Thursday, April 24, 2014

RIP Peter Schiff

Stage, TV and voice actor Peter Schiff died of pneumonia in Berlin, Germany on April 17, 2014. He was 89.  Schiff was born as the son of theater directors Dr. Hermann Shiff and actress Louise Schulz-Waida. He learned the acting profession at Marlise Ludwig in Berlin in 1951 and received his first engagement at the theater in Greiz. In addition to numerous appearances at the Berlin theater stages, he appeared in many television productions. In the 1960s, Schiff also worked as a spokesperson for radio play productions and included, among other things, a regular cast of Michael Orth's puppet show "The Kullerköpfe".
Schiff also worked as a voice actor translating foreign films into German. In 1968, he lent his voice to the computer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The mechanized in many ways, but his emphasized gentle and empathetic voice remained unchanged, friendly and patient even with backstabbing and death decisions of the spacecraft computer. It changed the public’s perception and significantly influenced the German language for decades to a picture of the technologies of computer, similar to the original speaker Douglas Rain had been able to do in the original English version.

Born: 6/27/1924, Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg‑Vorpommern, Germany
Died: 4/17/2014, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Peter Schiff's westerns - voice actor:
Frontier Hellcat - 1964 [German voice of Davor Antolic]
Freispruch für Old Shatterhand (TV) - 1965 (Louis Krugel)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [German voice of Benito Stefanelli]
Guns for San Sebastian - 1967 [German voice of Pancho Córdova]
Sabata – 1969 [German voice of Allan Collins]
Gunman in Town - 1970 [German voice of Raffaele Di Mario]
Catlow – 1971 [German voice of Victor Israel]
Duck You Sucker – 1971 [German voice of Franco Graziosi]
Pancho Villa – 1971 [German voice of Alberto Fernandez]
Lawman – 1972 [German voice of Robert Duvall]
What am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? – 1972 [German voice of Paolo Villaggio]
Burning Daylight (TV) - 1975 (Andy Carson)

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