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 1956–present
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]



Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Silent Enemy Unkown uncredited
A Night to Remember Stoker uncredited
1959 Room at the Top Thug
Behemoth the Sea Monster Radio Officer uncredited
1960 In the Nick Mick
Sword of Sherwood Forest Martin of Eastwood uncredited
1961 The Man in the Back Seat Tony
Victim Sandy Youth
Karolina Rijecka Unkown
1962 Strongroom Griff
Term of Trial Lodger
Kill or Cure Roger Forrester
1963 The Informers Bertie Hoyle
1964 Life in Danger The Man
1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders Younger Brother
1966 The Blue Max Fabian
Operation Third Form Skinner
1967 The Naked Runner Colonel Hartmann
1968 Nobody Runs Forever Pallain
Where Eagles Dare Von Hapen
1969 Monte Carlo or Bust! Waleska
1972 Burke & Hare Burke
Innocent Bystanders Andrew Royce
Ooh... You Are Awful Sid Sabbath
1973 Not Now Darling Harry McMichael
1974 Shado Craig Collins
1975 The Amorous Milkman Replacement Milkman uncredited
1976 Spy Story Colonel Stok
1978 The Playbirds Jeremy
Give Us Tomorrow Ron
1979 The Saint and the Brave Goose Inspector Lebec
1981 The Guns and the Fury Captain Noel
1982 Funny Money Jake Sanderson
1987 Eat the Rich Manager
1990 Bullseye! Inspector Grosse
Fatal Sky Arthur Corbin
1992 Double X: The Name of the Game The Minister
2006 Pu-239 Pepsi uncredited
2007 Flawless Sinclair
2011 The Hot Potato Fritz Meyer
2012 Run For Your Wife Man on Bus
2014 Home for Christmas Grandad


  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. Sun Reporter. 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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