Joachim Fuchsberger

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Joachim Fuchsberger
Joachim Fuchsberger ROMY2008.jpg
Fuchsberger in 2008.
Born (1927-03-11)11 March 1927
Stuttgart, Germany
Died 11 September 2014(2014-09-11) (aged 87)
Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany
Cause of death Multiple organ failure
Other names "Blacky" Fuchsberger
Occupation Actor, television host
Years active 1953–2013
Spouse(s) Gitta Lind (1951–1953) (divorced)
Gundula Korte (1954–his death) (1 son)

Joachim "Blacky" Fuchsberger (pronounced [ˈjoːaxɪm ˈfʊçsbɛrɡɐ]; 11 March 1927 – 11 September 2014) was a German-Australian actor, television host, lyricist and businessman best known to a wide German-speaking audience as one of the recurring actors in various Edgar Wallace movies (always playing one of the good guys, often a Detective Inspector with Scotland Yard). In the English-speaking world, he was sometimes credited as Akim Berg or Berger.

Life and career[edit]

Fuchsberger was born in Zuffenhausen, today a district of Stuttgart, and was a member of the obligatory Hitler Youth.[1] During World War II, at the age of 16, he was trained as a Fallschirmjäger, combat instructor and sent to the Eastern Front where he was wounded. He was captured in a hospital in Stralsund by the Red Army and came into Soviet captivity and later in American and British captivity. Because of this turbulent time of his youth on the Eastern front, he could never make a school diploma.[1] In 1946, he worked as a coal miner for the British in Recklinghausen. His nickname Blacky, which has been incessantly used by the media, hails from that time.

After his release, he worked as an engineer for typesetting and printing machines in the family business and later in a publishing house in Düsseldorf. In 1949, he was advertising manager of the German Building Exhibition in Nuremberg. From 1950 to 1952, he was spokesman at the radio station in Munich and newsreel spokesman. In 1951, he married the pop singer Gitta Lind, from whom he divorced after two years. In 1954 he married the radio technician and actress Gundula Korte (born 24 March 1930), with whom he has a son. In the same year he had his breakthrough playing "Gunner Asch" in the three-part war film 08/15 (film series), based on the novel by Hans Hellmut Kirst.

After several war films, he starred in the 1959 film Der Frosch mit der Maske (lit. The Frog with the Mask) playing Amateur detective Richard Gordon. More than 3.2 million visitors saw the movie in the cinema. The surprising success laid the foundation for many other film adaptations of novels by Edgar Wallace.

After this success, he played the detective in another 12 Edgar Wallace films: 1960 – Chief Inspector Long in Die Bande des Schreckens (lit. The Gang of Horror); 1961 – Inspector Larry Holt in Die toten Augen von London (The Dead Eyes of London); 1961 – Insurance Agent Jack Tarling in Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen (lit. The Mystery of the Yellow Daffodils); 1961 – Inspector Mike Dorn in Die seltsame Gräfin (The Strange Countess); 1962 – Inspector Wade in Das Gasthaus an der Themse (lit. The Inn on the River Thames); 1963 – Clifford Lynne in Der Fluch der gelben Schlange (lit. The Curse of the Yellow Snake); 1963 – Estate manager Dick Alford in Der schwarze Abt (The Black Abbot); 1964 – Investigator Johnny Gray in Zimmer 13 (Room 13); 1964 – Inspector Higgins in Der Hexer (The Warlock); 1967 – Inspector Higgins in Der Mönch mit der Peitsche (lit. The Monk with the Whip); 1968 – Inspector Higgins in Im Banne des Unheimlichen (lit. In the Hands of the Uncanny); 1972 – Inspector Barth in Das Geheimnis der grünen Stecknadel (lit. The Secret of the Green Pin).

Fuchsberger was the stadium announcer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. During the closing ceremony, it was suspected that a hijacked passenger aircraft was on its way to the stadium. Fuchsberger, fearing a panic, decided against evacuation. This decision was vindicated when the original suspicion turned out to have been false.

In the late 1960s, Fuchsberger co-founded a real estate company that went bankrupt in a short time. At 42, he had lost his entire fortune, had to sell his villa and sat on a mountain of debt. With the help of his wife, Gundula, good friends and tireless work, he managed to discharge the debt and to start a new existence.

In 1978, he was bitten by a chimpanzee during a TV show and fell seriously ill with hepatitis B. He spent 4 months at the quarantine station and suffered through a depression but recovered. He withdrew from film and television work in the late 1970s and concentrated on his stage career. In the late 1990s he started reappearing in some television movies, which after a break he continues from the late 2000s until now.

In 1984, he was the first German ambassador for UNICEF. On 13 November 2006, he was awarded the Bavarian State Medal for Social Services for those activities.[2] Since 2009, Fuchsberger is member of the Board of Trustees of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 and Co-patron of the volunteer program for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011.[3]

His son, Thomas (1957–2010), was a composer and drowned in Kulmbach on 14 October 2010.[4][5] Late in life, Fuchsberger lived in Grünwald near Munich and near Hobart, Tasmania. He held Australian citizenship together with his original German one. He died of organ failure at his Germany home on 11 September 2014.[6]



TV shows[edit]

  • 1960–1961: Nur nicht nervös werden (ARD)
  • 1973–1975: Der heiße Draht (SWF)
  • 1975–1976: Spiel mit mir (SWF)
  • 1977–1986: Auf Los geht's los (de) (SWF)
  • 1980–1991: Heut' abend (ARD)
  • 1990–1994: Ja oder Nein (ARD)


  • 1988-2003: Terra Australis (20 films by Fuchsberger about people and landscapes of his adopted country)
  • 2011: Germaine Damar - Der tanzende Stern (TV) – Regie: Michael Wenk (Fuchsberger as interviewee commemorating his former film partner Germaine Damar)


  1. ^ a b Vgl. Setzen, Sechs! – Schulgeschichten aus Deutschland (1/3). Verlorene Kindheit. Documentary from Dora Heinze for SWR. German first broadcast on 8 December 2005 (German)
  2. ^ Joachim Fuchsberger Biografie, Who's who (German)
  3. ^ German
  4. ^ (German)
  5. ^ (German)
  6. ^ TV-Legende: Joachim Fuchsberger ist tot (Spiegel Online, 11 September 2014)
  7. ^ vgl. Kriegskinder – kurz vorgestellt Joachim "Blacky" Fuchsberger – Jahrgang 1927, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2010-10-15.  (German)
  8. ^ Fuchsberger Biografie bei (German)
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