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For the Australian actor, see Howard Vernon (Australian actor).
Howard Vernon
Born Mario Lippert
(1914-07-15)15 July 1914
Baden, Switzerland
Died 25 July 1996(1996-07-25) (aged 82)
Paris, France
Years active 1945-1996

Howard Vernon (15 July 1914, Baden, Switzerland — 25 July 1996, Paris, France) was a Swiss actor.

Vernon was born Mario Lippert to a Swiss father and an American mother and was fluent in German, English, and French. Originally a stage and radio actor, he worked primarily in France and became a well-known supporting actor after 1945 by playing villainous Nazi officers in French films. Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence de la mer, in which he played a gentle anti-Nazi German officer, made him somewhat famous, but, in part due to his looks and Swiss accent, he was subsequently relegated to playing gangsters and heavies.[citation needed]

In the 1960s, he became a favorite actor of Spanish horror director Jesús Franco and began starring in many low-budget horror movies produced in Spain or in France, often portraying a mad doctor named "Dr. Orloff". He continued to make increasingly small appearances in high-profile movies while often getting top billing in many Grade-Z horror films. Horror fans consider his three greatest horror film roles to be The Awful Dr. Orloff (1961) which introduced Franco's famed mad doctor character, Dracula vs Frankenstein (1971) in which he played Count Dracula and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972) in which he played the insanely evil Count Cagliostro.

Death[edit]

He remained active until his death from natural causes in 1996. He died in Paris soon after his 82nd birthday.

Selected Filmography[edit]

External links[edit]


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Indie Wire (blog)

Indie Wire (blog)
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Moreover, the film is a key introduction to the director as cynical humanist; it's a story about a humble uncle (Jean-Marie Robain) and niece (Nicole Stéphane), who are forced to house German lieutenant Werner von Ebrennac (a towering Howard Vernon) in ...

PopMatters

PopMatters
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:22:30 -0700

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 01:07:26 -0700

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Daily Herald
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 04:48:27 -0700

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A.V. Club DC

A.V. Club DC
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:13:03 -0700

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 12 May 2015 14:49:08 -0700

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