Peter Fitz (8 August 1931 - 10 January 2013) was a German stage and film actor.[1][2]

Peter Fitz
Born(1931-08-08)8 August 1931
Died10 January 2013(2013-01-10) (aged 81)
Berlin, Germany
NationalityGerman
OccupationActor
Years active1954–2012

BiographyEdit

Fitz completed an apprenticeship at the drama school of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg in the 1950s. In the 1960s, engagements at the Schauspiel Frankfurt theatre followed. Director Peter Stein brought him into the ensemble of the Berlin Schaubühne theatre, where he worked under the direction of Stein as well as Klaus Michael Grüber.

In the course of his career, Fitz performed at all major German-language venues, such as the Vienna Burgtheater, the Munich Kammerspiele, Berlin's Schiller Theater, as well as the Salzburg Festival. In 1980 and 1983, he was voted Actor of the Year by the editors of Theater heute magazine.

Fitz' theater work took precedence throughout his career, but he also appeared in a number of films and television productions. Some of these include the 1987 film Au revoir les enfants and The Wannsee Conference in 1984. In 1996, Fitz was nominated for the German Film Award for his portrayal of Reinhold Schünzel in Hans-Christoph Blumenberg's Beim nächsten Kuß knall’ ich ihn nieder. Fitz was also known to a broad television audience through crime films and series, as well as for his voice acting work.

Peter Fitz died in his Berlin apartment on 10 January 2013 at the age of 81.[3] He is the father of actress Hendrikje Fitz (1961–2016) and actor Florian Fitz (born 1967). He is buried in the Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf Berlin forest cemetery.[citation needed] His daughter was buried next to him upon her death in 2016.[citation needed]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Die Brüder Dr. Hoffmann
1977 Heinrich
1978 Zwischen zwei Kriegen Ingenieur
1981 The Man in Pyjamas Harry Lachmann
1982 Wer spinnt denn da, Herr Doktor? Chefarzt Prof. Eduard von Schög
1984 Der Mord mit der Schere
1987 Au revoir les enfants Dr. Müller
1987 Drachenfutter Gast im Chinarestaurant
1988 Z.B. ... Otto Spalt The Director
1988 Blinde Leidenschaft
1990 Dr. M Veidt
1990 All Out Schnyder
1991 Wer hat Angst vor Rot, Gelb, Blau? von Sell
1992 Alles Lüge Rudolf Portmann
1993 Just a Matter of Duty Anwalt
1993 Ich und Christine [de] Hotte
1995 Die Knickerbocker-Bande: Das sprechende Grab Erik (Direktor)
1995 Flerte Doctor
1995 Wo ist Erkan Deriduk
1996 Beim nächsten Kuß knall’ ich ihn nieder Reinhold Schünzel
1996 Conversation with the Beast Dr. Segebrecht
1997 14 Days to Life Director
1998 23 Brückner
1999 Moloch Adolf Hitler Voice
2000 Werckmeister Harmonies György Eszter
2001 Planet der Kannibalen Professor Dr. Dr. Best
2003 September Isidor Krantz
2003 Hamlet_X Claudius #2
2004 Soundless Martin Hinrich
2004 Zwölf Stühle Narrator Voice
2004 Laura's Star Mond Voice, Animated film
2007 Töredék
2007 Weisse Lilien Ludwig von Auerbach
2008 Meine Mutter, mein Bruder und ich! Kalust
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982-1985 Schwarz Rot Gold 2 episodes
1984 The Wannsee Conference Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart TV movie
1988-1997 Tatort Professor Luiz Santos / Jahnke / Branch manager Steinhoff 3 episodes
1998 Polizeiruf 110 Herbert Krolikowski 1 episode
1999 Tatort Norbert's father 1 episode
2001 Rosmersholm Rektor Kroll TV movie
2004 Wilsberg Kurt Vosswinkel 1 episode
2004 Die Konferenz Dr. Roman Branzger TV movie
2006 Bella Block Pastor Justus Bauernfeind 1 episode
2011 Ein Sommer in Paris Rocher / Günter TV movie

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • 1980, 1983: Actor of the Year, Theater heute magazine
  • 1996: Nominated for German Film Award for Beim nächsten Kuß knall’ ich ihn nieder
  • 2001: Nestroy Theatre Prize for best supporting role in Rosmersholm
  • 2005: Hessian TV Award as an ensemble member of the film Die Konferenz

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Der "Präzisionsartist" - Schauspieler Peter Fitz ist tot" [Actor Peter Fitz Is Dead]. Der Spiegel (in German). 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  2. ^ "Peter Fitz". Munzinger-Archiv. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  3. ^ "Peter Fitz - stiller Koenig mit grosser Stimme ist verstummt" [Peter Fitz - Silent King with a Great Voice Has Fallen Silent]. morgenpost.de (in German). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2020.

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