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Born in Neurode, Lower Silesia, Germany [now Nowa Ruda, Dolnoslaskie, Poland]
Died in Kleinmachnow, Potsdam-Mittelmark, Brandenburg, Germany  (killed by Russian marauders)
Birth NameFriedrich Martin Adalbert Kayssler

Mini Bio (1)

Friedrich Kayßler was born on April 7, 1874 in Neurode, Lower Silesia, Germany as Friedrich Martin Adalbert Kayssler. He was an actor, known for The Hound of the Baskervilles (1937), Bismarck (1940) and Gold (1934). He was married to Helene Fehdmer and Luise. He died on April 30, 1945 in Kleinmachnow, Potsdam-Mittelmark, Brandenburg, Germany.

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Helene Fehdmer (1905 - 12 August 1939) ( her death)
Luise (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (18)

Father of actor Christian Kayßler.
An addition to acting, he wrote plays and poems.
Lost his son Christian in an allied bombing raid in 1944.
Succeeded his friend Max Reinhardt as manager of the Berliner Neue Freie Volksbühne between 1918 and 1923. During this time, he discovered the director Ludwig Berger and signed on Veit Harlan, Heinz Hilpert and Lucie Mannheim.
Near the end of World War II, he was murdered by Russian soldiers at his Berlin residence while trying to protect his wife.
Trained by Emil Lessing and on stage from 1895 with the Deutschen Theater in Berlin.
Graduating in 1893 Kayßler studied philosophy at the universities of Breslau and Munich and began his theatre career at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin under manager Otto Brahm, later working at municipal theatres in Görlitz and Halle.
In 1904 he met Helene Fehdmer, who played Lola Montez at the Neues Theater. She became his second wife.
He followed Reinhardt, when he became manager of the Deutsches Theater in 1905, where Kayßler performed in Kleist's The Prince of Homburg, Goethe's Faust and Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
At the Deutsches Theater, Kayßler had made friends with director Max Reinhardt, whose Schall und Rauch Kabarett ensemble in Berlin he joined in 1901.
The actor Friedrich Kayssler set the tone of many roles with his character face, especially his piercing look was very impressive.
He attended the gymnasium in Breslau (Wroclaw), where he became a close friend of Christian Morgenstern -they met in 1889 and were friends until Morgenstern's death in 1914 - and Fritz Beblo.
Just before his death he had to take a bad blow. His son Christian Kayssler - likewise a successful actor - died in 1944 at the age of 46.
He was also active as a writer. To his publications belong "Schauspielernotizen" and "Helene Fehdmer zum Gedächtnis".
In Berlin he met Max Reinhardt. Together they started the cabaret "Schall und Rauch". Morgenstern joined them as a regular author.
From 1933 onwards he worked for the Staatstheater, where he was directed by Gustaf Gründgens and Jürgen Fehling.
Kayßler was named as one of the Third Reich's most important artists in the Gottbegnadeten list of September 1944.
He studied in Berlin and started his acting career at different German stages.

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