Henry Hübchen

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Henry Hübchen
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Henry Hübchen in Karlovy Vary (2009)
Born Henry Hübchen
(1947-02-20) 20 February 1947 (age 70)
Occupation actor
Years active 1971–present
Awards German Film Awards, Best Actor
2005 Alles auf Zucker!

Henry Hübchen (born 20 February 1947 in Berlin)[1] is a German actor who played the title character in the award-winning 2004 film Go for Zucker. That performance earned him a Lola, Germany's equivalent of an Oscar,[2] and critical praise at home and abroad.[3] He was raised in East Berlin, in what was then East Germany.

Praise for Zucker[edit]

Critic David Denby praised his performance in Zucker, writing "veteran German theater and film actor Henry Hübchen gives this middle-aged rogue a Bellovian gusto. Hübchen has the eyes of a gentle bull and a teenager's manic energy."[4] The New York Times said the character, Jaeckie Zucker, "suggests a German Jewish Rodney Dangerfield in his gleeful boorishness."[5]

Other work and background[edit]

In an August 2004 profile, German public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk said Hübchen is best known in Germany for a role on the long-running television series Polizeiruf 110. The profile says that before coming to film, he was a failed physics student, wrote songs for the East German rock group City and was twice East German windsurfing champion (in 1980 and 1981).[6]

According to the article he studied drama in Berlin and Magdeburg.[7] He won the Berlin Theater Award (Theaterpreis Berlin) in 2000.[8]

He has two daughters,Theresa and Franziska, with his wife Sanna Hübchen.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]