972 Endless Night Uncle Frank
1974 Road Movie Harry (final film role)


  1. ^ Baker, Richard Anthony (2012-04-18). "Stella Tanner". The Stage. Retrieved 2012-05-28.

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