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Hansjörg Felmy Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Berlin, Germany
Died in Eching, Landshut, Bavaria, Germany

Mini Bio (1)

Hansjörg Felmy was the son of senior Luftwaffe general Hellmuth Felmy (1885-1965) who had risen to corps command in the closing stages of the Second World War. The younger Felmy grew up in Brunswick and first worked in the locksmiths and printing trades. Finding the arts more to his taste he joined a travelling theatrical troupe, afterwards taking acting classes. He made his stage debut in 1950 in Carl Zuckmayer's "Des Teufels General". His first screen roles were similarly in uniformed garb (paralleling the beginnings of fellow young actors Horst Frank and Joachim Hansen), in Der Stern von Afrika (1957) and Haie und kleine Fische (1957).

Felmy had looks, a certain impudent charm and a fair share of acting ability. He fell into the anti-hero category at a time of 'angry young men', skepticism and the questioning of authority. He was fortunate to score as many high profile and challenging film roles as he could reasonably expect: Der Maulkorb (1958), Wir Wunderkinder (1958), The Buddenbrooks (1959) and the beautifully filmed epic family saga Duel with Death (1959). Felmy consequently emerged as one of the most bankable and popular stars of the 1950's and early 60's. As the quality of German cinema began to decline, Felmy concentrated more on theatrical and dubbing work (notably for English-speaking stars like Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine). In pictures, he made his international debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (1966) and remained in the public consciousness playing conventional, dramatically undemanding leads in commercially successful Edgar Wallace potboilers like The Mad Executioners (1963) and Das Ungeheuer von London-City (1964). After a quiet spell of five years, Felmy's screen career was revived when he was signed by the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) to star as thoughtful police inspector Heinz Haferkamp in the long running TV series Tatort (1970). He played Haferkamp for six years, in the process becoming one of Germany's most popular TV actors. Felmy died from the effects of osteoporosis in August 2007 at the age of 76.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (2)

Claudia Wedekind (1986 - 24 August 2007) (his death)
Elfriede Rückert (December 1960 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (2)

Attended acting lessons under Hella Kaiser from 1947 to 1949.
Born to Hellmuth Felmy, a pilot and German Air Force General, and his wife Helene Boettcher, he grew up in Brunswick.

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