The German actor first caught the attention and entered cinema's legend when he appeared on screen, dressed as Marlene Dietrich, in Luchino Visconti's The Damned, in 1969. The lover of the director, the stunningly beautiful blonde and blue-eyed actor specialised in tortured or twisted characters in such films as Ludwig, in 1972 and The Romantic Englishwoman, in 1975. An alternative to Alain Delon during the 1960s and 1970s with his more feminine and melancholic looks, Helmut Berger’s career rapidly declined when he lost his mentor and love of his life, in 1976. From then, he mostly appeared in German productions, obtained a small part in The Godfather, Part III and appeared in Dynasty, in 1984. The actor who had once been engaged to Marisa Berenson embodied the liberated generation of the Swinging Sixties, a period he difficultly abandoned, he, who still admits to be in mourning of Luchino Visconti.