Austrian movie stars died in 2004

Here are 6 famous actors from Austria died in 2004:

Eduard Linkers

Eduard Linkers (October 11, 1912 Chernivtsi-April 3, 2004 Wartenberg) also known as Eduard Linker, Edward Linkers or Ludwig Linkers was an Austrian actor.

Throughout his career, Eduard Linkers appeared in numerous German and Austrian films, stage plays and television series. He started his acting career in the late 1930s and gained recognition for his roles in movies like "The Tortuous Way" and "The Grinning Face." He was also a prominent figure in the German theater scene, with appearances in stage productions of "King Lear" and "The Glass Menagerie."

Born in Chernivtsi, which is now part of Ukraine, Eduard Linkers grew up in an Austrian-speaking family. He initially pursued law studies but later shifted his focus to acting, training at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts. During World War II, he served in the German Wehrmacht as an interpreter and was briefly held as a prisoner of war by the Soviets.

After the war, Linkers resumed his acting career, starring in films such as "The Third Man" and "The White Hell of Pitz Palu." Later in his career, he transitioned to television, with roles in series such as "Alpha-Team" and "Derrick."

Eduard Linkers was also a well-known voice actor, lending his voice to the German-dubbed versions of Hollywood classics like "Ben-Hur" and "The Magnificent Seven." He was awarded the Cross of Honor for Science and Art by the Austrian government for his contributions to the performing arts.

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Herb Andress

Herb Andress (January 10, 1935 Bad Goisern-April 8, 2004 Munich) also known as Herbert Andreas Greunz, Herbert Andress, Herb Andreas or Herbert Andreas was an Austrian actor.

He began his acting career in the mid-1950s in Germany and became known for his roles in several European films such as "The Inheritance" (1962) and "The Blue Max" (1966). In addition to his film work, Andress also appeared on stage and television, including the popular German crime series "Tatort". He was also a talented painter and exhibited his paintings in several exhibitions throughout his career. Despite being mostly recognized for his work in Germany and Austria, Andress also made appearances in several Hollywood productions, including "The Longest Day" (1962) and "The Hawaiians" (1970). He passed away in 2004 at the age of 69 in Munich.

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O. W. Fischer

O. W. Fischer (April 1, 1915 Klosterneuburg-January 29, 2004 Lugano) a.k.a. Otto Wilhelm Fischer or Otto W. Fischer was an Austrian actor, film director, writer and etymologist.

Fischer began his acting career in the Vienna Burgtheater and eventually became a leading man in German cinema during the 1940s and 1950s. Some of his notable films include "Seine Hoheit, der Eintänzer," "Salzburg Stories," and "Casta Diva."

Aside from his work in film and theater, Fischer was also a prolific writer, having authored several etymology books, including "Die Große Sandoz-Enzyklopädie" and "Redensarten und was dahintersteckt," which explored the history and meaning behind common expressions in the German language.

Fischer was awarded the Bambi Award for Best Actor in 1953 and the Cross of Merit for Science and Art from the Republic of Austria in 1970.

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Carl Esmond

Carl Esmond (June 14, 1902 Vienna-December 4, 2004 Brentwood) otherwise known as Willy Eichberger, Charles Esmond, Willi Eichberger, Willy Eichberger-Esmond or Carl Caesar Willy Simon was an Austrian actor.

Esmond began his acting career in the theater, but it was his appearance in the film "The Broken Melody" in 1934 that launched his career in cinema. He continued to act in films throughout Europe before moving to the United States in the 1940s. He appeared in numerous films during the 1940s and 1950s, including "The Big Shot" and "The Spanish Main." In addition to his film work, Esmond also appeared on television, including episodes of "Maverick" and "Perry Mason." He continued to act into his 90s, with his final role being in the 1992 film "The Long Day Closes." Outside of acting, Esmond was also a linguist and fluent in several languages, including German, French, and English. He was married twice and had two children.

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Gerhard Riedmann

Gerhard Riedmann (March 24, 1925 Vienna-February 9, 2004 Kematen in Tirol) otherwise known as Gerhard Reidmann or Gerhard Anton Riedmann was an Austrian actor.

He appeared in over 60 films throughout his career which started in the 1940s. Some of his notable films include "The Trapp Family" and "The Trapp Family in America", both of which were based on the real-life von Trapp family that inspired "The Sound of Music". He was also a popular actor in Germany and Switzerland, where he starred in numerous successful films. Aside from his film career, Riedmann was also well-known for his work in theater and television. He was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art in 1994 for his contributions to the arts.

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Walt Gorney

Walt Gorney (April 12, 1912 Vienna-March 5, 2004 New York City) otherwise known as Walter Gorney was an Austrian actor.

He is best known for his role as Crazy Ralph in the horror movie franchise "Friday the 13th". Prior to becoming an actor, Gorney worked as a carpenter and was also a skilled pianist. He began his acting career in the theater, performing on Broadway and off-Broadway. In addition to his memorable role in "Friday the 13th", he appeared in several other films, including "The Sentinel" and "Trading Places". Gorney was also a skilled photographer, and his work was exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. He continued acting and performing music until his death at the age of 91.

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