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Subject: ARCHIVE: November 1, 1976 ~Oscar Beregi, Hungarian-born veteran Hollywood actor, known for his many dramatic film/TV roles in the 1950s/60s and 70s, in films like 1962's "Judgement at Nuremberg", and 1974's "Young Frankenstein", and memorable TV performances like Twilight Zone ("Deaths-Head Revisited" and "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" -1961), dies at 58. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, November 01, 08:41:57am

Oscar Beregi Jr.
(May 12, 1918 November 1, 1976)

Hungarian-born film and television actor. He was the son of actor Oscar Beregi Sr. and often was billed simply as Oscar Beregi. Beregi was most famous for his roles in The Twilight Zone. Heavyweight Hungarian-born character actor Oscar Beregi Jr.'s best performances were on the small screen, usually as Germanic or Russian heavies. His stock-in-trade villainy was of a cultured or psychological, rather than physical nature, urbane and intellectual, yet inevitably sinister. His father, matinee idol Oscar Beregi Sr., had appeared on the Hungarian and German stage in Shakespearean roles, as well as acting in films, since 1919. Both Beregis left Hungary in 1939, the father settling in America, while the son ran a restaurant in Chile. It took several year for the younger Beregi to be granted a visa to enter the U.S., and then only through the intervention of then-senator Lyndon Johnson.

When Beregi finally arrived in America, he spoke little English and worked as a salesman for several years, learning the language, before re-entering the acting profession well into middle age. On the big screen, he was largely restricted to small supporting roles. However, Beregi made the most of the meatier roles offered him in television, such as mob boss Joe Kulak (a character possibly based on real-life mobster Jake Guzik) in eight episodes of The Untouchables (1959).


Beregi had a major recurring role as fictional gang lord Joe Kulak on The Untouchables. He played
the starring role as Captain Gunther Lutze in the Twilight Zone episode "Deaths-Head Revisited."

...He also appeared in the Twilight Zone episodes "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "Mute" and in dozens of shows that used his distinctively paradoxical heavy-set European urbanity to comic effect, including Hogan's Heroes (twice), The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Blue Light, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, season 1 episodes 4 and 5, and Get Smart, Green Acres in the 1968 episode 1 & 2 of "A Star Named Arnold is Born", also appeared in an episode of The Lucy Show, which featured Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane, and a cameo by John Banner, in character as Stalag 13's Sergeant Schultz.

Beregi's film career included small roles in several major films, including Judgement at Nuremberg (1961), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), My Fair Lady (1964), Ship of Fools (1965), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972) and Young Frankenstein (1974), his last feature film.

Personal Life & Death
In his spare time, Beregi was a successful breeder of Komondors, a species of large, white Hungarian sheep dog, considered a living treasure in their native country. Oscar Beregi, 58, died of a heart attack on November 1, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. He was buried in Glendale's Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery.

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His father, actor Oscar Beregi, Sr. died in 1965, at 89 (NT)Oscar, Jr. didn't inherit dad's longevity- he died at 58Thursday, November 01, 01:21:39pm
Beregi Jr. also appeared in the Season 3 finale of "Green Acres" titled "A Star Named Arnold is Born" on 3-10 April 1968 (NT)with fellow Hungarian Eva GaborThursday, November 01, 07:28:37pm
TZ's Deaths-Head Revisited" is one of the most gripping and relevant TV of its times, considering it aired just 15 years after the war. It haunts me today. (NT)Though Beregi starred, Joseph Schildkraut excelled as the ghost of reconning. Brilliant.Thursday, November 01, 09:25:41pm

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