Harry Meyen

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Harry Meyen
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Harry Meyen and Romy Schneider received by Rut Brandt, Bonn, 1971
Born Harald Haubenstock
(1924-08-31)31 August 1924
Hamburg, Germany
Died 15 April 1979(1979-04-15) (aged 54)
Hamburg, Germany
Cause of death suicide by hanging
Resting place Ohlsdorf Cemtery, Hamburg
Occupation Actor
Years active 1948–1975
Spouse(s) Anneliese Römer (1953-1966) (divorced)
Romy Schneider (1966–1975) (divorced) (1 son)
Children David Christopher (1966-1981) (accident)

Harry Meyen (born as Harald Haubenstock, 31 August 1924 – 15 April 1979) was a German film actor. He appeared in more than 40 films and television productions between 1948 and 1975. In the 1960s he also worked as a theatre director in West Germany.

Personal life[edit]

Meyen was born in Hamburg, the son of a Jewish merchant who was deported in a concentration camp during the Nazi regime. The 18-year-old Meyen himself was incarcerated[1] as a Mischling and survived the Neuengamme concentration camp.

After the war, he began his career with Willy Maertens at the Hamburg Thalia Theater. From 1952 he performed at the Theater Aachen and from 1955 moved to Berlin. Also starring in films directed by Helmut Käutner, Falk Harnack and Wolfgang Staudte, he played the role of a young Luftwaffe officer in the 1955 movie Des Teufels General side by side with Curd Jürgens. He also worked as a dubbing actor giving his voice to Dirk Bogarde, Robert Mitchum, Michel Piccoli, Peter Sellers, and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

From 1953 to 1966 he was married to actress Anneliese Römer. In July 1966 he married Romy Schneider in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Their son David Christopher was born 3 December 1966; the family lived in Berlin and later in Hamburg. Meyen dealt with the production of theatre plays and operas, however with moderate success. The couple finally divorced in 1975, and Schneider took their son with her to France.

In 1979 Meyen committed suicide in his Hamburg home, his son died in an accident two years later. He is buried in the Ohlsdorf Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Nora's Ark (1948) - Peter Stoll
  • K - Das Haus des Schweigens (1951) - Roger - erwachsen
  • Der große Zapfenstreich (1952) - Leutnant Robert Kroldt
  • Alraune (1952) - Count Geroldingen
  • Wir tanzen auf dem Regenbogen (1952) - Grigory
  • Geliebtes Leben (1953) - Jürgen von Bolin
  • Regina Amstetten (1954) - Jürgen von Bredow
  • Der treue Husar (1954) - Fred Wacker
  • Fräulein vom Amt (1954) - Curt Cramer
  • Des Teufels General (1955) - Leutnant Hartmann
  • Miracle Mile (1956) - Philip Ardent
  • Meine 16 Söhne (1956)
  • Junger Mann, der alles kann (1957) - Hubert Rombach, Kunsthändler
  • Scandal in Bad Ischl (1957) - Dr. Balsam, Assistenzarzt
  • Madeleine und der Legionär (1958) - Jean de Maire
  • Petersburger Nächte (1958)
  • Der eiserne Gustav (1958) - Assessor
  • Freddy, the Guitar and the Sea (1959) - Lothar Brückner
  • Old Heidelberg (1959) - Graf Detlev v. Asterberg
  • The High Life (1960) - Heinrich
  • Sweetheart of the Gods (1960) - Volker Hellberg
  • Sturm im Wasserglas (1960) - George
  • A Woman for Life (1960) - Leutnant Karl Degenhardt
  • Lebensborn (1961) - Hauptsturmführer Dr. Hagen
  • Mörderspiel (1961) - Klaus Troger
  • Frauenarzt Dr. Sibelius (1962) - Dr. Möllendorf
  • Redhead (1962) - Herbert Lucas
  • Enough Rope (1963) - Tony
  • The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964) - Inspector Angel
  • Is Paris Burning? (1966) - Lieutenant von Arnim
  • Triple Cross (1966) - Lieutenant Keller
  • Komm, süßer Tod (1966) - (scenes deleted)
  • Derrick (1975-1977) - Harris / Dr. Hauffe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Königin der Schmerzen" by Matthias Matussek and Lars-Olav Beier, Der Spiegel (21 May 2007) (German)

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