1901 - 1971
The actor Leonard Steckel already attracted attention with his acting talent in the school days and his teacher recommended him to the actor Paul Bildt, who got the first engagement for him in 1920.
Leonard Steckel became a demanded actor in the next years who appeared on many stages in Berlin and became well-known. He also made first experiences as a director from 1928.
He made his film debut with a tiny role in "Phantome des Glücks" (30), it followed Fritz Langs classic "M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder" (31). In the following years he took part in well-known movies like "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (31), "Die verliebte Firma" (31), "Spione im Savoy-Hotel" (32), "Unsichtbare Gegner" (33) and "Salon Dora Green" (33).
But his up-and-coming film career was abruptly ended with the seizure of power of the National Socialists. When he got an engagement at the Zürcher Schauspielhaus in Switzerland in May 1933 he was able to evade from the menace danger in Germany together with his daughter and his wife Elfriede Kuhr - who was well-known as a writer with her pen name Jo Mihaly.
From now on he was engaged at the theater most of the time, as an actor as well as a director. In Switzerland he staged over 120 premières and first nights, normally from writers whose works were forbidden in Germany.
Germany refused Leonard Steckel's entry after the war of not understandable
reasons, only from the 50's he was able to gain a foothold again in his
Leonard Steckel should experience a late height with a world tour with
Brecht's "Puntila", but his journey to Zurich ended in a train catastrophe
by Aitrang with 28 dead men and women, among them Leonard Steckel.
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