Manfred Krug

Manfred Krug (German: [manˌfʁeːt kʁuːk] (listen); 8 February 1937 – 21 October 2016) was a German actor, singer and author.

Manfred Krug, 1971
Manfred Krug, 2003

Life and workEdit

Born in Duisburg, Krug moved to East Germany at the age of 13, and worked at a steel plant before beginning his acting career on the stage and, ultimately, in film. By the end of the 1950s he had several film roles, and in 1960 he appeared in Frank Beyer's successful war movie Fünf Patronenhülsen (Five Cartridges). Many more film roles followed, with Krug often cast as a socialist hero. Krug also achieved notability as a popular jazz singer, often in collaboration with composer Günther Fischer.[citation needed]

In 1976 the East German government (GDR) forbade Krug to work as an actor and singer because he participated in protests against the expulsion and stripping of GDR citizenship of Wolf Biermann. On 20 April 1977 he requested to leave the GDR and as soon as he got the approval he left the GDR and moved to Schöneberg in West Berlin.[citation needed] After moving back to West Germany he very soon got new roles as an actor but very rarely sang in public for a long time. In 1978 Krug appeared as one of the male leads of the action-drama television series Auf Achse, and would continue to appear on the series until 1995, one year before the show ended its long run. Krug's various television roles even included a two-year stint on the children's program Sesamstraße, the German version of the American children's program Sesame Street. In the 1980s and 1990s, he also starred as Hauptkommissar Paul Stoever in the Tatort series of TV crime movies, which would eventually run for forty installments in total. He died on 21 October 2016 in Berlin.[1]




Film about Manfred KrugEdit


  • 1962: Auf der Sonnenseite
  • 1964: Jazz und Lyrik
  • 1965: Manfred Krug und die Modern Jazz Big Band
  • 1966: Lyrik - Jazz - Prosa (with Eberhard Esche, Annekathrin Bürger and others, in different editions and under different names, some of them in censored versions without Manfred Krug)
  • 1969: Onkel Toms Hütte (audiobook, Krug singing to spirituals)
  • 1970: Fredmanns Episteln an diese und jene aber hauptsächlich an Ulla Winblad (after Carl Michael Bellman)
  • 1971: Das war nur ein Moment
  • 1973: Ein Hauch von Frühling
  • 1974: Greens
  • 1976: Du bist heute wie neu
  • 1977: Abgehauen
  • 1979: Da bist Du ja
  • 1997: Anthologie
  • 2000: Tatort – die Songs (with Charles Brauer)
  • 2000: Evergreens - Das Beste von Manfred Krug - 1962–1977
  • 2000: Deutsche Schlager
  • 2000: Schlafstörung
  • 2001: Manfred Krug Live mit Fanny (with Fanny Krug)
  • 2002: Leben bis Männer (Audiobook; from Thomas Brussig)
  • 2002: Der Weihnachtskrug
  • 2003: Sweet Nothings (with Decebal Badila and Fanny Krug)
  • 2005: Geschichten Vom Herrn K. (Audiobook; from Bertolt Brecht)
  • 2005: Lust des Beginnens (Audiobook; from Bertolt Brecht)
  • 2005: Neuigkeiten an Manfred Krug und Otti (Audiobook; from Jurek Becker)


  • Abgehauen (1997) ISBN 3-548-75041-9
  • Mein schönes Leben (2003) ISBN 3-430-15733-1


External linksEdit


  1. ^ Kirschbaum, Erik (2016-10-27). "Actor Manfred Krug, a star in East and West Germany, dies aged 79". Reuters. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  2. ^ "Bayerischer Filmpreis - "Pierrot"" (PDF). Bayerische Staatskanzlei. 2008-02-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-25.
  3. ^ "Medienministerin Ilse Aigner zum Tod von Manfred Krug" (in German). Bayerische Staatskanzlei. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2019-12-07.