Siegfried Rauch

Siegfried Rauch (2 April 1932 – 11 March 2018[1]) was a German film and television actor. In a career spanning over 60 years, he appeared in several international film productions and had leading roles in numerous German television productions.

Siegfried Rauch
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Born(1932-04-02)2 April 1932
Died11 March 2018(2018-03-11) (aged 85)
Years active1958–2018
Karin Rauch
(m. 1964)
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Siegfried Rauch was born in Landsberg am Lech, Upper Bavaria. He studied drama at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and also attended private drama lessons. He began performing in theatres in 1958, beginning with Bremen (until 1962), and followed by Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.

In the 1970s, Rauch appeared in the 1970 Hollywood film Patton as Captain Steiger. In Le Mans (1971), Rauch played the race driver Erich Stahler who is Steve McQueen's rival. In Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One, Rauch played a German army sergeant, the counterpart of Lee Marvin's character, who experiences the same events as Marvin only from a German perspective. Other Hollywood productions in which Rauch appeared were The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Escape to Athena (1979).

His most famous leading role on 1970s German television was Thomas Lieven in Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (It Can't Always Be Caviar), based on the spy novel by Johannes Mario Simmel. His various other roles on television propelled his career as an actor in Germany.

From 1999 to 2013 Rauch had one of the leading roles as the captain on Das Traumschiff, one of the most-watched television series in Germany. In this role he was preceded by Heinz Weiss and succeeded by Sascha Hehn.[2] He also appeared regularly in other German TV productions, including Der Bergdoktor, and remained active until his death.

Personal lifeEdit

Siegfried Rauch, also known as "Sigi", lived in Obersöchering near Weilheim in southern Upper Bavaria. Rauch married Karin in 1964, and they had two sons together.[3] Steve McQueen was the godfather of his son Jakob.[4]

Rauch died on 11 March 2018 from sudden heart failure which caused him to fall down stairs at the village fire station near his home. He was 85 years old.[5][6]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Siegfried Rauch, Steve McQueen's Racing Rival in 'Le Mans,' Dies at 85". The Hollywood Reporter. 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Sascha Hehn follows Siegfried Rauch as captain of "Traumschiff"". Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung10. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
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  4. ^ Stockburger, Christoph (15 April 2016). "Steve McQueens Kultfilm "Le Mans": "Lass die anderen quasseln"". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 12 March 2018 – via Spiegel Online.
  5. ^ "Nach Treppensturz: "Traumschiff"-Kapitän Siegfried Rauch ist tot". 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018 – via
  6. ^ "Siegfried Rauch an Herzversagen gestorben".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Siegfried Rauch at Wikimedia Commons