Friday, February 28, 2014

Who Are Those Guys? - Demeter Bitenc

Demeter Bitenc was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on July 21, 1922. Birtenc began his acting career during the Second World War and later, with great passion became a film actor, today he is still seen but in minor roles. but being in his 90’s it is not an option. His philosophy is simple: "I'm still here, still alive, still playing." This year he will celebrate his 70th years in the profession. During this time he has gained an extensive list of film, television and theater credits, but his first great love, is film, because, he says, he was offered the freedom to choose roles." In theater, the players usually are collectivists, but I'm really an individualist at heart," he explains.

His career spans more than 140 roles in feature films and more than 80 TV films and series. Before that he started his career in 1943 as an actor, He started in Ljubljana Drama and was there until in 1954. Then he moved to Belgrade. In 1960, he left the company an became an independent artist. That's when he worked for the Germans signing a contract for three films, and began what was for those times great adventure, a great hazard, but it paid off. He was often seen playing German military officers.
Like many actors during the 1960s he had to learn to ride a horse which came in handy when he made his Euro-westerns.
Still active he will appear in a TV series this year entitles “Zivljenja Tomaza Kajzerja” which is in post-production.

BITENC, Demeter (aka Demetar Bitenc, Deneler Bitenc, Dieneler Bitenc, Dimiter Bitenc, Dimitri Bitenc, Mitja Bitenc, Demeter Bitenz, Dimiter Bitenz, Jovan Bitenz) [7/21/1922, Ljubljana, Slovenia –    ] - TV actor.
Apache Gold - 1963 (Dick Stone)
Bandits of the Rio Grande - 1965 (Elgaut) [as Dimitri Bitenc]
Duel at Sundown - 1965 (Mack ) [as Dieneler Bitenc]
Johnny Colt – 1966 (Burt)

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