Kurt Raab

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Kurt Raab
Born 20 July 1941
Bergreichenstein, Reichsgau Sudetenland
Died 28 June 1988(1988-06-28) (aged 46)
Hamburg, West Germany
Years active 1960s - 1988

Kurt Raab (20 July 1941 – 28 June 1988) was a West German stage and film actor, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Raab is best remembered for his work with German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with whom he collaborated on 31 film projects.

Biography[edit]

Raab was born in Bergreichenstein, Sudetenland, which is now Kašperské Hory, Czech Republic. He completed the abitur at Musische Gymnasium Straubing, and studied in Munich.[1]

He made his cinema debut in Fassbinder's Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (Love Is Colder than Death) in 1969. Over the next few years, he made numerous films with Fassbinder, including Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) and Der Amerikanische Soldat (The American Soldier) in 1970, Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore) in 1971, and Der Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) in 1972.

He also worked as a production designer, assistant director, producer, and a screenwriter.

On 28 June 1988, at age 46, Raab died of AIDS related complications. Before Raab died, he worked to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Germany. In 1987 he discussed his illness in Herbert Achternbusch's Wohin?, a film about AIDS-hysteria.[2] In 1988 he made Mitten im Leben, a documentary about AIDS, for Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.[3] However, the illness remained poorly understood and Raab was placed in quarantine-like conditions in the Hamburg Tropical Institute. Prejudice about AIDS was also evident when Raab's body was refused burial in Steinbeißen, the Lower Bavarian town in which his family had settled in 1945.[1]

He is buried in Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Hamburg.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film USA Title Character
1969 Liebe ist kälter als der Tod Love is Colder than Death Aufsichtsperson im Kaufhaus
1970 Götter der Pest Gods of the Plague Gast in der Kneipe
1970 Das Kaffeehaus The Coffeehouse Don Marzio
1970 Mathias Kneissl n/a Fritz Rechthaler, Jungbauer
1970 Der Amerikanische Soldat The American Soldier Rickys Bruder
1970 Die Niklashauser Fart The Niklashausen Journey Bishop
1970 Weg on Fenster n/a n/a
1971 Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Herr R
1971 Rio das Mortes n/a Tankwart
1971 Whity Whity The Pianist
1971 Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte Beware of a Holy Whore Fred
1971 Ahnfrau - Oratorium nach Franz Grillparzer n/a n/a
1972 Händler der vier Jahreszeiten, Der The Merchant of Four Seasons Kurt
1972 Acht Stunden sind kein Tag Eight Hours Are Not a Day (TV Miniseries) Harald
1972 Bremer Freiheit (TV) Bremen Coffee Carpenter
1972 Wildwechsel Jail Bait Factory Boss
1973 Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe The Tenderness of Wolves Fritz Haarmann
1973 Welt am Draht (TV) World on a Wire Mark Holm
1974 Der Verfolger (TV) n/a n/a
1974 Angst essen Seele auf Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Car Mechanic
1974 Verrohung des Franz Blum The Brutalisation of Franz Blum Wupke, Aufseher
1974 Martha (TV) Martha Secretary
1974 Effi Briest (voice) Effi Briest Stimme Apotheker Gieshübler
1974 "Münchner Geschichten" (TV series) (n/a) (n/a)
1975 Wie ein Vogel auf dem Draht Like a Bird on a Wire Barbesucher
1975 Faustrecht der Freiheit Fox and His Friends Wodka-Peter
1975 Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven Barbesitzer Gustav
1975 Angst vor der Angst (TV) Fear of Fear Herr Bauer
1976 Satansbraten Satan's Brew Walter Kranz
1977 Adolf und Marlene Adolf and Marlene Führer
1977 Eierdiebe Petty Thieves n/a
1977 Gruppenbild mit Dame Group Portrait with a Lady Parteifunktionär
1977 Bolwieser The Stationmaster's Wife Xaver Ferdinand Maria Bolwieser - Station Master
1977 Belcanto oder Darf eine Nutte schluchzen? n/a n/a
1978 Leidenschaftliche Blümchen Preppy School Girls Fletcher
1978 Der Sturz The Fall n/a
1979 Der Durchdreher It Can Only Get Worse n/a
1979 Victor (TV) n/a n/a
1979 "Buddenbrooks, Die (TV miniseries) n/a n/a
1979 Bildnis einer Trinkerin Ticket of No Return Chef
1980 Unter Verschluß (TV) Under Lock and Key n/a)
1980 Warum die UFOs unseren Salat klauen n/a n/a
1980 Endstation Freiheit n/a Beekenbrandt
1981 Sechsunddreißig Stunden (TV) n/a n/a
1981 Der Glücklose Mann (TV) n/a n/a
1981 Die Fahrt nach Schlangenbad n/a Alfred Wittkowsky
1981 Exil (TV miniseries) n/a Heilbrunn
1981 Total vereist Totally Frozen Herr Münch
1981 Wie die Weltmeister n/a Oberamtmann
1981 Engel aus Eisen Angels of Iron Chauffeur
1981 Frankfurt Kaiserstraße Frankfurt: The Face of a City Onkel Ossi
1981 Heute spielen wir den Boß n/a n/a
1982 Komplizen, Die (TV) n/a Marcel Lambert
1982 Ich werde warten (TV) n/a n/a
1982 Dr. Margarete Johnsohn (TV) n/a Herr Körber
1982 Feuer und Schwert - Die Legende von Tristan und Isolde Fire and Sword Ganelon
1982 Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (TV minieries) n/a n/a
1982 Der Zauberberg The Magic Mountain Dr. Krokowski
1982 Liebeskonzil Council of Love Gerichtspräsident
1983 Derrick Episode 1 "Via Genau" Season 10
1983 Traumlage (TV) n/a n/a
1983 Krimistunde (TV series) n/a n/a
1983 Die Insel der blutigen Plantage Escape from Blood Plantation Pevney
1983 Der Zappler The Twitcher n/a
1983 Das Gespenst The Ghost Poli
1983 Bella Donna n/a n/a
1983 Die Olympiasiegerin n/a n/a
1983 Hauptsache konsequent (TV) n/a n/a
1984 Die Schwarzen Brüder (TV miniseries) n/a Man with scar
1984 Der Rekord The Record P.K. Wütrich
1984 Rambo Zambo n/a n/a
1984 Humus n/a Horst
1984 Franz Xaver Brunnmayr (TV series) n/a n/a
1984 Tricheurs Youthful Sinners Jorg
1984 Abwärts Out of Order Elevator mechanic
1984 Im Himmel ist die Hölle los n/a n/a
1985 Kleine Stadt, ich liebe dich (TV miniseries) n/a n/a
1985 Der Formel Eins Film Feel the Motion Mephisto
1985 Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce Mussolini and I Hitler
1985 Bolero n/a n/a
1986 Das Totenreich n/a n/a
1986 Schloßherren (TV Series) (n/a) (n/a)
1986 Rette mich, wer kann (TV Series) n/a n/a
1986 Bittere Ernte Angry Harvest n/a
1986 Transitträume n/a Kaderleiter
1986 Miko - aus der Gosse zu den Sternen n/a Walter Hahn
1986 Kir Royal 1986 (TV miniseries) n/a Butler
1986 Parker Bones
1987 Motten im Licht n/a n/a
1987 Escape from Sobibor Escape from Sobibor Commandant Frenzel
1987 Das Rätsel der Sandbank The Riddle of the Sands Underwood
1987 Der Elegante Hund (TV series) n/a n/a
1987 Reporter (TV series) n/a n/a
1988 Wohin? n/a Gast

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kurt Raab - Biographie". Deutsches Filminstitut. 28 June 1998. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ [1] Internet movie database, retrieved 7 June 2009
  3. ^ [2] Kurt Raab filmography, retrieved 11 June 2010

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