Saturday, December 30, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Zev Berlinsky

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Zeev Berlinsky came to Israel from Poland as a child and started his acting career on stage at the age of 12. He studied at the Stadts Theater School in Berlin in 1931. The IMDb credits him with two dozen film appearances from 1961 to 1984, but I suspect he’s appeared in many more. Berlinsky made his film debut in 1961 in a supporting role in the Israeli film “Hem Hayu Asarah”. He made his first appearance in a German film in 1961 in the Dr. Mabuse film adaptation “Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse” by Harald Reinl with Gert Fröbe, Lex Barker and Daliah Lavi, in which he played the supporting role of the Man with the Wooden Leg. In 1962 he played the supporting role of Garnett in the crime film “The Secret of the Black Suitcases”, directed by Werner Klingler, with Joachim Hansen, Senta Berger and Hans Reiser in the leading roles. In the 1962 film “The Invisible Claws of Dr. Mabuse”, also directed by Harald Reinl, starring Lex Barker, Karin Dor and Siegfried Lowitz, he again appeared in a supporting role as the Man in the Morgue. He also played a supporting role as Gulliver in “The Testament of Dr. Mabuse” (1962) by Werner Klingler with Gert Fröbe, Senta Berger and Helmut Schmid. In 1963 he played a supporting role as a street sweeper in the Edgar Wallace film adaptation “Der Fluch der gelben Snake” by Franz Josef Gottlieb with the leading actors Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum and Pinkas Braun

In the 1965 German-Israeli film “One Plays Wrong” directed by Menahem Golan with Audie Murphy, Marianne Koch and George Sanders, he appeared in the role of Benz. In the 1966 film comedy “Long Legs – Long Fingers” with Senta Berger, Joachim Fuchsberger and Martin Held, directed by Alfred Vohrer, he portrayed the diamond fencer Snapper. In 1984 he was seen as Ze'ev Berlinski in the Israeli film “Sapar Nashim” by Ze'ev Revach with Gabi Amrani, Alik Arma and Tikva Aziz.

Zeev stated in in a 1973 newspaper article that he had acted once before as an Indian in a German television western. It was also mentioned Berlinsky owned a night club and the Aladdin Cafe

BERLINSKY, Zev (aka Ze'ev Berlinski) (Zeev Berlinski) [1917, Poland – 1/28/1990, Tel Aviv, Israel    ] – theater, film, TV actor, owned a Tel Aviv night club and the Aladdin Café.

Billy Two Hats – 1973 (Apache)

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