German actors who deceased in 1955

Here are 4 famous actors from Germany died in 1955:

Fritz Odemar

Fritz Odemar (January 13, 1890 Hanover-May 6, 1955 Munich) was a German actor. He had one child, Erik Ode.

Fritz Odemar began his career as a stage actor and appeared in many successful productions before transitioning to film in the early 1920s. He quickly became a popular character actor and appeared in over 100 films throughout his career. Some of his notable roles include the films "The Three from the Filling Station" (1930), "A Night in May" (1938), and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1943). Odemar continued to act in films even during the Nazi regime and was able to avoid being blacklisted due to his popularity. After World War II, he continued to act in films until his death in 1955.

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Leopold von Ledebur

Leopold von Ledebur (May 18, 1876 Berlin-September 17, 1955 Wankendorf) also known as Leopold v. Ledebur, Ledebur, Leopold von Ledebour, L. von Ledebur or Leopold Ernst Gerhard Freiherr von Ledebur was a German actor.

He began his acting career at the Burgtheater in Vienna, and later joined the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Von Ledebur's film career began in the silent film era, with his first credited role in the 1913 film "Richard Wagner". He appeared in over 100 films throughout his career, including the classics "Metropolis" and "M". Von Ledebur also acted in numerous theater productions, and later became a professor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. He was known for his deep, booming voice and imposing physical presence on screen. Von Ledebur was married multiple times and had seven children.

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Hans Mierendorff

Hans Mierendorff (June 30, 1882 Rostock-December 26, 1955 Eutin) also known as Johannes Reinhold Mierendorff was a German actor, film producer and film director. His child is called Klaus Mierendorff.

Hans Mierendorff began his acting career in 1906 at the Wallner Theater in Berlin, Germany. He later went on to act in numerous plays at some of the most significant theaters in the country. In 1913, he ventured into film production, co-founding the Aafa-Film production company. He made his directorial debut with the 1915 film Das Eskimobaby.

During the Weimar Republic, Mierendorff produced and directed several films, including Hintertreppe (1921), which is considered a masterpiece of German silent cinema. He also appeared in more than 50 films between 1916 and 1954, often playing supportive roles.

In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Mierendorff was active in politics. He was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and served in the Reichstag (German parliament) from 1920 to 1933. He was also a member of the Prussian Parliament and served as the Chief of the Cultural and Educational Department of the Berlin Police.

After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Mierendorff was arrested and sent to several concentration camps, including Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück. He was released in 1938 and subsequently put under surveillance by the Gestapo. He continued to work in the film industry, but under the Nazis, he was limited to small character roles.

Hans Mierendorff died on December 26, 1955, in Eutin, Germany, at the age of 73. He is remembered for his contributions to German cinema and for his political activism in the Weimar Republic.

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Ernst Legal

Ernst Legal (May 2, 1881 Schlieben-June 29, 1955 West Berlin) also known as Legal was a German actor. He had one child, Marga Legal.

Ernst Legal appeared in over 200 films during his career which spanned from the silent era to the post-World War II years. He started his acting career as a stage actor before transitioning to film. Legal became a popular character actor in German cinema during the 1920s and 1930s and was often cast as a villain or authority figure.

Despite being a talented performer, Legal's career suffered during the Nazi regime as he was of Jewish descent. He was forced to leave Germany and go into exile in the Netherlands in 1933. He returned to Germany after the end of the war and continued his film career.

Legal was also known for his political activism and was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. He used his platform as a well-known actor to speak out against the Nazi regime and advocate for social justice.

Ernst Legal passed away in West Berlin in 1955 at the age of 74.

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