Karl Michael Vogler was a German actor probably best known for his appearances in several big-budget English-language films of the 1960s and 1970s, including The Blue Max where he co-starred with George Peppard and Ursula Andress followed a few years later by Patton, in which he portrayed Erwin Rommel. He primarily worked in German film and television, often typecast as authority figures. He was also an acclaimed stage actor, perhaps best-remembered for playing Horatio to Maximilian Schell's Hamlet in 1960's Munich August Festival and a subsequent television adaptation.
He was born in Remscheid, Germany and raised in Bregenz, Austria, the son of a blacksmith. After graduation he started his career as theatre actor and made his debut in Innsbruck in 1950. Between the 1970s and 2005 he made appearances on German TV and European films.
He died in Seehausen am Staffelsee, Germany, aged 80.