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David Bauer (actor)

David Bauer (actor)
as Morton Slumber in Diamonds Are Forever
Personal information
Birth dateMarch 6, 1917
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Date of deathJuly 13, 1974(age 57)
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1958-1974

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David Bauer (March 6, 1917 - July 13, 1974) was an American actor, a Chicagoan, who was based primarily in Britain. He was chosen as the most promising actor at Washington University and his professional career began immediately after graduating. Plays in which he appeared included A Sound of Hunting, The Inspector General, Volpone, The Iceman Cometh and Children of Darkness. He appeared as Doc in the London stage production of West Side Story at Her Majesty's Theatre.

Though born in the United States, he left his native country due to McCarthyism and settled in Britain. He appeared in The Baron, The Champions (where he provided opening narration for each episode), The Avengers, Department S, Gideon's Way, Jason King, The Prisoner, The Protectors, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Saint, and Strange Report.

He appeared in films such as Patton, Inspector Clouseau, Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. He was not that well-known so in most of these films, like You Only Live Twice and Spy, his part is minor or even uncredited.)Ironically in light of his reasons for leaving the United States for Britain, "Living in Harmony", the episode of The Prisoner in which he appeared as The Judge/Number Two, was banned in the series' original run on American television, supposedly due to drug use but more likely because of the political commentary on the Vietnam War that could be read into the episode.

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