Howard Vernon Movies and Career Information
Jul 15, 1914
Howard Vernon (15 July 1914 – 25 July 1996), real name Mario Lippert, was a Swiss actor. He was born to a Swiss father and an American mother and was fluent in German, English, and French. Originally a stage and radio actor, he worked primarily in France and became a well-known supporting actor after 1945 by playing villainous Nazi officers in French films. Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence de la mer, in which he played a gentle anti-Nazi German officer, made him somewhat famous, but, in part due to his looks and Swiss accent, he was subsequently relegated to playing gangsters and heavies. In the 1960s, he became a favorite actor of Spanish horror director Jesús Franco (aka. Jess Franco) and began starring in many low-budget horror movies produced in Spain or in France, often portraying a mad doctor named Dr. Orloff. He continued to make increasingly small appearances in high-profile movies while often getting top billing in many Z-grade horror films. He remained active until his death from natural causes in 1996, a week after his 82nd birthday.