Prolific character actor who made a career out of playing suave villains. His films include The Battle of Austerlitz, The Seven Revenges, and Millions on the Island.
His first film appearance was in Koncert in 1954.
In a bizarre turn of events, he was elected to Parliament in Croatia in 1992.
His stepfather, who helped raise him, was the noted pianist and conductor Mladen Basic.
Both he and Peter Lorre were regarded as two of the best character actors of their generation.