Thursday, November 9, 2017

RIP Hans-Michael Rehberg

"Schindler's List", "The Manns" Hans-Michael Rehberg is dead

Television and cinema made him popular, on the theater stage he was a legend: Hans-Michael Rehberg was one of the most famous actors in Germany. Now he’s died at 79 years old.


Everyone knows his face, even if his name was not so well known. Hans-Michael-Rehberg appeared in innumerable TV thrillers, from "Der Kommissar" in the early seventies to "Derrick", "Der Alte", "Tatort" to "SOKO Kitzbühel".

But his appearances in series ran more side by side. Rehberg was above all a celebrated theater actor. At the age of 25 he was appointed to the ensemble of the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, with 30 being named Bavarian State Actor.

Rehberg played at almost every well-known German-speaking stage: Burgtheater Wien, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Freie Volksbühne Berlin, Kammerspiele Munich, Salzburg Festival. One of his greatest roles is that of the "builder Solness" in the eponymous play by Ibsen. He also worked as a director in the theater.

The haggard Hans-Michael Rehberg became known to a broader public with his series and films. On the basis of his appearances in TV films, a good part of German TV history could be told: "Berlin Alexanderplatz" is among them and "Rosa Luxemburg", "Stammheim", "Die Manns" and "Deutschlandspiel".

In the cinema Rehberg was next to Götz George in "The Totemaker", in Sönke Wortmann's comedy "The Campus" and in Steven Spielberg's Holocaust drama "Schindler's List". In 2004, he also participated in one of the greatest German cinema successes, in Michael "Bully" Herbig's "(T) Spaceship Surprise - Period 1".

Hans-Michael Rehberg was active until the end. His last film role he played in 2016 in the literary adaptation "Glistening luck". In October 2017, he appeared in Munich as a blind seer Teiresias in an "Oedipal" production on stage.

Hans-Michael Rehberg already died on Tuesday in Berlin, as the Munich Residenztheater announced on Thursday.

REHBERG, Hans-Michael
Born: 4/2/1938, Fuistenwalde, Brandenburg, Germany
Died: 11/7/2017, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Michael-Hans Rehberg’s western – actor:
The Dark Valley – 2014 (Brenner)

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