1893 - 1967
The actor Willy Maertens (in fact Wilhelm Hermann August Maertens) began his acting career in Berlin before World War I. It followed engagements at different German theaters before his career was interrupted by the event of the war and his military draft.
He continued his stage career successfully after the war and via many
stage stations he came to the Thalia Theater in Hamburg where he remained
as an actor from 1927.
At the end of World War II the theater was destroyed and re-erected. Willy Maertens took over the direction of the theater till 1964.
He made his film debut during World War II with "Anschlag auf Baku" (42) but his real film career started after the war.
After the early postwar movies "In jenen Tagen" (47) and "Der Apfel
ist ab" (48) he became a demanded support actor in numerous productions
besides few leading roles.
Willy Maertens was able to carry on his profession till last and he took part in movies like "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen" (60), "Das Wunder des Malachias" (61), "Der Lügner" (61), "Ein Volksfeind" (65), "Der Trauschein" (67) and "Feldwebel Schmid" (68) in his last decade.
Besides acting Willy Maertens was also active as an acting coach, among them for Karl-Heinz Kreienbaum and Manfred Steffen and he spoke numerous roles for radio plays.
Willy Maertens was married with the actress Charlotte Kramm.
Other movies with Willy Maertens: