Karlheinz Böhm

Karlheinz Böhm

Additional Names: Karl Boehm (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller
*16.03.1928 Darmstadt; †29.05.2014 Grödig, Österreich

Biography

Karlheinz Böhm was born March 16, 1928, in Darmstadt, to conductor Karl Böhm (1894-1981) and his wife Thea Linhart, a soprano singer, and grew up in Hamburg and Dresden. In 1942, he left Germany for Switzerland before moving with his parents to Graz in 1945. Böhm, a student of German and English literature, worked as an assistant director for Karl Hartl in Vienna. Later Böhm attended actor's training at Burgtheater and subsequently became a member of the Burgtheater ensemble. From 1949 to 1953 he worked at Theater in der Josefstadt. In 1952, Hartl brought him to Munich for the movie production of "Haus des Lebens" (House of Life). Böhm enjoyed his first success with the role of an amorous student in Artur Maria Rabenalt's "Alraune" ("Unnatural").

In the following years, Böhm appeared in more than 30 films, most often as a sincere and respectable young man. His performance as Emperor Franz Joseph in Ernst Marischka's "Sissi" trilogy, in particular, formed the image of the young hero of integrity. Böhm and Romy Schneider were the perfect couple of the German cinema and Böhm, at the same time, became the male role model of the 1950s.

At the end of the 1950s, Böhm tried to change his role image. He appeared in several British, French and American films eager to play more complex characters. In 1959, he played the role of a psychopathic voyeur in Michael Powell's thriller "Peeping Tom". Although the movie received slating reviews by critics in Great Britain and Germany alike, it was re-examined 20 years later and is nowadays considered as a masterpiece. In the mid-1960s Böhm moved to Corregia near Lugano and focussed more on his theatre work again. In 1964, he made his debut as a director with "Elektra" at Staatsoper Stuttgart which was followed by several opera productions.

From 1970 on, Böhm began to work regularly for TV productions and, for example, presented a TV series on Ludwig van Beethoven. During this time he also worked intensively with Rainer Werner Fassbinder: He played the sadistic husband in Fassbinder's "Martha" (1973) and a gay art dealer in "Faustrecht der Freiheit" ("Fist-Fight of Freedom", 1974), a variation on the story of Franz Biberkopf.

Later, Böhm was mainly to be seen on stage or in TV productions, for example in the late-afternoon TV series "Ringstrassenpalais" (1980). On May 16, 1981, Karlheinz Böhm called on the audience of the ZDF show "Wetten, dass…?" to donate money to fight the famine in the Sahel. Since then, Böhm and his foundation "Menschen für Menschen" were involved in Ethiopia, where Böhm spent most of his time.

Karlheinz Böhm passed away May 29, 2014 at the age of 86.

Filmography

2007/2008 Mister Karl
Participation
 
1992 Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt. Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Participation
 
1986 Seine größte Rolle. Karlheinz Böhm als Nothelfer
Participation
 
1981/1982 Inflation im Paradies
Cast
 
1979 Kur in Travemünde
Cast
 
1978 Schwarze Einser
Cast
 
1976 Die Tannerhütte
Cast
 
1975/1976 Seniorenschweiz
Cast
 
1975 Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel
Cast
 
1974/1975 Faustrecht der Freiheit
Cast
 
1974 Im Hause des Kommerzienrates
Cast
 
1973/1974 Martha
Cast
 
1973 Schloß Hubertus
Cast
 
1973 Vabanque
Cast
 
1972/1973 Immobilien
Cast
 
1972-1974 Fontane Effi Briest
Cast
 
1972 Verdacht gegen Barry Croft
Cast
 
1970 Literatur
Cast
 
1970 Traumnovelle
Cast
 
1962 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Cast
 
1960 Peeping Tom
Cast
 
1960 Der Gauner und der liebe Gott
Cast
 
1959 La Paloma
Cast
 
1959 Kriegsgericht
Cast
 
1958 Das Dreimäderlhaus
Cast
 
1958 Das haut einen Seemann doch nicht um
Cast
 
1958 Man müßte noch mal 20 sein
Cast
 
1957/1958 Examen des Lebens
Cast
 
1957 Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin
Cast
 
1957 Das Schloß in Tirol
Cast
 
1957 Blaue Jungs
Cast
 
1956 Sissi, die junge Kaiserin
Cast
 
1956 Kitty und die große Welt
Cast
 
1956 Die Ehe des Dr. med. Danwitz
Cast
 
1956 Nina
Cast
 
1955 Sissi
Cast
 
1955 Dunja
Cast
 
1955 Unternehmen Schlafsack
Cast
 
1955 Ich war ein häßliches Mädchen
Cast
 
1955 Die heilige Lüge
Cast
 
1955 Schwedenmädel
Cast
 
1954 Die Hexe
Cast
 
1954 Die goldene Pest
Cast
 
1954 Und ewig bleibt die Liebe
Cast
 
1954 Die Sonne von St. Moritz
Cast
 
1953 Arlette erobert Paris
Cast
 
1953 Salto mortale
Cast
 
1953 Hochzeit auf Reisen
Cast
 
1953 Der unsterbliche Lump
Cast
 
1952 Der Weibertausch
Cast
 
1952 Alraune
Cast
 
1952 Haus des Lebens
Cast
 
1951/1952 Wienerinnen im Schatten der Großstadt
Cast
 
1947/1948 Der Engel mit der Posaune
Cast
 

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