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John Steiner is a Actor British born on 7 january 1941 at Chester (United-kingdom)

John Steiner

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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 7 january 1941 at Chester (United-kingdom)
Death 31 july 2022 (at 81 years)

John Steiner (born 7 January 1941 in Chester, Cheshire) is an English actor. Tall, thin and gaunt, Steiner attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked for a few years at the BBC. Steiner featured in a lead role in a television production of Design for Living by Noël Coward. Later he found further work primarily in films including Marat/Sade (1967), and the original Bedazzled (1967) with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. In 1969, Steiner was hired to play a part in the spaghetti western Tepepa, and also appeared opposite Franco Nero in White Fang, directed by Lucio Fulci. He found himself in demand in Italy and moved there, appearing in a great number of Italian exploitation and B-films including police actioners (Violent Rome), westerns (Mannaja), war films (The Last Hunter), nazisploitation (Deported Women of the SS Special Section), sci-fi adventure films (Yor, the Hunter from the Future), and horror films, such as Mario Bava's Shock, Dario Argento's Tenebrae, and Ruggero Deodato's Body Count. He also became a favourite of famed Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass, featuring in Salon Kitty, the infamous Caligula, Action, and Paprika.

Steiner was in very steady demand until the late 1980s. As the Italian film industry dwindled, Steiner retired from acting in 1991 and moved to California, where he became an estate agent.

Steiner has recently contributed to DVD extras on some of his films and given interviews about his Italian work.


John Steiner apprend le métier de comédien à la Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Sous la direction de Peter Brook, il tourne en 1967 le film Marat/Sade d’après la pièce de Peter Weiss, son premier rôle au cinéma.

En 1968, il apparaît dans le western-spaghetti Trois pour un massacre. John Steiner s'installe alors en Italie, où va se dérouler presque toute sa carrière. Il apparait fréquemment dans des rôles de méchants, principalement dans des films de genre sous la direction de réalisateurs comme Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento ou Antonio Margheriti.

Aux débuts des années 90, les engagements devenant plus rares, John Steiner décide de mettre fin a sa carrière d’acteur. Il quitte l’Italie pour les États-Unis et exerce ensuite la profession d'agent immobilier à Hollywood.

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Filmography of John Steiner (62 films)

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Paprika (1991)
, 1h43
Directed by Tinto Brass
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Erotic
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Debora Caprioglio, Stéphane Ferrara, Martine Brochard, Stéphane Bonnet, Nina Soldano, Riccardo Garrone
Roles Principe Ascanio Del Bardo
Rating56% 2.8075552.8075552.8075552.8075552.807555
In 1958, on the verge of the Merlin Law that makes brothels illegal, Mimma (Debora Caprioglio), a young country girl, comes to town and decides to work as a prostitute in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business, and is given the name Paprika at Madame Collette's (Martine Brochard) house. In the process she loses any sense of self-confidence and self-respect, but eventually she finds redemption, wealth and her one true love.
Sinbad of the Seven Seas, 1h33
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari, Luigi Cozzi
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Children's films
Actors Lou Ferrigno, John Steiner, Ennio Girolami, Alessandra Martines, Cork Hubbert, Massimo Vanni
Roles Jaffar
Rating43% 2.1557252.1557252.1557252.1557252.155725
In the city of Basra, the evil vizier Jaffar has clouded the caliph's mind and imprisoned his daughter, Princess Alina in order to marry her. Jaffar has four of the town's five sacred gems sent to dangerous and evil places where they will be carefully guarded by magical forces. Sinbad and his crew arrive at the caliph's palace, only to be captured by the hypnotised soldiers. Jaffar sentences Sinbad's crew to the torture chamber while the mighty sailor is to be locked in a pit full of snakes. Sinbad gets out of the snake pit using some snakes tied together into a rope and later rescues his companions from the torture chamber. As they flee the controlled Basra, Jaffar grants power from evil forces to help him kill Sinbad, this summons an evil cloud over Sinbad's ship and the Legions of Darkness, undead warriors. Together with the help of his friends, Sinbad manages to defeat the undead and the leader. Sinbad heads to a mysterious island to seek the help of a wise Oracle, who tells them the location of the four sacred gems of Basra. Then, he sails to an island and finds the gem by himself, he destroys a towering rock monster and retrieves the gem. Jaffar is joined by another ally, Soukra, a sorceress, and they prepare Jaffar's scheming plan. The second gem is on the island of the Amazons, the Amazons hypnotise Sinbad's crew and the Queen takes Sinbad with her. The Bald Cook and Poochie the dwarf save Sinbad and retrieves the second gem, the Queen's necklace. Next, Sinbad and his team head to the Isle of the Dead, where they battle Ghost Knights who have risen from the dead to fulfill their destiny. Sinbad goes for the Ghost King while his companions battle the Knights. Jaffar casts Sinbad's ship and his crew in the middle of the sea, leaving the sailor alone on the Isle of the Dead. Jaffar gives life to the Ghost King using his evil powers, and it weakens Sinbad, but he resists and destroys the Ghost King with his own sword and takes the third sacred gem. Later, Sinbad meets Kira, and her father, Nadir the wizard, two survivors on the Isle of the Dead who came there on a flying balloon. Sinbad agrees to help them get rid of the vicious monsters of the island and is aided by Kira, they encounter a group of ghouls, Sinbad fights them but Kira is captured by them. Sinbad rescues Kira but has to face a terrible monster able to fire bolts of energy from its wrists guarding the last sacred gem of Basra, Sinbad defeats the evil creature with the gems he has and retrieves the last one and they, along with Nadir escape the island on a balloon. Sinbad meets up with his companions and they go off to face Jaffar, Sinbad's men face off the soldiers while Sinbad battles Jaffar. The wizard creates an exact Sinbad clone to battle the sailor, but he manages to defeat it. Eventually, Jaffar is captured by Sinbad and Princess Alina is rescued. Peace has been restored to the world with the sacred gems.
Julia and Julia, 1h38
Directed by Peter Del Monte
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Kathleen Turner, Gabriel Byrne, Sting, Gabriele Ferzetti, Yorgo Voyagis, Angela Goodwin
Roles Alex
Rating54% 2.705532.705532.705532.705532.70553
Giulia est une jeune américaine devenue veuve lors de son voyage de noces suite à un tragique accident. Six ans plus tard, à Trieste dans l'espoir de retrouver sa vie de jeune épouse, elle commence à vivre un douloureux glissement entre réalité et imaginaire. Bouleversée, elle se perdra dans un enchevêtrement d'évènements et autres possibilités qui la mèneront au meurtre puis à l'internement psychiatrique.
The Night of the Sharks, 1h30
Directed by Tonino Ricci
Genres Drama, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about sharks
Actors Treat Williams, Christopher Connelly, John Steiner, Janet Ågren, Antonio Fargas, Nina Soldano
Roles Rosentski
Rating37% 1.8848951.8848951.8848951.8848951.884895
James Ziegler has spent five years of his life planning the perfect crime, planting covert listening device on the communication devices of influential mega rich businessman Mr Rosentski. His dream finally comes through when he records a sensitive conversation between Rosentski and the President of the United States; so sensitive that he demands $2 million in diamonds from Rosentski for a disc of the recording. The easy going Mr R pays James for the disc but his Public Relations Enforcer bungles an attempt to retrieve the disc, the diamonds and James who escapes with the disc, the diamonds and his life.
Appointment In Liverpool
Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana
Genres Drama
Actors Isabella Ferrari, Valeria Ciangottini, Lorenzo Flaherty, Ugo Conti, Marne Maitland, John Steiner
Roles British Police Inspector
Rating55% 2.755052.755052.755052.755052.75505
Caterina is a twenty-year-old girl from Cremona: her father died before her eyes in Brussels, a victim of the Heysel Stadium disaster. A British police inspector, determined to bring to justice all those responsible, after several years summons her again as an eyewitness as new elements have emerged. Caterina recognizes the murderer, a Liverpool taxi driver, but she prefers to remain silent as to track down the man in his hometown and take her revenge.
Striker (1987)

Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Frank Zagarino, John Phillip Law, Werner Pochath, John Steiner, Enzo G. Castellari
Roles Kariasin
Rating45% 2.29972.29972.29972.29972.2997
Aux États-Unis, John Slade est arrêté et emprisonné pour possession de drogue. Il nie farouchement, se dit la victime d'une machination et prétend que le sachet de cocaïne découvert a été glissé à son insu dans ses poches. Peu après son arrestation, des agents de la CIA lui proposent un marché : la fin des poursuites judiciaires contre l'engagement de libérer Frank Morris, un compatriote journaliste et l'un de ses amis, incarcéré dans les geôles sandinistes au Nicaragua. Il accepte le contrat et entre dans ce pays comme journaliste canadien où il retrouve Marta, un agent local, également sa coéquipière.
Body Count
Body Count (1987)
, 1h27
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about animals, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film
Actors Charles Napier, David Hess, Mimsy Farmer, Ivan Rassimov, Stefano Madia, Nancy Brilli
Roles Dr. Olsen
Rating48% 2.407682.407682.407682.407682.40768
The film begins as two students named Rosie and Tom excuse themselves from a basketball game and head to a campground where it is revealed that the campground was built on a haunted Indian burial ground, adopted by an ancient Indian shaman to watch over the ground site. After Tom and Rosie finish having sex, Rosie heads out and finds an abandoned police car, not knowing that the Shaman is watching her through the bushes. Rosie gets inside the police car, only for the Shaman to attack from behind the seat, causing Rosie to flee and in the progress, gets stabbed in the hand.
Great! (1986)
, 1h50
Directed by Carlo Verdone
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Carlo Verdone, Alberto Sordi, Mario Brega, John Steiner, Franca Dominici
Roles Mike Adams
Rating64% 3.247463.247463.247463.247463.24746
Rome. Oscar Pettinari, appelé affectueusement Troppo forte (trop fort) par ses amis, est un jeune banlieusard qui fréquente Cinecittà et rêve de devenir acteur de films d'action, ou à tout le moins de jouer les cascadeurs. Un matin, il est écarté de la sélection des figurants par un important producteur américain à cause de son aspect trop débonnaire, mais il fait la rencontre d'un avocat pour le moins particulier, le comte Giangiacomo Pigna Corelli Inselci. Avec l'aide de cet étrange personnage, Oscar met en scène un accident de moto pour piéger le producteur qui l'a écarté de son film, mais le destin fait en sorte qu'au volant de l'automobile qui l'aurait percuté se trouve non pas ledit producteur, mais bien Nancy, une jeune et ravissante actrice américaine (aussi amante de l'homme), qui perdra son rôle à la suite de cette histoire.
Cobra Mission
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Oliver Tobias, John Steiner, Ethan Wayne, Donald Pleasence, Gordon Mitchell, Luciano Pigozzi
Roles James Walcott
Rating50% 2.5248152.5248152.5248152.5248152.524815
Dix ans après la guerre du Vietnam, quatre anciens marines retournent sur place pour libérer des prisonniers que le gouvernement tente de faire oublier.
The Berlin Affair, 2h1
Directed by Liliana Cavani
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kevin McNally, Gudrun Landgrebe, Massimo Girotti, Mio Takaki, Mio Takaki, Hanns Zischler
Roles Oskar Engelhart
Rating54% 2.708512.708512.708512.708512.70851
Berlin 1938: Louise von Hollendorf is married to Heinz, a German senior diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She decides to take drawing lessons at the institute of Fine Arts. At the institute, Louise meets Mitsuko Matsugae, a young and alluring daughter of the Japanese Ambassador. Captivated by Mitsuko's beauty, Louise asks her to model for her sketching practice. Rumor spreads at the institute that the two women are romantically engaged. Rather than driving them apart the rumors bring the two friends closer together and soon they have a passionate affair. As Louise later confides to her former literature professor, "One moment we were laughing, the next, we were making love". They have their romantic encounters first at Louise's house and later at a seedy hotel. After spending more and more time together Louise falls in love with Mitsuko.
Commando Leopard, 1h40
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres War, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships
Actors Lewis Collins, Klaus Kinski, Luciano Pigozzi, John Steiner, Subas Herrero, Mike Monty
Roles Smithy
Rating50% 2.5249552.5249552.5249552.5249552.524955
In an unnamed Latin American dictatorship, a group of rebel freedom fighters fight to bring about a less oppressive society. The rebels, led by the enigmatic Enrique Carrasco (Collins) who has returned to his native land to fight, attack a hydro-electric dam. Along with Carrasco's native fighters are Smithy (Steiner), a British mercenary, and Maria, a native ex medical-student turned freedom fighter. After killing the security guards, Carrasco's men place explosives at a crucial point in the dam wall, when they blow the dam the resulting tidal surge destroys a nearby bridge that is carrying Government convoy.
A.D. (miniseries), 5h
Directed by Stuart Cooper
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Anthony Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava Gardner, David Hedison, John Houseman, Richard Kiley
Roles Simon der Magier
Rating71% 3.584013.584013.584013.584013.58401
The story tells the life histories about Saint Peter and Paul of Tarsus after the crucifixion of Jesus, and their individual fates in old Rome in the time of the persecution of Christians. Events in the New Testament Book of Acts by Luke and in the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius are dramatized and interwoven with the contrasting histories of political intrigues in the public and private lives of the Caesars from Tiberius through Nero related in The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, together with the fictional drama of the lives of two Jews and two Romans: Caleb the Zealot and his sister Sarah, and Julius Valerius the Imperial Guard and Corinna the patrician woman who has chosen to be a gladiator.