Michael Gwisdek

Michael Gwisdek (14 January 1942 – 22 September 2020) was a German actor and film director.[1]

Michael Gwisdek
Hessischer Film- und Kinopreis 2015 - Michael Gwisdek - Gabriela Gwisdek (cropped).JPG
Born(1942-01-14)14 January 1942
Died22 September 2020(2020-09-22) (aged 78)
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1968–2020


He began his acting career in East Germany and has appeared in more than 130 films and television shows since 1968. His debut film as a director, Treffen in Travers, was the first East-German film[2] screened at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.[3] His 1998 film The Big Mambo was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] The following year, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival, for his role in the film Nightshapes.[5]

He married the actress Corinna Harfouch in 1985 and they divorced in 1997. They had two sons together before they married; the musician Johannes Gwisdek (born 1980) and the actor Robert Gwisdek (born 1984). He married his second wife, Gabriela, shortly after divorcing Harfouch.[6]

Gwisdek died on 22 September 2020 aged 78.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Schauspieler Michael Gwisdek gestorben (in German)
  2. ^ a b "Michael Gwisdek ist tot". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Treffen in Travers". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  6. ^ B.Z. - Hausbesuch bei den Gwisdeks in B.Z., 12 September 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2018
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Michael Gwisdek". DEFA Stiftung (in German). Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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