Dirk Bach

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Dirk Bach
Life Ball 2009 (opening) Dirk Bach.jpg
Bach in 2009
Born(1961-04-23)23 April 1961
Died1 October 2012(2012-10-01) (aged 51)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, television presenter
Years active1980–2012

Dirk Bach (23 April 1961 – 1 October 2012) was a German actor, comedian and television presenter, best known as the co-host of Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!, the German version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.[1]


Bach was born in Cologne.[2] After school, he worked in theatres in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Utrecht, and Vienna.[3] In 1992, Bach was a member of the theatre group in Cologne at the Schauspielhaus and appeared on the German television channel RTL on the Dirk Bach Show.[3] He performed in Lukas (1996–2001) on the German TV channel ZDF, for which he received the Telestar award (1996), the German Comedy Award (1999), and the Goldene Kamera (2001).

In 2002, Bach starred in Der kleine Mönch on ZDF. Bach worked in Sesamstraße, the German version of Sesame Street, as the character Pepe. He often performed with Hella von Sinnen on different television productions. From 2004 on, Bach and Sonja Zietlow presented the German edition of the show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. In 2005, Bach played the character Urmel in Urmel aus dem Eis (Impy's Island). Since 2006, Bach has hosted the German game show Frei Schnauze on RTL.

Other work[edit]

Bach was an LGBT activist[citation needed] and member of the LSVD organisation (Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany). He was part of the campaign to bring the 2010 Gay Games to Cologne.[4] He also helped Amnesty International and the organization PETA.

Personal life and death[edit]

Bach lived together with his partner Thomas in Cologne.[5]

Bach died on 1 October 2012 in Berlin at the age of 51 from presumed heart failure.[6][7]


Bach in 2005
Bach alongside Hella von Sinnen in 2006
  • 1983: Kiez [de]
  • 1984: Im Himmel ist die Hölle los / Hullygully in Käseburg
  • 1986: Kir Royal (TV series)
  • 1988: Krieg der Töne (TV experimental film)
  • 1989: Year of the Turtle
  • 1993: Kein Pardon [de]
  • 1994: Die Weltings vom Hauptbahnhof – Scheidung auf Kölsch (TV series)
  • 1994: Drei zum Verlieben (TV series)
  • 1995: Nich' mit Leo [de]
  • 1995: Marys verrücktes Krankenhaus (TV series)
  • 1996: Lukas (TV series)
  • 1997: Rendezvous des Todes (TV)
  • 1998: Mrs. Rettich, Czerni and I [de]
  • 1998: Varell & Decker (TV series)
  • 1999: Zum Sterben schön (TV)
  • 2001: Das Rätsel des blutroten Rubins (TV)
  • 2001: Der Mann, den sie nicht lieben durfte (TV)
  • 2002: Der kleine Mönch (TV series)
  • 2003: Karlchens Parade
  • 2003: Crazy Race 2 – Warum die Mauer wirklich fiel (TV)
  • 2003: In Search of an Impotent Man [de]
  • 2005: Popp Dich schlank! (TV)
  • 2005: Urmel aus dem Eis (TV)
  • 2006: Crocodile Alert [de] (TV)
  • 2006: Crazy Race 3 – Sie knacken jedes Schloss (TV)
  • 2007: Die ProSieben Märchenstunde – Des Kaisers neue Kleider
  • 2009: Einfach Bach
  • 2010: Teufel Gott und Kaiser – Nibelungenfestspiele Worms


  1. ^ "German entertainer Dirk Bach dies at 51". Deutsche Welle. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ Kreitling, Holger (1 October 2012). "Nachruf: Begnadeter Pummel im Fummel – Dirk Bach ist tot". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b Ehrenberg, Markus (1 October 2012). "Nachruf: Dirk Bach: Genie am richtigen, falschen Ort". Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  4. ^ Gay Games VIII in Cologne . Archived 9 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Bild Archived 24 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Dirk Bach tot - Herzversagen als Todesursache wahrscheinlich". berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Dirk Bach ist tot". Spiegel Online (in German). 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.

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