The 1st Time In 20 Years I’ve Spotted This… – ManlyMovie

The 1st Time In 20 Years I’ve Spotted This…


Since Die Hard is one of the manliest movies of all time and I’m supposed to know every detail of it, it has only taken me well over 20 years to spot this.  Although I’m sure others have long since known about this and probably rightly lament my missing it, it’s new and cool to me.

Above is Wilhelm von Homburg, who played the villain Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters II.

But as we see above, Hans Gruber really could pick ’em!  He’s also James, one of Gruber’s men who operate the crew-served recoil-less ant- tank rifle (which John McTiernan designed himself, fuckin’ love that trivia) on the armoured car.

I dunno man, I just never knew this.  Maybe others didn’t as well.  In my defence, I’ll put it down to the Ghosbusters II makeup department.

Wilhelm von Homburg led an ‘interesting’ life, hanging out with Hells Angels, allegedly raping his own stepmother, performing as a wrestler, hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger (whom his father trained with) and eventually dying alone, homeless having been riddled with cancer.


  1. Saverio

    November 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I think he was a pro wrestler in Germany in the 50’s if I heard right. Yeah I remember seeing him in Die Hard & thinking, “hmmmm, son of a bitch, its Viggo”

    • Jacob Phillips

      November 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      I never would’ve noticed this just from watching the film.

  2. Jacob Phillips

    November 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I read about this guy recently, cool trivia. What’s more, Ghostbusters 2 is underated, for me it’s always been as good as the original.

  3. jim

    November 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    He was a boxer.Sounds like one of those guys who would be hounded off the screen today by the twitter nazis..Here’s an interview with him on German TV after losing a fight.

  4. Mucho Macho

    November 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Yep..A cool group if you ask me.
    Even bad guys were cooler & manlier in the 80s.
    Compare these guys to the bad guys of part 5.

  5. Mucho Macho

    November 1, 2016 at 11:38 pm

  6. Mucho Macho

    November 1, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Clarence Gilyard who played Theo in Die Hard went on to become the loyal sidekick of Master Chuck Norris in Walker Texas Ranger.

  7. Andymovieman

    November 2, 2016 at 12:46 am

    It would’ve been good to see him in a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison ford, Sylvester Stallone, etc., but may he rest in peace. He was great in die hard and ghostbusters 2.


    November 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

    So this is news really u never noticed