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Heinz Rühmann

Highest Rated:   81% Ship of Fools (1965)
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Birthplace:   Essen, Germany
Diminutive German character actor Heinz Rühmann performed in over 100 films and, during his seven-decade career, was designated his country's most popular actor 12 times. A versatile performer, Rühmann was particularly adept at comedy and specialized in playing an idealized sort of average man, the so-called Good German, a man who inwardly thumbs his nose at the authority he outwardly tries to respect and who gets through even the stickiest situations on the strength of his cleverness. Rühmann originally played leading men with the Munich Kammerspiele theater company in 1925 (he would continue to work occasionally on stage throughout his career). He made his feature film debut in The German Mother Heart (1926), but he didn't become a star until he appeared in his first talkie, Three From the Gas Station (1930). He made his directorial debut in 1938 with Lauter Lügen and, over the next two decades, directed five more features. When the Nazis took over the German government in 1933, they pressured Rühmann to divorce his wife, Maria Bernheim, because she was Jewish. In a fashion typical of his film persona, rather than acquiesce fully, Rühmann helped her escape to Sweden. With the heat off, he continued his career. After the war, Rühmann and his wife reunited, publicly proclaiming on television that their breakup was solely due to political oppression.The years after the war were difficult for Rühmann. Tired of being typecast, he founded Comedie, his own film company, in hopes of changing his image. But the public didn't want a change, the company failed, and the actor went back to what he did best. As a result, his popularity skyrocketed. Many still consider his best role to be the title one in The Captain From Koepenick (1956). Over the years, he received many German awards for excellence. In addition to his film and stage work, he often appeared on television, especially after the 1960s. Rühmann made his final screen appearance in Far Away, So Close (1993). He passed away the following year, at the age of 92.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Der Lügner (The Liar)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Das Schwarze Schaf
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Sophienlund
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Ich vertraue Dir meine Frau an
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Paradies der Junggesellen (Bachelor's Paradise)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Der Gasmann
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Allotria (Hokum)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Lauter Liebe
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Hauptsache glücklich!
  • Actor
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Quax, der Bruchpilot
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Vater sein dagegen sehr
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Wenn wir alle Engel wären (If We All Were Angels)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Der eiserne Gustav
  • Actor
2011
55% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!)
  • Konrad
1993
No Score Yet The Captain (Der Kapitan)
  • Actor
1971
81% Ship of Fools
  • Lowenthal
1965
No Score Yet Mein Schulfreund (My School Chum)
  • Fuchs
1960
No Score Yet The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls (Ein Mann geht durch die Wand)
  • Herr Buchsbaum
1959
No Score Yet Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain from Köpenick)
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight)
  • Inspector Matthäi
1958
No Score Yet Charleys Tante (Charley's Aunt)
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Captain From Koepenick
  • Wilhelm Voigt
1956
No Score Yet Wenn Der Vater Mit Dem Sohne
  • "Teddy"
1955
No Score Yet Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Die Feuerzangenbowle
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Wunschkonzert
  • Himself
1940
No Score Yet Kleider machen Leute
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Der Florentiner Hut (The Leghorn Hat)
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Nanu, Sie kennen Korff noch nicht? (So You Don't Know Korff Yet?)
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Der Mann, von dem man spricht
  • Toni Mathis
1937
No Score Yet Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war (The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes)(Two Merry Adventurers)
  • Dr. Watson
1937
No Score Yet Ungeküsst soll man nicht schlafen gehn
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Der Himmel auf Erden (Heaven on Earth)
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Ein Walzer für dich (A Waltz for You)
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Lachende Erben (Laughing Heirs) (The Merry Heirs)
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Ich und die Kaiserin
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Man Braucht Kein Geld
  • Schmidt
1932
No Score Yet Bomben auf Monte Carlo (Bombs Over Monte Carlo)(Monte Carlo Madnes)
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Three Good Friends (Die Drei von der Tankstelle)
  • Hans
1931
No Score Yet Einbrecher (Murder for Sale)
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Der Mann, Der Seinen Mörder Sucht
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Der brave Sünder
  • Wittek
1931
No Score Yet Der Hausmeister
  • Actor

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