1899 - 1963
The actor Gustaf Gründgens is one of the most controversial but also undisputed one of the most important German actors. His part as a hanger-on of the Nazis was overrated and one-sided viewed, although he took upon huge risks for others in this difficult time.
The young Gustaf Gründgens volunteered for the military in 1916,
immediately after the secondary school and was sent to the Westfront. In
1917 he became a member of the fronttheater company Saarlouis, one year
later he managed this company.
He intensified hes intention to become an actor from 1919 and took acting
lessons at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. In the following years
followed many engagements at different theaters. The engagement to he Kammerspiele
in Hamburg meant the first height where he impersonated more than 70 roles
within five years and directed more than 30 productions. He became a very
successful actor of classic roles and was also convincing in contemporary
From 1930 Gustaf Gründgens began a second successful career in
the film business. Especially when he played dubious types he was convincing
in a almost worrying way. He fascinated the audience with movies like "Brand
in der Oper" (30), "Danton" (31), "M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder"
(31) and "Die Gräfin von Monte Christo" (32).
In these time fell the seizure of power of the National Socialism and
Gustaf Gründgens made career under this new rule. He became director
of the Staatliches Schauspielhaus and a Staatsschauspieler. He was general
director of the Prussian Staatstheater from 1937 to 1945. He preferred
the German classic and found his parade role with "Faust I" (41) with the
figure of Mephisto.
Till the end of war he took part in the movies "Zwei Welten" (39), "Ohm Krüger" (41) and "Friedemann Bach (41), but his main activity was still dedicated to the theater.
After the war he had to endure a nine-month lasting Sovjet internment.
Only after countless statements of other actor he was released ain April
He only appeared in two more feature movies - "Das Glas Wasser" (60) and "Faust" (60).
Gustaf Gründgens died on October 7, 1963 in Manila during a world
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