Helmut Griem

Helmut Griem
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Griem (left) in Berlin, 1968
Born(1932-04-06)6 April 1932
Hamburg, Germany
Died19 November 2004(2004-11-19) (aged 72)
Munich, Germany
OccupationActor, theatre director
Years active1956–2002

Helmut Griem (6 April 1932 – 19 November 2004) was a German film, television and stage actor, and director.

Biography

Born in Hamburg, Griem was primarily a stage actor, appearing at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Munich Kammerspiele, and finally in the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, also in Munich.

Griem became well known to international audiences as the diabolic SS-officer Aschenbach in The Damned. His role in the Academy Award-winning film Cabaret (1972) as the wealthy Baron Maximilian von Heune is probably his best-known international performance. Other performances include his work in The McKenzie Break, and Ludwig and Breakthrough. Among his many film and TV appearances was one in NBC's Peter the Great as the Tsar's lifelong friend and "right hand" Alexander Menshikov, alongside Maximilian Schell. He starred in the television mini-series The Devil's Lieutenant directed by John Goldschmidt, adapted by Jack Rosenthal and based on the novel by the Hungarian-American playwright and author Maria Fagyas (1905–1985), for Channel 4 and ZDF.

Griem performed in many classic roles from both the German and English-language repertoire. Later in his career Griem turned to theatre direction, including Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill. Before his death, he had planned to direct the Botho Strauss play, Die eine und die andere (This One and The Other). Griem twice won the Bambi Award: in 1961 and in 1976.[1] He died in Munich in 2004, aged 72.

Theatre

Helmut Griem (left) in 1954
TitleAuthorRoleDirector
Intrigue and LoveFriedrich SchillerFerdinandWilli Schmidt
Leonce and LenaGeorg BüchnerLeonceHans Bauer
As You Like ItWilliam ShakespeareOrlandoWilli Schmidt
The Glass MenagerieTennessee WilliamsTomWilli Schmidt
Richard IIWilliam ShakespeareTitle RoleHans Lietzau
The Cherry OrchardAnton ChekhovLopachinHans Lietzau
The PhilanthropistChristopher HamptonPhilippDieter Dorn
The Prince of HomburgHeinrich von KleistTitle RoleHans Lietzau
The MaidsJean GenetClaireDieter Dorn
PhiloctetesHeiner MüllerTitle RoleHans Lietzau
Die RäuberFriedrich SchillerKarl MoorHans Lietzau
My Fair LadyLerner and LoeweProfessor HigginsAugust Everding
Troilus and CressidaWilliam ShakespeareThersitesDieter Dorn
FaustJohann Wolfgang GoetheTitle RoleDieter Dorn
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Edward AlbeeGeorgeMartin Meltge

Filmography

YearTitleRoleLanguageDirectorWith...Notes
1960Fabrik der OffiziereOberleutnant KrafftGermanFrank Wisbar
Written by Hans Hellmut Kirst
Horst Frank
1961Girl from Hong KongGlenn DierksGermanFranz Peter WirthAkiko Wakabayashi and Hanns Lothar
BarbaraDoctor Poul AggersøGermanFrank WisbarHarriet Andersson
The Dream of Lieschen MuellerJanGermanHelmut KäutnerSonja Ziemann, Martin Held and Cornelia Froboess
1962Oggi a Berlino (Today in Berlin)HansItalianPiero Vivarelli
Written by Piero Vivarelli, Giuseppe Isani
1963Because, Because of a WomanJohann MullerFrenchMichel DevilleMylène Demongeot, Marie Laforêt and Jacques Charrier
1969The DamnedAschenbachEnglishLuchino ViscontiDirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Berger
1970The McKenzie BreakKapitänleutnant SchlüterEnglishLamont JohnsonBrian Keith
1972CabaretBaron Maximilian von HeuneEnglishBob FosseLiza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey and Fritz Wepper
The Morals of Ruth HalbfassFranz VogelsangGermanVolker SchlöndorffSenta Berger
LudwigCount DürckheimEnglishLuchino ViscontiHelmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Gert Fröbe, Trevor Howard and Silvana Mangano
1975Children of RageDr. David ShalomEnglishArthur Allan SeidelmanOlga Georges-Picot
1976The ClownHans SchnierGermanVojtěch Jasný
Written by Heinrich Böll
Hanna Schygulla and Hans Christian Blech
The Desert of the TartarsLieutenant SimeonItalianValerio ZurliniVittorio Gassman, Laurent Terzieff, Max von Sydow, Philippe Noiret, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Fernando Rey, Giuliano Gemma and Francisco Rabal
Voyage of the DamnedOtto SchiendickEnglishStuart RosenbergFaye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant, Max von Sydow, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Orson Welles, Katharine Ross, Ben Gazzara, Fernando Rey, José Ferrer, Maria Schell and Julie Harris
1978Germany in AutumnGermanRainer Werner Fassbinder,
Volker Schlöndorff,
Edgar Reitz,
Alexander Kluge, et al.
The Glass CellPhillip BraunGermanHans W. GeißendörferBrigitte Fossey and Bernhard Wicki
Mannen i skugganWilli MohrSwedishArne MattssonSlobodan Dimitrijević
Les Rendez-vous d'AnnaHeinrich SchneiderFrenchChantal AkermanAurore Clément
1979BreakthroughMajor StranskyEnglishAndrew V. McLaglenRichard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger and Curd Jürgens
The Hamburg SyndromeSebastianGermanPeter FleischmannFernando Arrabal
1980Put on IceLehrer BraschGermanBernhard SinkelÁngela Molina and Martin Benrath
1981MalouMartin RethmannGermanJeanine MeerapfelIngrid Caven and Ivan Desny
Stachel im FleischHansGermanHeidi GenéeBarbara Lass
1982The Magic MountainJames TienappelGermanHans W. GeißendörferChristoph Eichhorn, Marie-France Pisier, Rod Steiger and Charles Aznavour
Elective AffinitiesEduard OttoFrenchClaude ChabrolStéphane AudranTV film
La Passante du Sans-SouciMichel WienerFrenchJacques RouffioRomy Schneider and Michel Piccoli
Die VersuchungLudwigGermanKrzysztof ZanussiMaja Komorowska and Eva Maria MeinekeTV film
1984The Devil's LieutenantJudge Advocate KunzeEnglishJohn GoldschmidtIan Charleson, Barbara De Rossi and Claudine AugerTV film
1986Peter the GreatAlexander MenshikovEnglishMarvin J. Chomsky,
Lawrence Schiller
Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Laurence Olivier, Omar Sharif, Lilli Palmer, Ursula Andress, Hanna Schygulla, Elke Sommer and Trevor HowardTV miniseries
Caspar David Friedrich – Grenzen der ZeitCarl Gustav CarusGermanPeter SchamoniSabine Sinjen and Hans Peter Hallwachs
1987The Second VictoryKarl FischerEnglishGerald ThomasAnthony Andrews, Max von Sydow, Mario Adorf and Renée Soutendijk
1988FaustFaustGermanDieter Dorn
(Filmed theatre performance)
Romuald Pekny, Sunnyi Melles and Cornelia Froboess
1989A proposito di quella strana ragazzaUgo De MagistrisItalianMarco LetoJoely Richardson
Hard Days, Hard NightsKronschneiderGermanHorst KönigsteinRita Tushingham
1990The Plot to Kill HitlerField Marshal Erwin RommelEnglishLawrence SchillerBrad Davis and Ian RichardsonTV film
Shooting StarsGutkeEnglishChris BernardSharon Duce and Gary McDonald
1991Landläufiger TodJudge SonnenbergGermanMichael SchottenbergPaulus Manker and Mercedes EchererTV film
1993Charlemagne, le prince à chevalWidukindEnglishClive DonnerChristian Brendel, Anny Duperey and Frank FinlayTV miniseries
Verlassen Sie bitte Ihren Mann!PertussiniGermanReinhard SchwabenitzkyElfi Eschke
1995Brennendes HerzGustav ReglerGermanPeter PatzakDominique Sanda, Thomas Kretschmann, Dieter Laser and John Phillip Law
2000LourdesAuguste La FontaineItalianLodovico GaspariniAlessandro Gassmann, Stefania Rocca, Andréa Ferréol and Sydne RomeTV film

References

  1. ^ Profile, imdb.com; accessed 10 May 2014.

External links

Media files used on this page

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German Cabaret Die Buchfinken 1955: Helmut Griem, Dietrich Neuhaus, Käthe Straßburger, Nils Sustrate
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18.3.1968

Berlin/West
Verleihung der Berliner Kunstpreise in der Eichengalerie
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Helmut Griem, Schauspieler, Preis für Darstellende Kunst, Junge Generation,
Hans Lietzau, Regisseur, Preis für Darstellende Kunst,

Johannes Schaaf, Regisseur, Preis für Fernsehen, Junge Generation