Joseph Furst

Last updated 09 January 2020

Joseph Furst (1916-2005)
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Joseph Furst

Born: Sunday 13th February 1916
Died: Tuesday 29th November 2005 (age: 89)


Joseph F├╝rst was an Austrian international film and television actor known for his English language roles.

Furst was regularly featured in UK television drama series of the 1960s and early 1970s with appearances in The SaintThe ChampionsDoomwatchThe Persuaders!, and as the mad (and well remembered) Professor Zaroff in the Doctor Who story The Underwater Menace. Many people believe his accent in this role to have been put on; this is incorrect, it is in fact his real accent.

Joseph Furst's notable film appearances included 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), Inn of the Damned (1975), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as Dr Metz.

He emigrated to Australia and starting in the mid 1970s acted in several guest roles on Australian television drama series. His roles included several appearances in the top-rated police drama Division 4 produced by Crawford Productions in the 1970s. He also had on-going roles in soap opera Number 96 in 1976 as deli owner Carlo Lenzi who romanced Norma Whittaker (Sheila Kennelly), and as Heinrik Smeaton in The Young Doctors in 1979. He later guest starred in four episodes of A Country Practice in the early 1980s.

Joseph was interviewed by Dwayne Bunney and Dallas Jones for "Loose Cannon" and spoke about his career in an interview to be an extra feature for the reconstruction of the missing Doctor Who story "The Underwater Menace". This interview took place shortly before his death.

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