William Berger (actor)
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Berger in 1967
|Born||Wilhelm Thomas Berger
June 20, 1928
|Died||October 2, 1993 (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Bill Berger
William Berger, also known as Bill Berger and Wilhelm Berger, born Wilhelm Thomas Berger (June 20, 1928-October 2, 1993) was an Austrian American actor, mostly associated with Euro and spaghetti Westerns, as well as travel documentaries.
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.
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.
William Berger died on October 2, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, of prostate cancer.
- Break Up (1965)
- The Man, the Woman and the Money (1965)
- Ringo's Big Night (1966)
- The Murder Clinic (1966)
- The Day the Fish Came Out (1967)
- Her Harem (1967)
- Face to Face (1967)
- Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (1968)
- Every Bastard a King (1968)
- If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968)
- A Noose for Django (1969)
- Sabata (1969)
- Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
- They Call Him Cemetery (1971)
- My Dear Killer (1972)
- The Big Bust Out (1972)
- Fasthand (1972)
- The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973)
- Super Fly T.N.T. (1973)
- Man with the Golden Winchester (1973)
- Three Tough Guys (1974)
- The Career of a Chambermaid (1976)
- Nick the Sting (1976)
- And Agnes Chose to Die (1976)
- Keoma (1976)
- Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977)
- California (1977)
- Wifemistress (1977)
- Oil! (1977)
- I viaggiatori della sera (1979)
- Day of the Cobra (1980)
- The Girl from Trieste (1982)
- Hercules (1983) - King Minos
- Monster Shark (1984)
- Christopher Columbus (1985)
- The Adventures of Hercules (aka Hercules 2) (1985)
- Tex and the Lord of the Deep
- The Fifth Missile (1986)
- Tarot (1986)
- Control (1987)
- Distant Lights (1987)
- Django Strikes Again (1987)
- The Brother from Space (1988)
- Alien Terminator (1988)
- Dial Help (1988)
- I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990)
- The King's Whore (1990)