Hannes Stelzer

Hannes Stelzer (20 June 1910 – 27 December 1944) was an Austrian film actor. Stelzer was a leading actor in German cinema during the Nazi era.

Hannes Stelzer
Born20 June 1910
Died27 December 1944 (aged 34)
Years active1936 – 1943 (film)

As well as appearing in dramas and light comedies, Stelzer also featured in more propagandistic works, including leading roles in the war films Stukas[1] and The Crew of the Dora (1943), his final film.

During the Second World War Stelzer served in the German Air Force. In 1944 he was killed in a plane crash near Komáron, Hungary,[2] possibly as the result of enemy action. By Reichskulturkammer, dated 27 January 1945, he was returning from mission during heavy snowstorm and hit the power lines. [3]

Stelzer married Johanna Weyand in 1935 and, after they divorced, the German actress Maria Bard in 1940, whom he remained married to until her death in 1944.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Kreimeier p.312
  2. ^ Giesen p.260
  3. ^ "German Films Dot Net – Film Posters :: Hannes Stelzer ( † 1944)".


  • Kreimeier, Klaus: The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 1999.
  • Giesen, Rolf: Nazi propaganda films: a history and filmography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2003.
  • Gillespie, William: Karl Ritter. His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism. 2nd exp. edition. Potts Points, NSW: German Films Dot Net 2014. (Chapter: 6. Ritter, Hannes Stelzer and a Hero's Death).

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