Günter Lamprecht

Günter Lamprecht (born 21 January 1930) is a German actor known for his leading role in the Fassbinder miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and as a ship captain in the epic war film Das Boot (1981).

Günter Lamprecht
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Born (1930-01-21) January 21, 1930 (age 90)
Berlin, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1959–present

Life and careerEdit

Lamprecht was born in Berlin, the son of a taxi driver. After training at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, he had his first theatre engagement at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. He joined the Theater Oberhausen in 1959, and remained with them until 1961.[1] His roles there included Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and John in Gerhart Hauptmann's The Rats.

 
Lamprecht in the television film Der Tod zu Basel [de] (1990), with Hilde Ziegler

Lamprecht began appearing on television in the 1960s. He was cast in the series Kara Ben Nemsi Effendi, which ran from 1973 to 1975. His first film role was in Ottokar Runze's A Knife in the Back (Das Messer im Rücken, 1975). In 1976, Lamprecht won the Ernst Lubitsch Award for his performance in Das Brot des Bäckers [de], and in 1978 won the Goldene Kamera award for Best German Actor for Rückfälle.[2] He played the leading role in the 1979 TV movie Frontiers of Darkness (Schattengrenze).[3]

In 1973, filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder cast Lamprecht in his series World on a Wire. He recruited him again for The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979). Fassbinder then gave Lamprecht the lead role of Franz Biberkopf in his acclaimed 1980 miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel of the same name. Turner Classic Movies wrote of his performance: "Lamprecht was quite extraordinary as the hapless center of gravity as Biberkopf is drawn into and betrayed by Berlin's underworld in the days spanning from the end of WWI to the Nazi era."[3] The role won him Best Actor at the Munich Film Festival, and he came in third place at the American National Society of Film Critics Awards.[2]

Lamprecht had a role in the World War II submarine film Das Boot (1981), playing the captain of the SS Weser, and has continued to appear regularly on German television.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1999, Lamprecht and his partner, actress Claudia Amm, were involved in a shooting at a theatre and badly injured.[4][5] Lamprecht lives in Berlin-Babelsberg.

Lamprecht's memoirs And Sadly I'm Still: A Youth in Berlin was published in 2000, where he discusses his experiences in Nazi Germany and the postwar years. His second book, A Hellish Thing, Life was published in 2007.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1960 Die Brücke des Schicksals [de] Schläger in Tanzbar
1973 World on a Wire Fritz Walfang TV film
1974 Martha Dr. Herbert Salomon TV film
1975 Stellenweise Glatteis Karl Maiwald TV film
Das Messer im Rücken [de] Schöffe
1976 Der Stumme [de] Kahlmann
Das Brot des Bäckers [de] Georg Baum
1977 Planübung Bundeswehr Officer TV film
Rückfälle Manfred Burger TV film
1978 The Marriage of Maria Braun Hans Wetzel
1979 Schattengrenze Matthias Berger TV film
Die große Flatter [de] Piesch TV miniseries
1980 Das gefrorene Herz Gwerder
Berlin Alexanderplatz Franz Biberkopf his magnum opus
1981 Das Boot Captain of the 'Weser'
1982 Flüchtige Bekanntschaften Walter TV film
1983 Milo Barus, der stärkste Mann der Welt Emil Bahr i.e. Milo Barus
1984 Liebe ist kein Argument Felix
Is was, Kanzler? [de] Chef
Ein Mann namens Parvus Alexander Parvus TV film
Super Kuballa
After Your Decrees [pl] Sergeant Kleinschmidt
Das leise Gift Philipp Fäsch TV film
Gnadenlos Jakob TV film
1985 Liebfrauen Philipp TV film
Die Komplizen Joseph Lambert TV film
Red Kiss Herschel
1987 Gegen die Regel Klaus Weber TV film
1991 Amaurose
1992 Herzsprung Vater
1993 Möbius Arnold
Engel ohne Flügel Paul
1997 Friedrich und der verzauberte Einbrecher Fischer
Comedian Harmonists Eric Charell
2002 Epsteins Nacht [de] Groll / Giesser
2013 Wir Sprecher voice
2017 Babylon Berlin President Hindenburg TV series

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Andrea Rickers: Hier ist es menschlich, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. September 2010. In German.
  2. ^ a b "Günter Lamprecht Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Gunter Lamprecht. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Eltern des Amokläufers von Reichenhall sollen vor Gericht". Spiegel Online. 17 November 1999. Retrieved 11 January 2015. In German.
  5. ^ Motiv bis heute unklar. Heimatzeitung (27 October 2009). In German.

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