Swiss movie stars died in 2006

Here are 4 famous actors from Switzerland died in 2006:

Benno Besson

Benno Besson (November 4, 1922 Yverdon-les-Bains-February 23, 2006 Berlin) also known as René-Benjamin Besson was a Swiss film director, screenwriter, television director, theatre director and actor. He had four children, Pierre Besson, Katharina Thalbach, Madeleine Besson and Philippe Besson.

Besson began his career as an actor and eventually transitioned into directing. He became known for his work in the German theatre scene and his collaborations with playwright Peter Weiss. Besson also directed several films and television programs, including "Das Millionenspiel" (The Million Game) and "Der sechste Sinn" (The Sixth Sense). In 1968, he founded the Berliner Ensemble, a theatre company that focused on the works of Bertolt Brecht. Besson continued to work with the company until his death in 2006. Throughout his career, Besson was recognized for his contributions to the arts, receiving numerous awards and accolades for his work.

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Henri Colpi

Henri Colpi (July 15, 1921 Brig-January 14, 2006 Menton) was a Swiss film director, film editor, screenwriter, television director and actor.

Born in Brig, Switzerland in 1921, Henri Colpi began his career in film as an editor before venturing into directing and screenwriting. He worked on various films throughout the 1940s and 50s and gained recognition for his collaboration with director Alain Resnais on the acclaimed film, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" in 1959.

Colpi went on to direct his own films, including "Une aussi longue absence" (1961), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1961. He also worked in television, directing episodes of the popular French series, "Les Cinq Dernières Minutes."

In addition to his career in film, Colpi was also a talented actor and appeared in several films, including Resnais' "Night and Fog" (1955) and "Mon Oncle d'Amérique" (1980) directed by his longtime collaborator, Resnais.

Henri Colpi passed away in Menton, France in 2006 at the age of 84, leaving behind a legacy of innovative and groundbreaking work in the world of film.

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Daniel Schmid

Daniel Schmid (December 26, 1941 Flims-August 5, 2006 Flims) otherwise known as Daniel Walter Schmid was a Swiss film director, screenwriter and actor.

Schmid studied German literature, linguistics and Roman philology in Zurich and later attended the University of Berlin. After working as a journalist, he began his career in film as an assistant director for Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Schmid's films often explored themes of identity, homosexuality, and Swiss culture. He gained international recognition for his film "Hécate" (1982), which won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival. He also directed operas and theater productions, including a controversial staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in Zurich in 1999. Schmid was openly gay and often portrayed queer characters in his films. He died in his hometown of Flims in 2006.

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Peter Brogle

Peter Brogle (June 22, 1933 Basel-March 27, 2006 Zürich) was a Swiss actor.

He began his acting career at the Basel Theatre in 1958 and later became a member of the ensemble at the Zurich Playhouse in 1965. Brogle was known for his versatility on stage, playing a range of characters from comic to tragic roles. He also acted in several films and television series, including "The Visit" (1964), "Julia" (1974), "The Tin Drum" (1979), and "The Polizzi Family" (1986). In addition to his acting career, Brogle was also a co-founder of the Zurich-based experimental theater group "Schauspiel Aktion" in the 1960s. He received numerous awards for his work, including the Swiss Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "The Polizzi Family". Brogle continued to act until his death in 2006 at the age of 72.

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