Karl-Otto Alberty was born on November 13, 1933 in Berlin, Germany. Alberty started out as an amateur boxer before discovering he had a talent for acting, making his début at the City Theatre in Konstanz in 1959. He then began to take supporting roles in films, making his first appearance in English-language films as an SD officer (who captures Richard Attenborough) in “The Great Escape” (1963). With his broad face, broken nose and distinctive white-blond hair, he would go on to play variations on the role of German officers in a series of films, notably “The Battle of the Bulge” (1965), Luchino Visconti's “The Damned” (1969), and as a tank commander in “Kelly's Heroes” (1970) and a Luftwaffe general in “Battle of Britain” (1969). He also continued to work in both Germany and Italy in a wide variety of films from dramas and comedies to spaghetti westerns such as “The Man from Oklahoma” (1965) and “Day of Anger” (1967). He also made regular appearances on German television. His last appearance was in the TV series “War and Remembrance” (1988). He has been variously credited as Charles Albert, Charles Alberty and Carlo Alberti.
Today we celebrate Karl-Otto Alberty’s 80th birthday.