William Berger (actor)

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William Berger
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Berger in 1967
Born Wilhelm Thomas Berger
June 20, 1928
Innsbruck, Austria
Died October 2, 1993 (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Bill Berger
Wilhelm Berger
Occupation Actor

William Berger (aka Bill Berger, Wilhelm Berger) was born Wilhelm Thomas Berger on June 20, 1928 in Innsbruck, Austria. He was an Austrian American actor, mostly associated with Euro or spaghetti Westerns and travel documentaries. He died on October 2, 1993 in Los Angeles, United States, of prostate cancer.

Biography[edit]

Career[edit]

Berger in Faccia a faccia (1967)

A former roommate of Keith Richards, his earliest work was in Broadway theater, but while visiting Italy, he was cast in his first Western, Break Up in 1965. A series of westerns followed, including Faccia a faccia (1967), Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (1968), If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968), Sabata (1969) and Keoma (1975). He also starred in the horror films Five Dolls for an August Moon, My Dear Killer, Monster Shark and The Murder Clinic.

In the early 1970s, Berger spent some time in an Italian prison, wrongly accused of possession of hashish and cocaine, but resumed his acting career after his release. His later fare included Super Fly T.N.T. (1973), Oil! (1977), Hercules (1983) and The King's Whore (1990). His 1985 memoirs, Half Way Home, recount his life to that point.

Berger collaborated with his good friend, famed Spanish horror film director Jesus Franco, appearing in 7 films for him...The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff, Night of the Killers, Faceless, Golden Temple Amazons, Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun, Dirty Game in Casablanca and A Captain of 15 Years.

Berger died on October 2, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, of prostate cancer. Jesus Franco was particularly upset by his passing, speaking of his grief in various interviews.

Personal life[edit]

William Berger married several times. He had two daughters with his first wife...their names were Carin Berger (born 1952) and actress Debra Berger (born March 17, 1957). He also had a son with his first wife, named Wendell Nelson Berger, who was born on December 28, 1972.

By his second wife (singer, songwriter and actress Hanja Kochansky), he had two more children: a daughter (actress Katya Berger) and a son (child actor Kasimir Berger, born in London on October 7, 1974). Kasimir starred with his father in the TV mini-series Christopher Columbus (1985) as Diego as a Child, in Tuareg - Il guerriero del deserto (1984) uncredited as Gacel's son, and acted with his mother and sister in the Joe D'Amato horror classic Rosso sangue (1981) as Willy Bennett.

On June 21, 1975, he had one last son Alexander Völz with Dörte Völz. He had no children at all with his last wife, Linda Berger.

William Berger died on October 2, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, of prostate cancer.

Selected filmography[edit]

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