Günther Maria Halmer

Günther Maria Halmer

Darsteller
*05.01.1943 Rosenheim

Biography

Günther Maria Halmer was born in Rosenheim on January 5 1943. Graduating from school, he enlisted in the German Air Force with the intention of becoming a pilot. Frustrated by the authoritarian military doctrine, he soon quit and travelled abroad for several years, working in a Parisian hotel and an asbestos mine in Canada.

After returning to Germany, Halmer studied acting at the renowned Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich from 1968 until 1969. Upon receiving his diploma, he got an engagement at the Münchner Kammerspiele, and until 1974, he performed regularly in plays like "Jagdszenen in Niederbayern" and "Pioniere in Ingolstadt".

From the mid-1970s on, Halmer focused on his burgeoning film and TV career. After his breakthrough with the 1974 TV miniseries "Münchner Geschichten", he made his debut in a theatrical release with a supporting role in "Die Angst ist ein zweiter Schatten" ("Fear is a Second Shadow", 1975).

Halmer went on to play Israeli athlete André Spitzer in the US TV production "21 Hours at Munich" ("Die 21 Stunden von München"), a dramatized account of the 1972 terrorist attack at the Olympic Games in Munich. From 1977 until 1983, he had a recurring role in the popular TV series "Polizeiinspektion 1".

On the big screen, he played a widowed father of a teenage girl in "Lucky Star" (1979), Mahatma Gandhi's confidante Herman Kallenbach in the Oscar-winning epic "Gandhi" (US 1982) and infamous SS officer Rudolf Höß in Alan J. Pakula's "Sophie's Choice" (US 1982). Six years later, he again portrayed Höß in the miniseries "War and Remembrance" (US 1988). Alongside Maximilian Schell, Omar Sharif and Laurence Olivier, Halmer also starred in the TV production "Peter the Great" (US 1986).

In his native Germany, he had starring roles in the TV comedy "Mrs. Harris - Ein Kleid von Dior" (1982), the miniseries "Roncalli" (1986) and the psychological thriller "Operation Dead End" (1986). In 1988, Günther Maria Halmer was cast as the lead of the TV series "Anwalt Abel", which successfully ran until 2001. During that period, he also had memorable turns in "Bangkok Story" (1989), "Abrahams Gold" ("Abraham's Gold", 1990) and "Der Fall Lucona" ("The Lucona Affair", 1992). Halmer maintained a busy schedule and starred in numerous productions throughout the years, including the miniseries ""Tödliche Wahl" (1995), the rural drama "Der Weibsteufel (1999) and the comedy "Trennungsfieber" (2000).

Christian Petzold's acclaimed "Die innere Sicherheit" ("The State I Am In", 2000) marked Halmer's return to the big screen after seven years, and he subsequently played supporting roles in the theatrical releases "Der Stellvertreter" ("Amen.", DE/FR/RO 2002), "Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald" ("The Heart Is a Dark Forest", 2007) and "Märzmelodie" ("Melodies of Spring", 2008). On TV, he was seen in "Der Tanz mit dem Teufel - Die Entführung des Richard Oetker" (2001), "Ghettokids" (2002), "Mörderherz" (2002) and the award-winning drama "Die Konferenz" (2004).

In addition to his dramatic roles, he often starred in light-hearted TV comedies like "Liebe hat Vorfahrt" (2005), "Plötzlich Opa" (2006), "Oh Tannenbaum" (2007), "Mein Nachbar, sein Dackel & ich" (2009), "Ein Drilling kommt selten allein" (2012) and "Vier Drillinge sind einer zuviel" (2014).

In 2015, Günther Maria Halmer was the male lead in Lars Kraume's "Familienfest", playing a mean-spirited patriarch who is confronted by his grown-up children on his 70th birthday.  

Filmography

2017 Das schlafende Mädchen
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2017 Wir lieben das Leben
Cast
 
2016/2017 Sommerhäuser
Cast
 
2015 Prinzessin Maleen
Cast
 
2014/2015 Familienfest
Cast
 
2012/2013 Harry nervt
Cast
 
2010-2012 Zwei übern Berg
Cast
 
2010 Gestern war kein Tag
Cast
 
2009 Ladylike - Jetzt oder nie
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2008 Frischer Wind
Cast
 
2007/2008 Märzmelodie
Cast
 
2006/2007 Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald
Cast
 
2006 Kunstfehler
Cast
 
2005/2006 Die Nonne und der Kommissar
Cast
 
2004/2005 Marias letzte Reise
Cast
 
2004 Die Konferenz
Cast
 
2004 21 Liebesbriefe
Cast
 
2003 Das Wunder von Lengede
Cast
 
2002/2003 Die schnelle Gerdi und die Hauptstadt
Cast
 
2002 Herz oder Knete
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2002 Am Ende des Tunnels
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2002 Himmelreich auf Erden
Cast
 
2002 Das Haus der Schwestern
Cast
 
2001/2002 Ghettokids
Cast
 
2001/2002 Bis dass dein Tod uns scheidet
Cast
 
2001/2002 Andreas Hofer - Die Freiheit des Adlers
Cast
 
2000/2001 Der Tanz mit dem Teufel - Die Entführung des Richard Oetker
Cast
 
2000 Bienzle und das Doppelspiel
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2000 Die innere Sicherheit
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2000 Das Geheimnis der Zeugin
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2000 Der Voyeur und das Mädchen
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1999/2000 Trennungsfieber
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1999 Der Weibsteufel
Cast
 
1997 Die Spur des Mädchenräubers
Cast
 
1997 Auf den Tag genau
Cast
 
1996 Das schmutzige Dutzend
Cast
 
1996 Gnadenlos - Zur Prostitution gezwungen
Cast
 
1996 Der Köder
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1995/1996 Ein flotter Dreier
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1995 Der Killer im Nachtexpreß
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1995 Ein Richter in Angst
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1994/1995 Tödliche Wahl
Cast
 
1992/1993 Der Fall Lucona
Cast
 
1992 Kaltes Gold
Cast
 
1992 Der demokratische Terrorist
Cast
 
1989 Abrahams Gold
Cast
 
1988/1989 Ein verhexter Sommer
Cast
 
1988/1989 Bangkok Story
Cast
 
1988 Anna
Cast
 
1987/1988 Blue Blood. Leben und Sterben in der Society
Cast
 
1987/1988 Nachsaison
Cast
 
1986 Rebellion der Gehenkten
Cast
 
1986 Riedmüller, Vorname Sigi
Cast
 
1985/1986 Auf den Tag genau
Cast
 
1985/1986 Operation Dead End
Cast
 
1984 Gelegenheit macht Liebe
Cast
 
1983/1984 Der letzte Zivilist
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1983 Die Nacht der vier Monde
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1982/1983 Wie hätten Sie's denn gern?
Cast
 
1982 Ein Kleid von Dior
Cast
 
1981 Grenzgänger
Cast
 
1980 Tödliches Geheimnis
Cast
 
1979 Karo As
Cast
 
1978/1979 Lucky Star
Cast
 
1978/1979 30 Liter Super
Cast
 
1978 Erzählung eines Unbekannten
Cast
 
1978 Zeit zum Aufstehn
Cast
 
1977/1978 Feuerwasser
Cast
 
1977 Jack Braun
Cast
 
1976 Weder Tag noch Stunde
Cast
 
1975/1976 Margarete in Aix
Cast
 
1974/1975 Die Angst ist ein zweiter Schatten
Cast
 
1973 Tote brauchen keine Wohnung
Cast
 

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