Jan Fedder

Jan Fedder (German: [jan ˈfɛ.dɐ] (About this soundlisten); 14 January 1955 – 30 December 2019) was a German actor, born in Hamburg. He was best known for his role as police officer Dirk Matthies in the German television show Großstadtrevier. He was also known for his role as the crude Petty Officer Pilgrim in Wolfgang Petersen's film, Das Boot. Fedder was especially known for playing typical Northern German characters.[1]

Jan Fedder
Goldene Kamera 2012 - Jan Fedder 1 (cropped).JPG
Fedder in 2012
Born(1955-01-14)14 January 1955
Died30 December 2019(2019-12-30) (aged 64)
Hamburg, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1969–2019
Notable work
Das Boot, Großstadtrevier

While filming a scene in which the U-96 is caught in a storm, Fedder lost his footing and was nearly swept off the conning tower set. Bernd Tauber (who played Navigator Kriechbaum) noticed Fedder was suddenly missing and cried out "Mann-über-Bord!" (man overboard). With the cameras still rolling, Tauber helped him to the conning tower hatch. Petersen did not realize at first that it was an accident and said "Good idea, Jan. We'll do that one more time!" before it came upon him. Fedder was hospitalized and his role was partially rewritten so that he was bed-ridden for a short portion of the film. The footage was developed and the scene in which Pilgrim is nearly swept off the submarine is one of the most memorable moments in the film.

Fedder was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012. He died on 30 December 2019 in Hamburg of the disease, aged 64.[2] He has been in a wheelchair for the past few months of his life.[3]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Reisedienst Schwalbe Boy in cave TV miniseries, 1 episode
1981 Das Boot Pilgrim
1982 Smiley's People Young Man at Water Camp TV miniseries, 1 episode
1983 Die leichten Zeiten sind vorbei
1984 Der Fall Bachmeier – Keine Zeit für Tränen Jan
1984 Der Sohn des Bullen Kottbus
1985 Deadly Twins
1987 Jacob hinter der blauen Tür Ulli
1988 Der Experte Kerschke
1989 Umwege nach Venedig
1990 Werner – Beinhart! Herbert / Bauarbeiter Voice
1990 Land in Sicht Landlord
1991 Superstau [de] Hinnerk
1992–2020 Großstadtrevier Dirk Matthies TV series, 377 episodes, last role
1993 Verlassen Sie bitte Ihren Mann! Rodkin
1997–2019 Neues aus Büttenwarder Kurt Brakelmann TV series, 79 episodes
1999 Werner – Volles Rooäää!!! Herbert Voice
1999 Die Strandclique Alfred Waalkes 2 episodes - S2-03 & S2-04 Geld stinkt nicht - Sachsen können alles
2006 Der Mann im Strom Jan Hinrichs TV film
2008 The Lightship [de] Kapitän Johann Freytag TV film
2008 U-900 Kaleu Rönberg
2009 Soul Kitchen Meyer
2013 Ohne Gnade! Tattoo-Adler

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