24 December 1914|
Hagen, German Empire
|Died||27 January 2007
Lake Starnberg, Germany
|Occupation||Novelist, television writer|
Herbert Reinecker (24 December 1914 – 27 January 2007) was a very prolific German novelist, dramatist and screenwriter.
Born in Hagen, Westphalia, Reinecker began to write short stories already as a high school student. In 1936 he moved to Berlin, where he became editor-in-chief of a youth magazine, Jungvolk. In the same year he also co-authored a book, Jugend in Waffen (Armed Youth). This was a time when the Nazis had already been in power for three years and when the media had long been gleichgeschaltet. In 1943 he was editor-in-chief of a book entitled Der Pimpf about the training system of the Hitler Youth. Throughout World War II Reinecker served in a Propagandakompanie of the Waffen SS.
After the war, he started working for radio and television. At the same time he wrote screenplays for the series of German feature films of the 1960s that were loosely based on Edgar Wallace's novels as well as TV adaptations of Francis Durbridge novels and plays.
In the late 1960s Reinecker and producer Helmut Ringelmann wanted to create a truly German police detective. At first tentatively conceived as a "German Maigret", Reinecker's Kommissar Keller soon metamorphosed into a full-fledged character. Erik Ode was chosen to play Keller in the TV series, Der Kommissar, which was finally launched in 1969 and which became a huge success. In 1974, Reinecker and Ringelmann started a new, similar series, Derrick.
Personal data: In 1938 Herbert Reinecker married Angela Schmikowski, with whom he had two children—daughter Rita (also a writer/author), 1941, and Hilmar, 1944-2001. Divorced in 1954, he married Brunhilde (Holly) Schubert in 1959.