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Oscar Beregi, Jr.

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Birth dateMay 12, 1918
Place of birthBudapest, Hungary
Date of deathNovember 1, 1976(age 58)
Death placeLos Angeles, California
OccupationFilm, television actor

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Oscar Beregi, Jr. (May 12, 1918 - November 1, 1976) was a Hungarian-born film and television actor. He was the son of actor Oscar Beregi, Sr. but was often billed simply as Oscar Beregi.

Despite a major recurring role as fictional gang lord Joe Kulak on The Untouchables, Beregi may be best remembered as Captain Lutze in the classic Twilight Zone episode "Deaths-Head Revisited." The show featured Beregi as a former Dachau commandant who returns to the concentration camp to relive old memories, only to be confronted by the spirits of prisoners he brutalized. The episode is memorably stark and graphic, and, despite the presence of the eminent actor Joseph Schildkraut as the prisoner who accuses him, it is a rare showcase for Beregi as he faces his accuser and descends into insanity. Host Rod Serling named Beregi along with Schildkraut when promoting the episode following the conclusion of the previous week's, an unusual career distinction for the actor, who often played minor roles and was billed accordingly.

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, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, and Get Smart.

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

He 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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