David Bauer (actor)

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David Bauer
Born (1917-03-06)6 March 1917
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died 13 July 1973(1973-07-13) (aged 56)
London, England
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 1958–1973
Spouse(s) Stella Tanner (1960-1973) (his death) (1 child)

David Bauer (6 March 1917 – 13 July 1973) was an American actor, a Chicagoan, who was based primarily in Britain.

Early life[edit]

He was chosen as the most promising actor at Washington University and his professional career began immediately after graduating. Plays in which he appeared included A Sound of Hunting, The Inspector General, Volpone, The Iceman Cometh and Children of Darkness. He appeared as Doc in the London stage production of West Side Story at Her Majesty's Theatre. Though born in the United States, he left his native country due to McCarthyism[citation needed] and settled in Britain.


He appeared in The Baron, The Champions (where he provided opening narration for each episode), The Avengers, Department S, Gideon's Way, Jason King, The Prisoner, The Protectors, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Saint, and Strange Report.

He appeared in films such as Patton, Inspector Clouseau, Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

Ironically in light of his reasons for leaving the United States for Britain, "Living in Harmony", the episode of The Prisoner in which he appeared as The Judge/Number Two, was banned in the series' original run on American television, supposedly due to drug use but more likely because of the political commentary on the Vietnam War that could be read into the episode.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bauer was married to British actress Stella Tanner until his death in 1973.[1]

Credits confusion[edit]

Bauer worked in Hollywood under the name David Wolfe until being blacklisted. As a result, the Internet Movie Database and other online sources confuse many of his film credits with those of another David Wolfe (1915-1994). The "David Wolfe" who appears in The Undercover Man, Where The Sidewalk Ends, Salt of the Earth. and other Hollywood films of the period is in fact David Bauer.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Baker, Richard Anthony (2012-04-18). "Stella Tanner". The Stage. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 

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