Paul Dahlke (actor)

Paul Victor Ernst Dahlke (12 April 1904 – 23 November 1984) was a German stage and film actor.[1]

Paul Dahlke
Born(1904-04-12)12 April 1904
Died23 November 1984(1984-11-23) (aged 80)
Salzburg, Austria
Years active1929–1984


Dahlke was born in Gross Streitz (today Strzezenice, Poland) near Köslin in Farther Pomerania. He visited school in Köslin, Stargard and passed his Abitur in Dortmund in 1922. Dahlke started to study at the Clausthal University of Technology and the Technical University of Berlin but also attended some lectures in German philology and dramatics.

In 1927, Dahlke was a scholar of Max Reinhardt's drama school and appeared at different stages in Berlin and Munich in 1929. He became a member of the Deutsches Theater ensemble in 1934 until its closedown in 1944 and was awarded a Staatsschauspieler in 1937. Throughout the 1930s he worked with popular actors like Emil Jannings, Zarah Leander, Lil Dagover or Lída Baarová.

After World War II Dahlke worked at the Staatsschauspiel Munich and embodied characters like Carl Zuckmayer's Des Teufels General or Professor Higgins in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. He became popular by several TV productions in the 1970s, e.g. his appearance in The Old Fox, Derrick or Der Kommissar.

Dahlke was the German dubbing voice of Charles Laughton and Vincent Price.

Dahlke died in Salzburg and is buried at Grundlsee, Austria. He was married to the actress Elfe Gerhart.



  • 1937: Staatsschauspieler
  • 1966: Culture Award of the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft
  • 1974: Filmband in Gold
  • 1979: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Bundesrepublik Deutschland


  1. ^ "Paul Dahlke". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-04-20.

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