Reggie Nalder

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Reggie Nalder (September 4, 1907 – November 19, 1991), born Alfred Reginald Natzler was a prolific film and television character actor from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. His distinctive features—partially the result of disfiguring burns—together with a haunting style and demeanor led to his being called "The Face That Launched a Thousand Trips".

Life and career[edit]

Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, he was the son of actor and operetta singer Sigmund Natzler (1862-1913). As a young man he performed at second-rate Vienna theatres and from the 1930s in several cabarets in Paris. After World War II he worked for the German language service of the BBC.

Nalder is perhaps best remembered for his roles as an assassin in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much, the vampire Barlow in the 1979 filmed version of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, and the Andorian ambassador Shras in the Star Trek episode "Journey to Babel." Nalder also appeared (at the request of star Frank Sinatra) in a brief, uncredited role as a communist spymaster in John Frankenheimer's 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate. He also had a brief role in the 1981 Walt Disney film The Devil and Max Devlin. In an interview, Nalder claimed that he couldn't stand working with Bill Cosby who was the star of the film. He called him "untalented", "rude" and a "pig".[1]

Nalder's television work also included episodes of the series 77 Sunset Strip, It Takes A Thief, Surfside Six, Boris Karloff's Thriller ("The Terror In Teakwood" and "The Return Of Andrew Bentley"), McCloud and I Spy. In 1979 Nalder appeared as the lead vampire Kurt Barlow in the TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel Salem's Lot. This depiction of Barlow resembled the original Nosferatu, in being physically gruesome, bald, and sporting talons and gnarled fangs.

Nalder was also credited as "Detlef Van Berg" in the X rated films Dracula Sucks (aka Lust At First Bite) (1978) and Blue Ice (1985). He died of bone cancer in Santa Monica, California.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Interview with David Del Valle". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 

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