German actors who deceased at age 58

Here are 9 famous actors from Germany died at 58:

Alfred Abel

Alfred Abel (March 12, 1879 Leipzig-December 12, 1937 Berlin) also known as Alfred Peter Abel or The Lewis Stone of German Pictures was a German actor, film director and film producer. He had one child, Ursula Abel.

Alfred Abel began his acting career on stage in the early 1900s and subsequently transitioned to film in the 1910s. He gained international recognition for his portrayal of the character Joh Fredersen in Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece "Metropolis" in 1927. Apart from acting, Abel also directed and produced several films, including "The Master of Nuremberg" in 1927. His career spanned over two decades and he worked with some of the biggest names in German cinema such as Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, and F.W. Murnau. Abel was also a prominent member of the Deutsche Filmkunst, a group that advocated for film as an art form. However, his career came to an abrupt end with the rise of the Nazi regime, which forced him to retire from the film industry. Abel died in 1937 in Berlin at the age of 58.

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Bruno Frank

Bruno Frank (June 13, 1887 Stuttgart-June 20, 1945 Beverly Hills) also known as Frank Bruno or Bruno Sebald Frank was a German novelist, author, actor and playwright.

He died as a result of myocardial infarction.

Frank's literary work often explored themes of German culture and society, with an emphasis on the struggles of individuals caught between conflicting forces. His most famous novel, "Kameraden," was a tale of two young German soldiers during World War I, and was later adapted into a successful play. Frank himself was also an accomplished actor, having appeared in several silent films during the 1920s. He emigrated to the United States in 1933 to escape Nazi persecution, and continued his writing career there until his death. Despite achieving much critical acclaim during his lifetime, Bruno Frank's legacy and contributions to German literature are often overlooked today.

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Ulrich Schamoni

Ulrich Schamoni (November 9, 1939 Berlin-March 9, 1998 Berlin) also known as Ulli Schamoni or Paul Papra was a German film director, screenwriter, actor, television director and media proprietor. His child is Ulrike Schamoni.

He died as a result of cancer.

Schamoni began his career as an actor in the theater and on television before delving into film direction. He is considered one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema movement along with directors such as Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Schamoni's films often explored topics such as youth culture, music, and social issues, and were known for their experimental and unconventional style.

Some of Schamoni's notable films include "Es" ("It") (1966), "Chapeau Claque" (1969), and "Zum Teufel mit der Penne" ("To Hell with School") (1968). In addition to his work in film, Schamoni also founded the media company Schamoni Film & Media GmbH in Berlin.

Schamoni's legacy continues to be celebrated in German cinema, and in 2017 the Berlinale Film Festival held a retrospective of his work.

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Harald Paulsen

Harald Paulsen (August 26, 1895 Elmshorn-August 4, 1954 Hamburg) also known as Harald Lambertz-Paulsen, Harry Lamberts-Paulsen, Harry Lambertz-Paulsen or Harald Johannes David Paulsen was a German actor and film director. He had one child, Uwe Paulsen.

Born in Elmshorn, Germany, Harald Paulsen began his acting career in 1913 in the theater. He later transitioned to film and appeared in over 120 movies over the course of his career. He was particularly known for his roles in comedic films, often playing the funny sidekick or bumbling protagonist. Some of his most famous films include "Die Feuerzangenbowle" (1944) and "Münchhausen" (1943).

In addition to acting, Paulsen also directed several films, including "Viel Lärm um Nixi" (1942) and "Skandal um die Fledermaus" (1949). Despite his success in the industry, Paulsen faced some challenges due to his refusal to join the Nazi party. This led to him being banned from appearing in films for a time during the Third Reich.

Paulsen passed away in 1954 in Hamburg, Germany at the age of 58.

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Raimund Harmstorf

Raimund Harmstorf (October 7, 1939 Hamburg-May 3, 1998 Marktoberdorf) also known as Raymund Harmstorf, Raymond Harmstorf or Lance Boyle was a German actor.

He died as a result of suicide.

Harmstorf began his acting career in 1963, appearing in a small role in the film "Schwarzer Markt der Liebe". He went on to star in numerous films and television shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including the popular television series "Der Seewolf" (The Sea Wolf) in which he played the lead role of van Weyden. He was widely recognized for his rugged and handsome appearance, as well as his powerful and nuanced performances.

Despite his success as an actor, Harmstorf struggled with personal demons and battled addiction throughout his life. In 1998, he tragically took his own life at the age of 58. Despite his untimely death, his legacy as one of Germany's greatest actors continues to endure.

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Erwin Biegel

Erwin Biegel (March 25, 1896 Berlin-May 24, 1954 Berlin) was a German actor.

He began his acting career in the silent movie era and later transitioned to talking films. Biegel appeared in over 80 films throughout his career, with notable performances in "Kolberg" (1945) and "Des Teufels General" (1955). He was known for his versatility in playing both comedic and dramatic roles. Biegel also had a successful career on stage, appearing in numerous productions in Berlin, Vienna, and Hamburg. He was married to actress Vera Schmiterlöw and had a daughter, actress Gisela Trowe. Biegel passed away at the age of 58 due to a heart attack.

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Karl Hannemann

Karl Hannemann (March 4, 1895 Freiberg-November 13, 1953 Berlin) also known as Carl Hannemann was a German actor.

His career started in the 1920s where he appeared in silent films such as "Homunculus" and "Nosferatu", where he played small roles. He gained popularity in the 1930s when he starred in films like "Der Dschungel ruft" and "Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war". During World War II, he continued to act and appeared in several propaganda films, which was a common practice during that time. After the war, he continued to work in films and television but struggled to regain his pre-war popularity. Hannemann died on November 13, 1953, in Berlin, Germany.

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Leo Peukert

Leo Peukert (August 26, 1885 Munich-January 6, 1944 Waldshut-Tiengen) otherwise known as Leonhard „Leo“ Peukert was a German actor and film director.

Peukert began his career in the silent film era of German cinema in the 1910s as an actor, appearing in films such as "Der gepuderte Affe" (1916) and "Zwischen Flammen und Fluten" (1917). He later transitioned to directing and became known for his work on the films "Die Pantherbraut" (1920), "Roman eines Schicksallosen" (1920), and "Das indische Grabmal" (1921). Peukert continued to direct films through the 1920s and 1930s, with his last credit being "Achtung! - Auto-Diebe!" (1930). In addition to his work in film, Peukert was also a stage actor and director, working at theaters in several German cities including Munich and Berlin. Tragically, Peukert was arrested in 1943 due to his political views and sent to a concentration camp, where he died the following year. His contributions to early German cinema have since been recognized and celebrated by film historians.

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Eugen Rex

Eugen Rex (July 8, 1884 Berlin-February 21, 1943 Spandau) also known as Eugen Fox was a German actor, film director and screenwriter.

He began his film career in 1911 as an actor and appeared in over 50 silent films. In the 1920s, he also directed and wrote scripts for several films, including "Das Wolgamädchen" (1920) and "Lumpenball" (1927).

In addition to his work in film, Rex also acted on stage and was a member of several theater companies in Berlin. He was forced to flee Germany in 1933 due to his Jewish heritage and settled in Paris where he continued to work in the film industry.

However, in 1942 he was arrested by the French police and deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where he died in 1943. His legacy as a pioneering figure in German cinema lives on to this day.

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