List of recurring cast members in Stanley Kubrick films

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The list of cast members who have appeared as recurring cast members in Kubrick films has been relatively short. Some of the actors who have appeared in more than one film are listed in the table included in this section. The individual films may be consulted for the precise casting details in specific films.

Table of recurring cast member[edit]

Actor Fear and Desire
Killer's Kiss
The Killing
Paths of Glory
Dr. Strangelove
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Barry Lyndon
The Shining
Full Metal Jacket
Eyes Wide Shut
Frank Silvera ☑Y ☑Y
Joe Turkel ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Timothy Carey ☑Y ☑Y
Sterling Hayden ☑Y ☑Y
Kirk Douglas ☑Y ☑Y
Peter Sellers ☑Y ☑Y
Leonard Rossiter ☑Y ☑Y
Margaret Tyzack ☑Y ☑Y
Vivian Kubrick * ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Steven Berkoff ☑Y ☑Y
Anthony Sharp ☑Y ☑Y
Patrick Magee ☑Y ☑Y
Philip Stone ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Godfrey Quigley ☑Y ☑Y
Leon Vitali ☑Y ☑Y
  • all appearances by Vivian Kubrick are uncredited, since they're only small cameos.

Quilty's "Dr. Zempf" and Peter Sellers role as Doctor Strangelove[edit]

Lolita has a scene lasting six minutes in which Quilty disguises himself as a German-accented high school psychologist named Dr. Zempf who persuades Humbert to allow Lolita more personal freedom so that she can act in the high school play (which is written by Quilty and produced with some supervision from him). This is modified from a scene in the novel in which there is a similar conversation with a genuine female school psychologist. The film version of this scene was sufficiently memorable that Edward Albee incorporated it into his stage adaptation of Lolita.

Numerous observers have seen similarities between Peter Sellers' performance of Quilty-as-Zempf and his subsequent role in Stanley Kubrick's next film as Doctor Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick himself in an interview with Michel Ciment described both characters as "parodies of movie clichés of Nazis".[1] Commenting elsewhere on the characters, Ciment writes "Peter Sellers prefigured his creation of Dr Strangelove, particularly in the role of Dr Zempf, the school psychologist whose thick German accent recalls that of the mad professor (note Kubrick's ambiguous feelings towards Germany, his admiration for its culture... his fear of its demonstrations of power...)".[2] Thomas Allen Nelson has said that in this part of his performance, "Sellers twists his conception of Quilty toward that neo-Nazi monster, who will roll out of the cavernous shadows of Dr. Strangelove",[3] later noting that Zempf "exaggerates Humbert's European pomposity through his psychobabble and German anality." The Kubrick interview has been commented by Geoffrey Cocks, author of a controversial book on the impact of the Holocaust on Kubrick's overall work, who notes that "Dr. Strangelove himself... is the mechanical chimera of modern horror."[4]

Other observers of this similarity include Internet film critic Tim Dirks who has also noted that Sellers's smooth German-like accent and the chair-bound pose in this scene are similar to that of Dr. Strangelove.[5] Finally, Barbara Wyllie, writing in Julian Connelly's anthology The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov, speaks of "Quilty's visit to the house in Beardsley, masquerading as Dr. Zempf, a German psychologist (a Sellers character that prefigures Dr. Strangelove in Kubrick's film of 1964)."[6]

Cast notes for Ed Bishop[edit]

Ed Bishop had his first film role in Lolita,[7] an uncredited appearance as the ambulance attendant who tells Humbert that Charlotte is dead. Bishop also played the shuttle pilot in 2001: A Space Odyssey, making him one of the few actors to appear in two Kubrick films.


  1. ^ Ciment, Michel; Gilbert Adair; Robert Bononno (2003). Kubrick: The Definitive Edition. Macmillan. p. 156. ISBN 0-571-21108-9.
  2. ^ Ciment, Michel; Gilbert Adair; Robert Bononno (2003). Kubrick: The Definitive Edition. Macmillan. p. 92. ISBN 0-571-21108-9.
  3. ^ Nelson, Thomas Allen (2000). Kubrick, inside a film artist's maze. Indiana University Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-253-21390-8.
  4. ^ Cocks, Geoffrey (2004). The wolf at the door: Stanley Kubrick, history, & the Holocaust. Peter Lang. p. 114. ISBN 0-8204-7115-1.
  5. ^ "Lolita (1962)" A Review by Tim Dirks.
  6. ^ Connelly, Julian (2005). The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov (Cambridge Companions to Literature). Cambridge University Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-521-82957-1.
  7. ^ "Ed Bishop". IMDb.