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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.


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

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:45:00 -0700

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Wall Street Journal

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

Pleased by their stoicism, the officer, Werner von Ebrennac (Howard Vernon), visits them in the evenings, beginning what the elderly man calls an “endless monologue.” Towering over them as they sit by the fire, the officer, a composer and a lover of ...
Wellington Daily News
Thu, 14 May 2015 13:15:00 -0700

Howard, Vernon 38 Salina, Serving Sentence. Mudd, Autumn E 29 Wichita, Domestic Battery. Parks, Angela M 30 Hutchinson, Serving Sentenc. Vasquez, Andres 57 Wichita, Driving while a habitual violator, Operate vehicle without liability insurance. Pudden ...


Thu, 14 May 2015 00:12:40 -0700

The officer, named Werner von Ebrennac (Howard Vernon), recognizes what they are doing not long into his stay. Curiously, von Ebrennac does not attempt to coerce them into speaking with him, in the way one might expect a Nazi to do. Instead, he joins ...
A.V. Club (blog)
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:05:52 -0700

One day, a German officer, Werner Von Ebrennac (Howard Vernon), shows up and announces, rather apologetically, that he's to be billeted with them. The uncle and the niece accept this, as they must, but they rebel by refusing to speak to Von Ebrennac, ...

DVD Talk

DVD Talk
Mon, 11 May 2015 14:11:15 -0700

In order to avenge his death, Mrs. Johnson seduces four people (played by a rather interesting cast including Howard Vernon, Paul Muller, Ewa Stromberg and the director himself!) she holds responsible for her husband's suicide, and once she has them ...


Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:10:29 -0700

A German officer (Howard Vernon) moves in to the home of our narrator and his niece, and they simply ignore him, using the cold shoulder as an act of resistance, “as if he were a ghost.” But the German talks to them anyway, crafting an endless ...

Denton Record Chronicle

Denton Record Chronicle
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:13:19 -0700

A Nazi officer (Howard Vernon) has commandeered the home of an uncle (Jean-Marie Robain) living with his young niece (Nicole Stephane). The two make a pact to stay silent, which they do for most of the film and for the officer's lengthy stay. Meanwhile ...

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