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Steven Berkoff is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter British born on 3 august 1937 at Stepney (United-kingdom)

Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff
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Birth name Leslie Steven Berks
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 3 august 1937 (83 years) at Stepney (United-kingdom)

Steven Berkoff (born 3 August 1937) is an English actor, author, playwright and theatre director. As an actor, he is best known for his performances in villainous roles, such as Lt. Col Podovsky in Rambo: First Blood Part II, General Orlov in the James Bond film Octopussy, Victor Maitland in Beverly Hills Cop and Adolf Hitler in the TV mini-series War and Remembrance.

Biography

Berkoff lives with his partner, Clara Fisher, in London.


Defamation lawsuit
In 1996, Berkoff won Berkoff v. Burchill, a libel civil action that he brought against Sunday Times journalist Julie Burchill after she published comments suggesting that he was "hideously ugly". The judge ruled for Berkoff, finding that Burchill's actions "held him to ridicule and contempt."


Political and religious views
Berkoff has spoken and written about how he believes Jews and Israel to be regarded in Britain. In a January 2009 interview with The Jewish Chronicle, in which he discussed anti-Israel sentiment in the aftermath of the Gaza War, he said:






There is an in-built dislike of Jews. Overt antisemitism goes against the British sense of fair play. It has to be covert and civilised. So certain playwrights and actors on the left wing make themselves out to be stricken with conscience. They say: 'We hate Israel, we hate Zionism, we don't hate Jews.' But Zionism is the very essence of what a Jew is. Zionism is the act of seeking sanctuary after years and years of unspeakable outrages against Jews. As soon as Israel does anything over the top it's always the same old faces who come out to demonstrate. I don't see hordes of people marching down the street against Mugabe when tens of thousands are dying every month in Zimbabwe.




Interviewer Simon Round noted that Berkoff was also keen to express his view that right-wing Israeli politicians, such as Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu, were "wretched". Asked if British antisemitism manifested itself in theatre, Berkoff responded: "They quite like diversity and will tolerate you as long as you act a bit Gentile and don't throw your chicken soup around too much. You are perfectly entitled occasionally even to touch the great prophet of British culture, Shakespeare, as long as you keep your Jewishness well zipped up." Berkoff also referred to the Gaza war as a factor in writing Biblical Tales: "It was the recent 'Gaza' war and the appalling flack that Israel received that prompted me to investigate ancient Jewish values."
Speaking to The Jewish Chronicle in May 2010, Berkoff criticised the Bible but added, "it inspires the Jews to produce Samsons and heroes and to have pride". Berkoff went on to say of the Talmud in the same article: "As Jews, we are so incredibly lucky to have the Talmud, to have a way of re-interpreting the Torah. So we no longer cut off hands, and slay animals, and stone women."

In a Daily Telegraph travel article written while visiting Israel in 2007, Berkoff described Melanie Phillips' book Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within, as "quite overwhelming in its research and common sense. It grips me throughout the journey."

In 2012, Berkoff, with others, wrote in support of Israel's national theatre, Habima, performing in London.

Best films

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
(Actor)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
(Actor)
The Tourist (2010)
(Actor)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
(Actor)
Octopussy (1983)
(Actor)
Riders (2002)
(Actor)

Usually with

Billy Murray
Billy Murray
(5 films)
Ricky Grover
Ricky Grover
(2 films)
Joan Collins
Joan Collins
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Steven Berkoff (60 films)

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Actor

Creation Stories
Directed by Nick Moran
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Ewen Bremner, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Everett, Suki Waterhouse, Jason Flemyng, Paul Kaye

Voici l'histoire d'Alan McGee, magnat de la musique, du jour où il arrête sa scolarité à l'âge de 16 ans pour ensuite créer la fameuse boite branchée de Londres appelée le « Living Room » ainsi que son label Creation Records qui auront un très gros impact sur la Culture britannique.
Manhattan Night, 1h53
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Steven Berkoff, Linda Lavin
Roles Hobbs
Rating61% 3.0979253.0979253.0979253.0979253.097925
Une femme engage un journaliste réputé, Porter Wren, pour qu'il enquête sur la mort de son époux. Leur liaison et l'enquête mettent en danger la famille du journaliste, manipulé par la mystérieuse veuve...
We Still Kill the Old Way
Directed by Sacha Bennett
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Crime
Actors Ian Ogilvy, Alison Doody, Lysette Anthony, James Cosmo, Christopher Ellison, Steven Berkoff
Roles Charlie
Rating59% 2.999722.999722.999722.999722.99972
A retired East End gangster, Ritchie Archer, returns to London from Spain to investigate the murder of his brother, Charlie, by a violent street gang.
RED 2
RED 2 (2013)
, 1h56
Directed by Dean Parisot
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins
Roles Cobb
Rating65% 3.2990753.2990753.2990753.2990753.299075
Three years after the previous film, while trying to lead a normal life with girlfriend Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is approached by Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), who claims people are still after them, but Frank dismisses him. After appealing a second time, Marvin drives off, and his car explodes. Although Frank does not believe Marvin is dead, Sarah convinces him to go to Marvin's funeral where he delivers a teary-eyed eulogy. After the funeral, a group of government agents approach Frank and take him to be interrogated at a Yankee White Facility. During the interrogation, Jack Horton (Neal McDonough) appears with an armed SWAT team, kills most of the facility's personnel, and tells Frank that he will torture Sarah until he gets information out of Frank. Frank escapes from the room, evades Horton's assassins, and with the sudden timely help of Marvin, who turns out to be alive, goes on the run with Sarah. Marvin explains that he and Frank are being hunted because they were listed as participants in a Clandestine operation codenamed Nightshade, conducted during the Cold War to smuggle a nuclear weapon into Russia piece by piece. Horton has convinced world agencies that Frank and his crew are terrorists and must be stopped. Victoria (Helen Mirren) calls, telling Frank she has been contracted by MI6 to kill the three of them. Meanwhile, top contract killer Han Cho-Bai (Lee Byung-hun), whom Horton knows is seeking revenge on Frank, is also hired.
Strippers Vs. Werewolves, 1h33
Directed by Simon Phillips, Billy Murray
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Ali Bastian, Martin Compston, Sarah Douglas, Alan Ford, Billy Murray, Barbara Nedeljáková
Roles Flett
Rating30% 1.5234651.5234651.5234651.5234651.523465
When Mickey, the member of a werewolf gang is accidentally killed in a strip club, the girls who work there, under the tutelege of Peter Murray, have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2h38
Directed by David Fincher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Serial killer films, Rape and revenge films
Actors Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Yorick van Wageningen, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff
Roles Dirch Frode
Rating77% 3.897073.897073.897073.897073.89707
In Stockholm, Sweden, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, co-owner of Millennium magazine, has lost a libel case brought against him by businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström. Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant but troubled investigator and hacker, compiles an extensive background check on Blomkvist for business magnate Henrik Vanger, who has a special task for him. In exchange for the promise of damning information about Wennerström, Blomkvist agrees to investigate the disappearance and assumed murder of Henrik's grandniece, Harriet, 40 years ago. After moving to the Vanger family's compound, Blomkvist uncovers a notebook containing a list of names and numbers that no one has been able to decipher.
Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, 1h34
Directed by Ricky Grover
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Steven Berkoff, Peter Capaldi, Ricky Grover, Omid Djalili, Laila Morse, Bashy
Roles Guru Shah
Rating35% 1.7762051.7762051.7762051.7762051.776205
The film begins with Bulla (Ricky Grover), a well known dangerous criminal, being released from prison after serving 16 years for burglary. However, as soon as he is released back into society, he finds himself being followed by a film crew. With the world at his fingertips, Bulla returns home to find that everything he was once part of has been taken over by corrupt police officer Conrad (Eddie Webber), the man who put Bulla behind bars. Bulla vows to regain everything that was once his—and begins his offensive by being interviewed on national television by Michael Parkinson.
Moving Target
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller
Actors Steven Berkoff, Paul McGann, Lou Doillon, Meredith Ostrom, Colin Salmon, Francesca Annis
Roles Lawrence Masters
Rating72% 3.6143553.6143553.6143553.6143553.614355
On the hottest day of a sweltering London summer, Steve Lynch must repay a £1,000,000 loan by 5pm, or lose everything he has ever worked for. An outrageous wager offers him a solution: run from North to South West London in less than two hours. But the events and people he encounters along the way will change his life forever.
The Tourist, 1h39
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romantic comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Actors Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell
Roles Reginald Shaw
Rating60% 3.001783.001783.001783.001783.00178
An English woman, Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie), is being followed by French Police who are working with Scotland Yard under the direction of Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany). Acheson has spent years hunting Alexander Pearce, a lover of Elise, who owes £744 million in back taxes, and is believed to have received plastic surgery to alter his appearance. At a Parisian cafe, Elise receives written instructions from Pearce: Board the train to Venice; pick out a man; let the police believe that he is Pearce. Elise burns the note, evades the police and boards the train.
Dead Cert
Dead Cert (2010)
, 1h32
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Vampires in film
Actors Perry Benson, Steven Berkoff, Lisa McAllister, Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass, Jason Flemyng
Roles Kenneth Mason
Rating36% 1.8234551.8234551.8234551.8234551.823455
Freddy Frankham (Craig Fairbrass) thought he was out of the gangland world, a retired boxer, Freddy now owns a successful “gentlemen’s” nightclub. But when a gang of Romanian drug dealers, led by the enigmatic Dante Livienko (Billy Murray), move into London, the stakes are too good to resist one last gamble.
The Big I Am
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Michael Madsen, Vincent Regan, Steven Berkoff, Robert Fucilla, Beatrice Rosen, Paul Kaye
Roles The MC
Rating53% 2.654312.654312.654312.654312.65431
"A cruel twist of fate catapults small time crook Mickey Skinner into the big league, as head of a brutal London gang, poised on the brink of a lucrative deal."
44 Inch Chest, 1h35
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley
Roles Tippi Gordon
Rating58% 2.901032.901032.901032.901032.90103
Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) is a successful car salesman who, after a discovering his wife Liz is having an affair, has an emotional breakdown. His friends convince him to kidnap his wife's lover and then encourage him to torture and kill him.
At World's End, 1h35
Directed by Tomas Villum Jensen
Origin Danemark
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Steven Berkoff, Ulf Pilgaard, Matthias Hues
Roles Jack Pudovski
Rating59% 2.9500052.9500052.9500052.9500052.950005
During the filming of a nature programme in the Indonesian rain forest, a British TV crew discover a rare white flower, but are attacked and killed by a Danish hermit, Severin Geertsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Severin, who is sentenced to death for the crime, claims he is 129 years old and that it is the leaves of the flower that have kept him young. Criminal psychiatrist Adrian (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his assistant, Beate (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) are sent to Indonesia by the Danish authorities to mentally examine Severin. Although the claim that the flower gives eternal life sounds like a hoax, within hours Adrian, Severin and Beate are fleeing from international fortune hunters and the Indonesian army, who all want to acquire the flower.