Sandor Elès

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Sandor Elès photographed by Paul Tanqueray, circa 1960 [1]

Sandor Elès (15 June 1936–10 September 2002), sometimes credited simply as Sandor Eles, was born as Hungarian: József Sándor Éles[2][3] He was best known latterly for TV and film work.[4]

Born in Tatabánya, 60 km from Budapest,[2] Elès was orphaned during World War II, and emigrated to England during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He began his acting career on stage, and went on to appear in a host of television roles, the majority on ITV. These included the ITC series Danger Man, The Baron, The Saint, Timeslip and Jason King.[2]

He made appearances in The Avengers, The Professionals ,Strange Report and Upstairs, Downstairs. Often cast in generic 'foreigner' roles (diplomats, waiters, desk clerks), he most often played Frenchmen. Éles became a British citizen on 10 January 1977.[2]

One of his most memorable film roles was as the mysterious Paul in the Brian Clemens thriller And Soon the Darkness. He also had major roles in the Hammer Horror movies Countess Dracula (1971) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) as well as appearing for four years in the 1980s as the scheming restaurant manager, Paul Ross, in the British TV soap opera Crossroads.[5]

In 1996, Elès returned to his cultural roots, appearing as the narrator in the Bartók opera, Bluebeard's Castle. The concert performances, given by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, were recorded for CD.[6]

Elès died in Kilburn, London on 10 September 2002, aged 66, apparently from a heart attack.[7]

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