Born in Vienna, he worked for the Austrian postal service before winning a talent competition in the Vienna Konzerthaus in 1946. Credited at the time as "the best jazz singer in Vienna", he took singing and acting lessons and began a career as a popular baritone singer and entertainer. His song "Casseta in Canada" reached number 3 on the German pop chart in 1958. He made numerous television appearances, and appeared in popular West German films such as Weißer Holunder, Der Haus-Tyrann, and Paprika.
He largely gave up his career in entertainment in the late 1960s after the deaths of both his wife and father, from whom he received a large inheritance. He lived quietly in retirement, and made his final public appearance in 2002. He died in 2015, aged 87.
- Willy Hagara, Steffi-line.de. Retrieved 16 February 2019
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