1884 - 1962
The actor Willi Schaeffers began his acting career in 1902 for different theaters. It followed engagements at the Stadttheater Posen and at the Lustspielhaus in Berlin.
During World War I he served as a soldier at the East front and in France. When he was wounded he was released from the duty and he made his entrance with cabaret numbers for different barracks and military hospitals.
His first appearance in a movie was in 1913 for the picture "Die blaue
Maus". He also acted in some other silent movies like "Der Reigen" (20),
"Ein Erpressertrick" (21), "Sie und die Drei" (22) and "Die Frau ohne Namen"
With the transition to the sound film and with the very successful genre of musicals he got a lot of roles in the 30's. He normally didn't get leading roles but he was able to charm the audience with his support roles and gave the movies his personal note. To his well-known movies of the 30's belong "Peter Voss, der Millionendieb" (32), "Kiki" (32), "Der kühne Schwimmer" (34), " Ich heirate meine Frau" (34), "Prinzessin Turandot" (34), "Alles weg'n dem Hund" (35), "Im weissen Rössl" (35), "Das Schloss in Flandern" (36) and "Narren im Schnee" (38). Beside these feature movies he also appeared in many short movies.
With the outbreak of World War II Willi Schaeffers disappeared completely
from the screen, only in 1949 he had his comeback with "Anonyme Briefe"
(49). In the 50's he had some entrances in movies like "Schlagerparade"
(53), "Das Glück liegt auf der Strasse" (57) and "Die grosse Chance"
Other movies with Willi Schaeffers: