Derren Nesbitt

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Derren Nesbitt
Born Derren Michael Horwitz
(1935-06-19) 19 June 1935 (age 79)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957–2011
Spouse(s) Anne Aubrey (1961–1973) (divorced) 1 child
Susan Nesbitt (c. 1975-?) (divorced) at least 1 child
1 other marriage (divorced)
Miranda Nesbitt
Children 5

Derren Nesbitt (born Derren Michael Horwitz; 19 June 1935) is an English actor. Possibly his best-known role was as SS Major von Hapen in Where Eagles Dare.

Acting career[edit]

Nesbitt's many television credits date back to the 1950s, including roles in The Invisible Man, Man of the World, Danger Man, The Prisoner, Doctor Who, UFO and The Saint. He has also appeared in ongoing roles in a few series, including Special Branch and The Courtroom.

In 2008 he was writing a book on "biblical myths and falsehoods".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Nesbitt has been married four times and has five children from his various marriages. His first three marriages all ended in divorce.[2]

In 1961 he married his first wife, the actress Anne Aubrey, and they had a daughter the next year. On 25 January 1973 he was fined £250 when he pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in October the previous year. He thrashed her with a leather strap after she told him that she was having an affair with another man. He also bruised her by grabbing her clothing the next day when she refused to tell him details about her lover. She divorced him a few months later.[3][1][4][5][6][7][8]

Fairly soon after this he married his second wife Susan, and they had at least one child. [8] His third wife was an Australian beauty queen, and for a time he moved to her country. As of 2014, he lives in Worthing, West Sussex, with his fourth wife Miranda.[2][8]



  1. ^ a b Moore, Matthew (24 July 2008). "TV actor Derren Nesbitt to expose 'biblical myths' in controversial book - Telegraph". London: Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b Derren Nesbitt at 75
  3. ^ "TV Actor Spanked Unfaithful Wife With Thong". The Sun. 28 January 1973. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ Actor Derren Nesbitt Thrashed Wife With Leather, Evening Standard, 25 January 1973
  5. ^ Actor Spanked 'Errant' Wife With Thong, Daily Telegraph, 26 January 1973
  6. ^ An Affair Too Far - Why Star Thrashed Wife, Daily Record, 26 January 1973
  7. ^ Derren Nesbitt Fined £250 For Wife Assaults, The Times, 26 January 1973 (see Times Digital Archive)
  8. ^ a b c Kathryn Knight (2 April 2014). "Interview with Kerry Horwitz". The Daily Mail. 

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