Helmut Griem

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Helmut Griem
Born (1932-04-06)6 April 1932
Hamburg, Germany
Died 19 November 2004(2004-11-19) (aged 72)
Munich, Germany
Occupation Stage and movie actor, theatre director
Years active 1956–2002
Helmut Griem (left) in Berlin, 1968.

Helmut Griem (6 April 1932, Hamburg – 19 November 2004, Munich) was a German film, television and stage actor and director.

Griem was primarily a German-speaking stage actor, appearing at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Munich Kammerspiele, and finally in the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, also in Munich.[citation needed]

Among his many film and TV appearances was one in NBC's Peter the Great as the formidable Tsar's lifelong friend and "right hand" Alexander Menshikov, alongside Maximilian Schell. His role in the Academy Award-winning film Cabaret (1972) as the wealthy Baron Maximilian von Heune is probably his best-known international performance. Other performances include his work in The Damned, The McKenzie Break, and Ludwig. He starred in the television mini-series "The Devil's Lieutenant" directed by John Goldschmidt, adapted by Jack Rosenthal and based on the novel by M Fagyas, for Channel 4 and ZDF.

Despite his success in film, the theatre remained at the heart of Griem's work, and he performed in many classic roles from both the German and English-language repertoire. Later in his career Griem turned to theatre direction, including Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill.[citation needed]

Before his death, he had planned to direct the Botho Strauss play, Die eine und die andere (This One and The Other). Griem twice won the Bambi Award: in 1961 and in 1976.[1]

Theatre[edit]

Title Author Role Director
Intrigue and Love Friedrich Schiller Ferdinand Willi Schmidt
Leonce and Lena Georg Büchner Leonce Hans Bauer
As You Like It William Shakespeare Orlando Willi Schmidt
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Tom Willi Schmidt
Richard II William Shakespeare Title Role Hans Lietzau
The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov Lopachin Hans Lietzau
The Philanthropist Christopher Hampton Philipp Dieter Dorn
The Prince of Homburg Heinrich von Kleist Title Role Hans Lietzau
The Maids Jean Genet Claire Dieter Dorn
Philoctetes Heiner Müller Title Role Hans Lietzau
Die Räuber Friedrich Schiller Karl Moor Hans Lietzau
My Fair Lady Lerner and Loewe Professor Higgins August Everding
Troilus and Cressida William Shakespeare Thersites Dieter Dorn
Faust Johann Wolfgang Goethe Title Role Dieter Dorn
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee George Martin Meltge

Filmography[edit]

Date Title Director With...
1960 Fabrik der Offiziere Frank Wisbar
Written by Hans Hellmut Kirst
Horst Frank
1961 Bis zum Ende aller Tage Franz Peter Wirth Akiko Wakabayashi and Hanns Lothar
1961 Barbara Frank Wisbar Harriet Andersson
1962 Oggi a Berlino (Today in Berlin) Piero Vivarelli
Written by Piero Vivarelli, Giuseppe Isani
1969 The Damned Luchino Visconti Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Berger
1970 The McKenzie Break Lamont Johnson Brian Keith
1972 Cabaret Bob Fosse Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey and Fritz Wepper
1972 Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass Volker Schlöndorff Senta Berger
1972 Ludwig Luchino Visconti Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Gert Fröbe,
Trevor Howard and Silvana Mangano
1974 Children of Rage Arthur Allan Seidelman Olga Georges-Picot
1976 Ansichten eines Clowns (The Clown) Vojtěch Jasný
Written by Heinrich Böll
Hanna Schygulla and Hans Christian Blech
1976 Le Désert des Tartares Valerio Zurlini Vittorio Gassman, Laurent Terzieff, Max von Sydow, Philippe Noiret, Fernando Rey
1976 Voyage of the Damned Stuart Rosenberg Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant, Max von Sydow, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, et al.
1978 The Glass Cell Hans W. Geißendörfer Brigitte Fossey
1978 Germany in Autumn Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
Volker Schlöndorff, et al.
1978 Les Rendez-vous d'Anna Chantal Akerman Aurore Clément
1979 Steiner: Cross of Iron 2 (AKA Breakthrough) Andrew V. McLaglen Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum and Rod Steiger
1979 Die Hamburger Krankheit Peter Fleischmann Fernando Arrabal
1980 Put on Ice Bernhard Sinkel Ángela Molina and Martin Benrath
1981 Malou Jeanine Meerapfel Ingrid Caven
1982 La Passante du Sans-Souci Jacques Rouffio Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli
1982 Versuchung Krzysztof Zanussi Maja Komorowska and Eva Maria Meineke
1983 Charlemagne, le prince à cheval (TV miniseries) Clive Donner Christian Brendel and Anny Duperey
1986 The Second Victory Gerald Thomas Anthony Andrews and Max von Sydow
1986 Caspar David Friedrich Peter Schamoni Sabine Sinjen and Hans Peter Hallwachs
1988 Faust Dieter Dorn
(Filmed theatre performance)
Romuald Pekny, Sunnyi Melles, Cornelia Froboess and Peter Lühr

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, imdb.com; accessed 10 May 2014.

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