Harry Meyen (born Harald Haubenstock; 31 August 1924 – 15 April 1979) was a German film actor. He appeared in more than 40 films and television productions between 1948 and 1975. In the 1960s he also worked as a theatre director in West Germany.
31 August 1924
|Died||15 April 1979 (aged 54)|
Hamburg, West Germany
|Cause of death||suicide by hanging|
|Resting place||Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg|
(m. 1953; div. 1966)
(m. 1966; div. 1975)
Meyen was born in Hamburg, the son of a Jewish merchant who was deported to a concentration camp during the Nazi regime. The 18-year-old Meyen himself was incarcerated as a Mischling and survived the Neuengamme concentration camp.
After the war, he began his career with Willy Maertens at the Hamburg Thalia Theater. From 1952 he performed at the Theater Aachen and from 1955 moved to Berlin. Also starring in films directed by Helmut Käutner, Falk Harnack and Wolfgang Staudte, he played the role of a young Luftwaffe officer in the 1955 movie Des Teufels General side by side with Curd Jürgens. He also worked as a dubbing actor giving his voice to Dirk Bogarde, Robert Mitchum, Michel Piccoli, Peter Sellers, and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
From 1953 to 1966 he was married to actress Anneliese Römer. In July 1966 he married Romy Schneider in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Their son David Christopher was born 3 December 1966; the family lived in Berlin and later in Hamburg. Meyen dealt with the production of theatre plays and operas, however with moderate success. The couple finally divorced in 1975, and Schneider took their son with her to France.
Meyen was a depressive, his condition caused by the torture he had received from the Nazis for being half-Jewish. In 1979, Meyen hanged himself at home in Hamburg. He is buried in the Ohlsdorf Cemetery. His son David Meyen died in an accident two years later.
- Nora's Ark (1948) - Peter Stoll
- K – Das Haus des Schweigens (1951) - Roger
- The Sergeant's Daughter (1952) - Leutnant Robert Kroldt
- Alraune (1952) - Count Geroldingen
- We're Dancing on the Rainbow (1952) - Grigory
- Beloved Life (1953) - Jürgen von Bolin
- Regina Amstetten (1954) - Jürgen von Bredow
- Der treue Husar (1954) - Fred Wacker
- The Telephone Operator (1954) - Curt Cramer
- Des Teufels General (1955) - Leutnant Hartmann
- Miracle Mile (1956) - Philip Ardent
- Meine 16 Söhne (1956)
- Night of Decision (1956)
- Junger Mann, der alles kann (1957) - Hubert Rombach, Kunsthändler
- Scandal in Bad Ischl (1957) - Dr. Balsam, Assistenzarzt
- Escape from Sahara (1958) - Jean de Maire
- Petersburger Nächte (1958)
- Der eiserne Gustav (1958) - Assessor
- Freddy, the Guitar and the Sea (1959) - Lothar Brückner
- Old Heidelberg (1959) - Graf Detlev v. Asterberg
- The High Life (1960) - Heinrich
- Sweetheart of the Gods (1960) - Volker Hellberg
- Storm in a Water Glass (1960) - George
- A Woman for Life (1960) - Leutnant Karl Degenhardt
- Lebensborn (1961) - Hauptsturmführer Dr. Hagen
- Mörderspiel (1961) - Klaus Troger
- Doctor Sibelius (1962) - Dr. Möllendorf
- Redhead (1962) - Herbert Lucas
- Enough Rope (1963) - Tony
- The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964) - Inspector Angel
- Is Paris Burning? (1966) - Lieutenant von Arnim
- Triple Cross (1966) - Lieutenant Keller
- Photo Finish (directed by Harry Meyen, 1970, TV film) - Sam Kinsale
- Derrick: Kamillas junger Freund (1975, TV) - Dr. Hauffe
- Derrick: Mord im TEE 91 (1977, TV) - Harris
- "Die Königin der Schmerzen" by Matthias Matussek and Lars-Olav Beier, Der Spiegel (21 May 2007) (in German)
- Connolly, Kate (29 September 2008). "The rehabilitation of Romy Schneider". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
- "The son of actress Romy Schneider was killed Sunday..." UPI. 6 July 1981. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
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