Monday, May 30, 2016

RIP Sieghardt Rupp

Actor Sieghardt Rupp is dead

It has only now become known that the film, TV and theater star Sieghardt Rupp died in July 2015 aged 84 years.  There had been long been rumors of his death and the German film archive confirmed it only now.

By the late-1990s, the actor Sieghardt Rupp, known for his appearances in "crime films", had completely withdrawn from the theater and film business. Most recently, he lived a very secluded life, even his death had not been revealed, according to "courier" at his request. During the preparations of the retrospective on the occasion of his 85th birthday that the film archive had now learned that the actor is no longer alive.

In fact, the actor died on July 20, 2015, at 84 years in Vienna, as well as the Vienna newspaper "Falter" reported the previous week. Sieghardt Rupp was born on June 14, 1931 in Bregenz.  He studies at the University of World Trade in Vienna (today a business university), the son of a school principal he soon and moved to the Max Reinhardt Seminar.

Appeared in "A Fistful of Dollars"

After engagements at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Landestheater Linz and at the Vienna Volkstheater he committed to the Josefstadt, guesting in the summer months at various outdoor stages (Bad Hersfeld, Wunsiedel, Melk, Stockerau, Perchtoldsdorf).

One of his first film roles he played in 1959 in the Showgirl thriller "Girl for the Mambo Bar" under director Wolfgang Glück ("Student Gerber", "'38 - Vienna Before the Fall"). In the 1960s they build Rupp under the name Tommy Rupp in home movies such "The Ranger Christl" for the heartthrob, lies in the stereotypes.  With the movie "Among Vultures" he appeared 1964 as the western genre in which he was  also in "A Fistful of Dollars" as the villain Esteban Rojo under the direction of Sergio Leone and became internationally known.

 Success as the customs investigator Kressin in "Tatort"

He also appeared in comedies (such as "The Last Temptation" with Louis de Funes, 1966), war movies ("Steiner - the Iron Cross" with Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, 1977) Success and literary adaptations such as "Lulu" ( 1962) along with Hildegard Knef and Mario Adorf.  He  ruled as the villain. Definitively a star in the German-speaking countries, he finally gained stardom in the 1970s for his role as customs investigator Kressin in "Tatort".

After he exited from the "crime scene" Rupp again increased his work load on the stage and taught from 1986 also at the Reinhardt Seminar as a specialist in "role design".  For his portrayal of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler at the theater in the Josefstadt 1997 he was awarded the Kainz Medal. The Film Archive honors the film, TV and theater star now from June 1 to 28 with a retrospective.

RUPP, Sieghardt
Born: 6/14/1931, Bregernz, Vorarlberg, Austria
Died: 7/20/2015, Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Sieghardt Rupp’s westerns – actor:
The Last Ride to Santa Cruz - 1963 (Fernando)
Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Esteban Rojo) [as S. Rupp]
Frontier Hellcat - 1964 (Preston)
The Man Called Gringo - 1965 (Reno)
Who Killed Johnny R.? – 1965 (Captain Jason Conroy)
Blood at Sundown – 1966 (Ralph)
Tales of the Wild West (TV) – 1969

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