Vladek Sheybal

Vladek Sheybal

69 (passed away Oct. 16th, 1992)
Mar. 12th, 1923
Born in
Zgierz, Poland

Vladek Sheybal's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
UFO (UK) TV Show
Callan (UK) TV Show
Callan (UK)
The Champions (UK) TV Show
The Champions (UK)
Smiley's People (UK) TV Show
Smiley's People (UK)
Napoleon and Love (UK) TV Show
Napoleon and Love (UK)
R3 (UK) TV Show
R3 (UK)
Dial M for Murder (UK) TV Show
Dial M for Murder (UK)
Quest of Eagles (UK) TV Show
Quest of Eagles (UK)
The Big Spender (UK) TV Show
The Big Spender (UK)
The Man in Room 17 (UK) TV Show
The Man in Room 17 (UK)

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Vladek Sheybal (born Władysław Rudolf Zbigniew Sheybal) was a Polish character actor, singer and director of both television and stage productions. He was well known for his portrayal of the chess grandmaster Kronsteen in the James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), a role for which he had been personally recommended by his friend Sean Connery, and as Otto Leipzig in Smiley's People (1982). He appeared in the film Kanał (1957, credited as Władysław Sheybal), directed by Andrzej Wajda, before emigrating to the United Kingdom. He also appeared as Holocaust survivor Egon Sobotnik in the television mini-series QB VII.
He had a dual role as "the Director" and as Pierre Louys in Ken Russell's The Debussy Film.
His other films include Casino Royale, Doppelgänger, The Last Valley, Puppet on a Chain, Innocent Bystanders, The Wind and the Lion, The Lady Vanishes, Fire and Sword and Red Dawn.
Sheybal's other TV credits include Z-Cars, Danger Man, The Troubleshooters, The Saint, The Human Jungle, The Baron, The Champions, Callan, Strange Report, UFO, The New Avengers, Supernatural, Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, Shōgun, Smiley's People, and The Man in Room 17.
In 1977, he won the Dracula Society's prestigious Hamilton Deane Award for his performance in the BBC play Night of the Marionettes, part of the Supernatural series, in which he played a sinister Austrian innkeeper whose life-size puppets supposedly inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Sheybal's final stage appearance was as Friedrich Nietzsche in the Pierre Bourgeade play The Eagle and the Serpent at London's Offstage Downstairs Theatre in 1988.

  • In the 1967 _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) episode "Tomb of the Cybermen" Sheybal was to have played the role of Klieg, but 'George Pastell' (qv) ultimately got the part.
  • Was chosen by director 'Terence Young' (qv), for his part as Kronsteen in the James Bond film _From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv), because of his special voice.
  • Was friends with 'Sean Connery' (qv), who convinced him to take the part of Kroonsteen in _From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv), Sheybal's first international film. The part brought him to the attention of other producers and launched his long career of playing villains in international productions.
  • Brother of assistant director 'Kazimierz Sheybal' (qv).

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