1888 - 1945
The actor Josef Eichheim took acting lessons in Zurich and made his actor debut at the Stadttheater Passau and in the following years he became soon established as a popular comedian. He was engaged at the "Münchner Kammerspiele" from 1919 to 1932 and became a darling of the public.
Josef Eichheim made his film debut in 1915 with the silent movie "Fürst Seppl" (15). In the 20's followed few other silent movies like "Mysterien eines Friseursalons" (23) with Karl Valentin, "Der Weiberkrieg" (29), "Hinter Klostermauern" (28) and "Bruder Bernhard" (29). In these decades he directed his attention to the theater as ever.
With the transition to the sound film era his point of view changed. As an articulate comedian, these development obliged him and he consequently concentrated to the film business nearly exclusive. At the beginning of the 30's he also took part in dramas and other very different roles as in "Peter Voss, der Millionendieb" (32) and "Der Tunnel" (33). After that they pinned him down to folk plays he enriched with his Bavarian humour.
It followed countless movies like "Bei der blonden Kathrein" (34), "Zwischen Himmel und Erde" (34), "Arzt aus Leidenschaft" (36), "Moral " (36), "Der Jäger von Fall" (36), "Spiel auf der Tenne" (37), "Serenade" (37), "Narren im Schnee" (38), "Frau Sixta" (38) and "Fasching" (39).
Josef Eichheim founded the Isar-Film production in 1939 but the break out of World War II thwarted his plans.
In the 40's followed other comedie in which he often appeared in smaller roles at other great comedian's side like Hans Moser or Joe Stöckel, so in "Das sündige Dorf" (40), "Der siebente Junge" (41), "Liebe ist zollfrei" (41), "Der verkaufte Grossvater" (42), "Der Hochtourist" (42), "Kohlhiesels Töchter" (43), "Peterle" (43) and "Die falsche Braut" (44).
When Goebbels asked him to play the role of Jud Süss in the movie of the same name he refused successfully.
When the Americans came to Germany they arrested Josef Eichheim into
an internment camp without explenations where he became ill. They brought
him to the hospital in Haar where he died in the same year (other sources
mention the cloister Gars as his place of death).
Other movies with Josef Eichheim: