Albert Paulsen

Albert Paulsen’s pronounced accent and clipped manner may have marked him as German, Austrian or some East European nationality–roles he played often–but he was actually born in Guyaquil, Ecuador, in 1925. Although he did appear in some films and on stage, he was mainly a television actor, with numerous appearances in dramas and action shows, especially in such series as Mission: Impossible (1966) and Combat! (1962), and played a succession of Communist spies, Russian generals, East European dictators, Nazi officers and the like. However, he did show up once on the comedy series The Odd Couple (1970) playing a European opera star who wasn’t quite as uptight as everyone thought he was. He died in his sleep in Los Angeles, CA, in 2004.

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