Werner Stocker (actor)

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Werner Stocker
Werner Stocker Darius1.jpg
Werner Stocker as Darius in Highlander: The Series
Born (1955-04-07)April 7, 1955
Flintsbach am Inn, Bavaria, Germany
Died May 27, 1993(1993-05-27) (aged 38)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Years active 1982–1993
Awards Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actor
1988 Herbstmilch

Werner Stocker (April 7, 1955 – May 27, 1993) was a German actor. He studied acting at the Munich Acting School and at the Otto Falkenberg school.

Stocker appeared in the 1987 American TV movie The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission.

Highlander: The Series[edit]

Werner Stocker also featured in the fantasy hit Highlander: The Series as Darius, a 2,000 year old immortal priest.

The script of the episode "Band of Brothers" describes Darius as a monk with a "hideously ugly face",[1] but when the producers cast the part, they chose Stocker, who did not fit this description. Creative Consultant David Abramovitz explains, "Darius, originally in the script, was written as almost to look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, to be physically ugly and with a glorious soul. And when I got to France, I noticed that they cast this young, handsome German actor named Werner Stocker. I said, 'Wait a minute. What's going on here? He's supposed to be ugly.' And it seemed that the Germans, who were putting up a great deal of money, didn't want the only German actor in the show to be ugly; so he wasn't ugly. And this was one of the cases where politics won out and it didn't hurt anything because he was wonderful in the part."[2]

Associate Creative Consultant Donna Lettow says about Darius' character development, "It was always planned that Darius would die in "The Hunters". The original plan for Darius was that he would reappear in flashbacks, much like Fitzcairn does now." [3] Abramovitz confirms, "Darius would have played a bigger part in the show, but Werner passed away."[4] Stocker's unexpected illness effectively prevented this. Producer Bill Panzer remembers that Stocker "had announced that he had a brain tumor,"[5] and that it happened "before we started shooting ["The Hunters"], just before. It involved a tremendous amount of rewriting."[6] The season 1 promotional booklet recounts, "Just days before going into production actor Werner Stocker was stricken ill and was unable to work. By now the character of Darius had become an integral part of the story and the writers had to scramble to adjust the story line."[7] Abramovitz recalls, "This was the episode when we learned that Werner Stocker was extremely ill. (...) I got a call at three o'clock in the morning, saying Werner would not be available, we were shooting in a day and a half, and there was fear if we were going to have to shut down. I went into work, wrote twenty-five straight hours, without a break, and got out a script and the show went on and it turned out pretty well."[7] The promotional booklet further says, "Footage from previous episodes was successfully used to fill in for the absent actor and the season finale went on to mark a huge shift in the Highlander saga, forever altering the future of the series with the introduction of "Hunters" and "Watchers"."[7]

Commenting on Stocker's performance as Darius, Abramovitz says, "He had an elegance, presence, and I was happy with the episode "Band of Brothers"."[2] Adrian Paul thinks, "[He] had a very ethereal quality himself and I think Werner played [Darius] very well."[8] The promotional booklet reports that Darius was "played with soulful grace by (...) Stocker. Stocker was an instant hit with fans."[7] Stocker died on May 27, 1993 of a brain tumor. The episodes "Unholy Alliance" and "Unholy Alliance Part Two" are dedicated to him.[9][10]


  • 1983 German Actor Award (Deutscher Darstellerpreis) as Best Young Actor
  • 1988 Bavarian Film Award (Bayerischer Filmpreis) shared with Dana Vávrová for Herbstmilch, Best Young Actors[11]*1989 German Film Award in Gold shared with Dana Vávrová


  • 1978 - Les Rebells
  • 1980 - Die Undankbare, directed by Franz Josef Wild
  • 1980 - SOKO 5113 (TV series) "Rosis Brüder" Part 1 and Part 2
  • 1981 - Exil, directed by Egon Guenther
  • 1981 - Der Richter, directed by Stephan Meyer
  • 1982 - Collin, directed by Peter Schulze-Rohr
  • 1982 - Warum hast du so trauige Augen, directed by Tom Toelle
  • 1982 - Die Weiße Rose, directed by Michael Verhoeven
  • 1982 - Die fünfte Jahreszeit (TV mini-series)
  • 1984 - Derrick (TV series) - Season 11, Episode 02: "Die Verführung"
  • 1984 - Abenteuer aus dem englischen Garten, directed by Margit Saad
  • 1984 - A man like Eva, directed by Radu Gabrea
  • 1984 - Rambo Zambo, directed by Reinhard Donga
  • 1984 - The old Fox (TV Series) - Episode 80: "Reihe 7 Grab 11"
  • 1984 - Die Wiesingers, directed by Bernd Fischerauer TV series Episodes 1-10
  • 1984 - Le dernier civil, directed by Laurent Heynemann
  • 1985 - Die Unbekannten im eigenen Haus, directed by Bernd Fischerauer
  • 1985 - Flight into Hell, directed by Gordon Flemyng
  • 1985 - November Moon, directed by Alexandra von Grote
  • 1986 - Schafkopfrennen, directed by Bernd Fischerauer
  • 1986 - Auf immer und ewig, directed by Christel Buschmann
  • 1987 - Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, directed by Lee H. Katzin
  • 1987 - Aquaplaning, directed by Eva Hiller
  • 1988 - Der Condor, directed by Jobst Oetzmann
  • 1988 - Die Wiesingers, directed by Bernd Fischerauer TV series Episodes 10-20
  • 1988 - A Case for Two (TV Series) Episode 59
  • 1989 - SOKO 5113 (TV series) "Der große Bruder"
  • 1989 - Herbstmilch, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier
  • 1990 - Private War of Lucinda Smith, directed by Ray Alchin
  • 1991 - Lex Minister, directed by Peter Patzak
  • 1991 - Rama dama (de), directed by Joseph Vilsmaier
  • 1991 - St. Petri Schnee, directed by Peter Patzak
  • 1992 - Far from Berlin, directed by Keith Mcnally
  • 1992 - Schatten der Liebe, directed by Christoph Vorster
  • 1992 - Samba Syndrom, directed by Achim Lenz
  • 1992 - Terror stalks the Class Reunion, directed by Clive Donner
  • 1993 - Rosenemil, with Dana Vávrová, directed by Radu Gabrea
  • 1993 - Highlander
The Hunters (1993) … Darius
Saving Grace (1993) … Darius
The Beast Below (1993) ... Darius
For Tomorrow We Die (1993) … Darius
Band of Brothers (1993) … Darius

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Episode "Band of Brothers", Final shooting script, p. 1, in Highlander the Series (season 1) (DVD, Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., 2001), disc 9.
  2. ^ a b David Abramovitz, at Highlander: The Official Site at the Wayback Machine (archived August 29, 2003), last accessed February 1, 2007
  3. ^ Donna Lettow, at Highlander_Worldwide, last accessed January 26, 2007
  4. ^ David Abramovitz, in Scott Thomas, There Can Be Only One, Retrovision, n°1, November 1997 issue, p. 47.
  5. ^ Episode "Band of Brothers", Bonus Material, Bill Panzer's interview, in Highlander: The Series (season 1) (DVD, Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., 2001), disc 5.
  6. ^ Episode "The Hunters", Bonus Material, Bill Panzer's interview, in Highlander: The Series (season 1) (DVD, Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., 2001), disc 8.
  7. ^ a b c d Season 1 promotional booklet, in Highlander: The Series (season 1), (DVD, Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., 2001)
  8. ^ Adrian Paul, AOL Live Chat, May 1997, transcript, last accessed February 1, 2007
  9. ^ Episode "Unholy Alliance", in Highlander: The Series (season 2) (DVD, Davis-Panzer Productions and Gétévé, 2003), disk 5.
  10. ^ Episode "Unholy Alliance, Part II", in Highlander: The Series (season 2) (DVD, Davis-Panzer Productions and Gétévé, 2003), disk 5.
  11. ^ Bavarian Film Awards official site (in German), last accessed November 24, 2007
This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2007-02-02 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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