Gert Voss

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Gert Voss
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Voss in 2011
Born(1941-10-10)10 October 1941
Shanghai, China
Died13 July 2014(2014-07-13) (aged 72)
Vienna, Austria

Gert Voss (10 October 1941 – 13 July 2014) was a German actor. He was known for his roles in Labyrinth of Lies (2014), Sometime in August (2009) and Ritter, Dene, Voss [de] (1987). He was member of the ensemble of the Burgtheater, and a Kammerschauspieler.


Gert Voss was born in Shanghai, China, to Wilhelm Voss, an import/export merchant, and his wife Marion (née Steinhütte). He lived in China until 1948 after which the family moved to a residence near Lake Constance. He studied German and English at the University of Tübingen for several semesters, but he broke off his studies when he succeeded in an acting proficiency test. Voss took private drama lessons from 1964 to 1966 with Ellen Mahlke, followed by his first theater engagements.

After his first engagements at the Stadttheater Konstanz, Staatstheater Braunschweig and at the Residenztheater in Munich, he was discovered by Hans Peter Doll, the director of the Heidelberg Theater. Under Doll, he next appeared at the State Theater in Stuttgart, where there was great discussion about the possible sympathies of director Claus Peymann [de] for members of the Red Army Faction. He then moved to the Schauspielhaus Bochum with Peymann and in 1983 with the role of Hermann in Die Hermannsschlacht by Heinrich von Kleist was engaged at the 20th Berliner Theatertreffen.

Voss moved in 1986 with Peymann to the Burgtheater in Vienna, where he played in the same year Richard III. At that time, he and Peymann were criticised and not accepted by the audience in Vienna.[1] The Peymann era in Vienna started also with Ritter, Dene, Voss [de], a work by Thomas Bernhard dedicated to the three main actors of the Bochum ensemble: Ilse Ritter, Kirsten Dene and Gert Voss.[2] Over the next years, Voss collaborated with directors like Luc Bondy, George Tabori and Peter Zadek.[3] He often played paired with Ignaz Kirchner, both in classical drama and black comedies.[4]

From 1995 to 1998 Voss performed the Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival.[1][5]

Voss died in Vienna, Austria, on 13 July 2014 from leukemia, aged 72.[5] Prior to his death, Voss was Bruno Ganz's original choice to succeed him as holder of the Iffland-Ring, which by tradition distinguishes "the most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre".[6]




Voss, Gert (2011). Ich bin kein Papagei (in German). Vienna: Styria Premium. ISBN 978-3222133367.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Schödel, Helmut (14 July 2014). "Perfekter Techniker seiner Kunst". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Munich. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ Heine, Matthias (8 February 2008). "Ilse Ritter verflucht ihren eigenen Sohn". Die Welt (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Ewiger König". Süddeutsche Zeitung (Press release) (in German). Munich. dpa. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  4. ^ Paterno, Petra (27 September 2018). "Nichts war früher schöner". Wiener Zeitung (in German). Vienna. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Affenzeller, Margarete (15 July 2014). "Schauspieler Gert Voss 72-jährig gestorben". Der Standard (in German). Vienna. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Bruno Ganz hatte Voss zum nächsten Träger des Iffland-Rings bestimmt". Die Presse (Press release) (in German). Vienna. APA. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Gert Voss ist 70: 'Faust' zum Geburtstag". Die Presse (Press release) (in German). Vienna. APA. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  8. ^ Weinzierl, Ulrich (11 October 2011). "Der Narrenkönig Gert Voss blickt zurück". Die Welt (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

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