1900 - 1984
The actor Wolfgang Heinz was born as Wolfgang Hirsch in Pilsen.
He decided at an early age to become an actor and he made his stage debut in 1917 in Eisenach.
Already one year later he got an engagement in Berlin where he appeared at the Deutsches Theater by Max Reinhardt. It followed engagements in Vienna and Hamburg.
He took part in his first movie in 1919 with "Die Geächteten" (19), it followed other silent movies like "Die entfesselte Menschheit" (20) and the classic "Nosferatu" (22) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.
Wolfgang Heinz only aced in one German movie in the sound film era of the 30s with "Ein blonder Traum" (32).
Shortly afterwards he left Germany in 1933 because of his Jewish origin and he went to Switzerland. There he continued his stage career at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, moreover he also took part in the movie "Füsilier Wipf" (38).
After the war he returned to Vienna where he was active as an actor and director at the Volkstheater and at the Scala. As a convinced communist his theater was closed in 1956 and he moved to East Berlin where he worked again at the Deutsches Theater. There he impersonated numerous often classic roles till to the old age.
He also continued his film career after the war.
The appeared among others in the productions "Gasparone" (56), "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank" (58), "Professor Mamlock" (60), "Die Ermittlung" (66), "Der kleine Prinz" (66), "Nathan der Weise" (70) and "Die Rache des Kapitäns Mitchell" (79).
Additionally he also realised few movies as a director with "Die kleinen Füchse" (58), "Der Kirschgarten" (63), "Die Letzten" (77) and "Die Mutter" (81).
Wolfgang Heinz was married with the actress Erika Pelikowsky. His daughter Gabriele Heinz became also an actress.