The actor O. W. Fischer was born as Otto Wilhelm Fischer in Klosterneuburg
He took acting lessons from 1936 at the Reinhardt-Seminar. He got first
engagements at the Theater in der Josefstadt and at the Münchner Kammerspiele.
From 1938 to 1944 he belonged to the company of the Deutsches Volkstheater
Wien where he was also convincing in character roles.
He got his first small role in 1936 in the movie "Burgtheater", but
only in 1939 he got the chance to impersonate bigger roles in the Hans-Moser
movies "Anton der Letzte" (39) and "Meine Tochter lebt in Wien" (40).
In the following years he normally played young likeable and till the
end of war he took part in the movies "Der Meineidbauer" (41), "Wien 1910"
(42), "Sommerliebe" (42), "Glück unterwegs" (44) and "Sieben Briefe"
After the war he was signed on at the Viennese Burgtheater (from 1945
to 1952 and appeared in a multitude of productions.
Beside he accepted role offers for the movie time and again too. In
the 50's he became the best paid German actor besides Curd Jürgens
and represented together with the actress Maria Schell the German dream
couple as such for many years. With Maria Schell he played in the movies
"Bis wir uns wiederseh'n" (52), "Der träumende Mund" (52) and "Solange
du da bist" (53) - later followed "Das Riesenrad" (61).
Other well-known movies of the 50's are "Tagebuch einer Verliebten"
(53), "Bildnis einer Unbekannten" (54), his classic role in "Ludwig II"
(54), "Hanussen" (55) and "Herrscher ohne Krone" (56).
O.W. Fischer got a contract at Universal for two movies in 1957, but
the began shooting to "My Man Godfrey" had to be broken off because of
unbridgeable differences with director Henry Koster - so the official version.
O.W. Fischer's role was handed over to David Niven. Only later O.W. Fischer
announced the real incidents. During the shooting he lost his memory and
had to keep it secret. He described this phase as his blackest hour.
O.W. Fischer experienced an enormous popularity jump in the 50's once
more. He played himself to the top of the German actor guild again with
movies like "Peter Voss, der Millionendieb" (58), "Helden" (58) and "Es
muss nicht immer Kaviar sein" (61), which presented him in self-ironic
From the middle of the 60's he also made movies in Italy and Spain besides
Germany. This was also the time when he retired from the film business
gradually. He only appeared occassionally in TV productions from the 70's.
To his last movies belong "Onkel Toms Hütte" (65), "Der Marquis
- der Mann der sich verkaufen wollte" (65), "Das weite Land" (70) and "Ein
Glas Wasser" (76).
Other movies with O. W. Fischer:
Schwarz gegen Blond (39) Fräulein
Figaro (39) Die beiden Schwestern (43) Spiel (44) Triumph der Liebe (47)
Das unsterbliche Antlitz (47) Hin und Her (47) Verlorenes Rennen (48) 5
Städte - 5 Mädchen (48) Liebling der Welt (49) Märchen vom
Glück (49) Erzherzog Johanns grosse Liebe (50) Verträumte Tage
(50) Heidelberger Romanze (51) Das letzte Rezept (52) Ich hab' mich so
an dich gewöhnt (52) Tausend rote Rosen blühn (52) Cuba Cabana
(52) Ein Herz spielt falsch (53) Eine Liebesgeschichte (54) Napoléon
(54) Ich suche Dich (56) Mein Vater, der Schauspieler (56) Skandal in Ischl
(57) El Hakim (57) ...und nichts als die Wahrheit (58) Don Vesuvio und
das Haus der Strolche (58) Whirlpool - Die schwarze Lorelei (59) Und das
am Montagmorgen (59) Menschen im Hotel/Grand Hotel (59) Abschied von den
Wolken (59) Peter Voss, der Held des Tages (59) Scheidungsgrund: Liebe
(60) Mit Himbeergeist geht alles besser (60) Das Riesenrad (61) Diesmal
muss es Kaviar sein (61) Axel Munthe, der Arzt von San Michele (62) Berlin-Melodie
(63) Frühstück im Doppelbett (63) Das Geheimnis der schwarzen
Witwe (63) Geh ins Bett, nicht in den Krieg (66) Liebesvögel (69)
Transplantation (69) Der Tag des Krähenflügel (70) Die Fliege
und der Frosch (70) Amouren (72) Teerosen (76)