David Bauer (born Herman Bernard Waldman, 6 March 1917 – 8 February 1973) 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, Strange Report, and Undermind.
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.
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.
Bauer was married to British actress Stella Tanner until his death in 1973.
Bauer worked in Hollywood under the name David Wolfe until being blacklisted. As a result, the Internet Movie Database and other online sources confuse many of his film credits with fictional actor David Wolfe.
|1948||The Vicious Circle||Lieber||as Herman Waldman|
|1949||The Undercover Man||Stanley Weinburg||as David Wolfe|
|1949||House of Strangers||Prosecutor||Uncredited|
|1949||Slattery’s Hurricane||Dr. Ross||Uncredited|
|1949||Flaming Fury||Tony Polacheck||as David Wolfe|
|1949||Sword in the Desert||Gershon||as David Wolfe|
|1949||Tokyo Joe||Photo Sergeant||Uncredited|
|1949||A Dangerous Profession||Matthew Dawson||as David Wolfe|
|1949||Bagdad||Mahmud||as David Wolfe|
|1950||Prisoners in Petticoats||Sam Clark||as David Wolfe|
|1950||Appointment with Danger||David Goodman||as David Wolfe|
|1950||Where the Sidewalk Ends||Sid Kramer, Scalise Hood||Uncredited|
|1951||I Can Get It for You Wholesale||Speaker on Dais||Uncredited|
|1951||Smuggler’s Island||Lorca||as David Wolfe|
|1951||The Mark of the Renegade||Landlord||as Dave Wolfe|
|1951||Kansas Raiders||Rudolph Tate||as Dave Wolfe|
|1951||The Scarf||Level Louie||as David Wolfe|
|1951||The Guest (Short)||Martin Androvitch||as David Wolfe|
|1952||5 Fingers||Da Costa||Uncredited|
|1952||The Cimarron Kid||Sam Swanson||as David Wolfe|
|1952||The Iron Mistress||James Black||Uncredited|
|1952||Wait ‘Til the Sun Shines, Nellie||Sam Eichenbogen||Uncredited|
|1952||Bloodhounds of Broadway||Counsel||Uncredited|
|1954||Salt of the Earth||Barton||as David Wolfe|
|1962||Flat Two||Emil louba|
|1963||Live It Up!||Mark Watson|
|1964||Man in the Middle||Colonel Mayburt|
|1964||Walk a Tightrope||Ed|
|1965||The Spy Who Came in from the Cold||Young Judge||Uncredited|
|1967||The Double Man||Andrew Miller|
|1967||You Only Live Twice||American Diplomat||Uncredited|
|1967||Torture Garden||Mike Charles||(segment 2 “Terror Over Hollywood”)|
|1968||Dark of the Sun||Adams||(UK title: The Mercenaries)|
|1968||Inspector Clouseau||Police Chief Geffrion|
|1969||Crooks and Coronets||Jack|
|1969||The Royal Hunt of the Sun||Villac Umu|
|1970||Patton||Lieutenant General Harry Buford|
|1971||Fun and Games||Gribney|
|1971||Diamonds Are Forever||Morton Slumber|
|1972||Endless Night||Uncle Frank|
|1974||Road Movie||Harry||(final film role)|