Rik Van Nutter

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Rik Van Nutter
Born Frederick Allen Nutter
(1929-05-01)May 1, 1929
Los Angeles, California, US
Died October 15, 2005(2005-10-15) (aged 76)
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Nationality American
Years active 1959-1979
Spouse(s) Anita Ekberg (1963-1975)

Rik Van Nutter (May 1, 1929 – October 15, 2005) was an American actor who appeared in many minor films and the James Bond picture Thunderball.


He best known for playing the third version of Felix Leiter in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). He also had a role alongside Peter Ustinov in Romanoff and Juliet (1968), and his later films included Foxbat (1977) with Henry Silva and Vonetta McGee and the Jim Brown WW2 adventure Pacific Inferno (1979).

Personal life[edit]

Van Nutter was married to film actress Anita Ekberg from 1963 until 1975. They lived in Spain and Switzerland and started a shipping business together.[1]


Van Nutter died on October 15, 2005 at the age of 76.



  1. ^ "Anita Ekberg - obituary". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

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Preceded by
Cec Linder
Felix Leiter actor
Succeeded by
Norman Burton