Otto Tausig

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Otto Tausig
Nestroy 2009 (42) Otto Tausig.jpg
Tausig on receiving the Nestroy Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement
Born Otto Bruno Tausig
(1922-02-13)13 February 1922
Vienna, Austria
Died 10 October 2011(2011-10-10) (aged 89)
Occupation Writer, film director, actor
Years active 1956–2011

Otto Tausig (13 February 1922 – 10 October 2011) was an Austrian writer, director and actor. Although he usually appeared in German language films, he also played in English language films such as Love Comes Lately, and in French language films such as La Reine Margot and Place Vendôme.

Life and career[edit]

Tausig was the son of Jewish female author Franziska Tausig. When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, she managed to send 16-year-old Otto to England in answer to an advertisement for factory workers which had been posted in The Times.[1] She perished in the ensuing Holocaust, but he was spared.[2]

Tausig returned to Austria in 1946 and enrolled in the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. In 1948 he began as an actor, director and chief editor at the New Theatre in the Scala.[3]

The New Theatre closed in 1956, after which Tausig worked at the Deutsches Theater and the Volksbühne in East Berlin,[1] as a screenwriter and director of satirical short films of DEFA, the so-called "Das Stacheltier".[2] In 1960 he moved to Zurich to work at the Schauspielhaus as a free-lance actor and director.[1] A decade later, Tausig was an ensemble member and director at the Vienna Burgtheater, where he was active until 1983.[1]

Tausig also worked as a freelance artist throughout the German-speaking world, and taught courses at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. He frequently wrote and directed German television films.[citation needed]


Tausig winning the Nestroy Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement


  1. ^ a b c d Frank-Burkhard Habel, Volker Wachter: Das große Lexikon der DDR-Stars, Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-89602-391-8
  2. ^ a b Otto Tausig: Kasperl, Kummerl, Jud Eine Lebensgeschichte, Mandelbaum, Wien 2003, ISBN 3-85476-149-X
  3. ^ "Otto Tausig - Entwicklungshilfeklub". Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bruno Kreisky Menschenrechtspreis". Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1803. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 

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