1898 - 1985
The actor Rudolf Fernau was born as Andreas Rolf Neuberger in München-Haidhausen. After a musical training to a violinist and pianist he entered the career of an actor. From 1916 he appeared on different stages and became a busy theater actor in the 20's.
He appeared late in the film business. He made his film debut with the movie "Verräter" (36), and when he impersonated a unscrupulous and demonical murderer in the movie "Im Namen des Volkes" (38) he became the dubious actor as such. Till the end of war he took part in the movies "Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska!" (41), "Kameraden" (41) and eventually "Dr. Crippen an Bord" (42), in which he performed one of his most successful parts which also demonstrated a new kind of acting. It followed "Der Verteidiger hat das Wort" (44) and "Die Affäre Roedern" (44).
After the war he first worked at the theater, only in 1949 - with the movie "Mordprozess Dr. Jordan" (49) - he continued his film career. His vocation was still the role of villains, of which he only rarely could escape. To his well-known movies of the 50's belong "Ludwig II" (54), "Kinder, Mütter und ein General" (55), "Gestehen Sie, Dr. Corda!" (58), "Die Canie war ihr Schicksal" (59) and "Buddenbrooks" (59).
In the 60's he was especially engaged in the new arising criminal films, above all in the Edgar-Wallace serial and the Dr.-Mabuse filmings. He took part in "Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse" (61), "Die seltsame Gräfin" (61), "Die unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse" (62), "Das Gasthaus an der Themse" (62), "Der Würger von Schloss Blackmoor" (63) and "Todesschüsse am Broadway" (69).
Rudolf Fernau appeared more often at the theater in the 70's and filled
the audience with enthusiasm in plays by Shakespeare und Nestroy. In the
film business he played in "Karl May" (74), "Bis zur bitteren Neige" (75),
"Jeder stirbt für sich allein" (75) and "Die Elixiere des Teufels"
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