Sandor Elès passed away 11 years ago today. On this blog we especially remember him for his film roles 1,000 Convicts and a Woman (1971), Countess Dracula (1971); and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). His better known television roles were Upstairs, Downstairs (1973); and multiple roles in both The Saint and The Avengers in the mid-1960s.
Born in 1936 in Hungary, he overcame a difficult childhood before coming into his own as an actor: he lost both parents during World War II, then after the Hungarian Uprising against the Soviet Union, he was forced to relocate to the UK, which is where he started his acting career.
Actually, that is a bit of speculation on my part–his life and any career he had started before his emigration, which would have been when he was about 20 is mainly unknown to us.
At any rate, watch a classic Hammer horror films today to celebrate Elès’s life.