Michael Degen

Michael Degen

Additional Names: Michael Max Degen (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Drehbuch
*31.01.1932 Chemnitz

Biography

Michael Max Degen was born January 31, 1932, in Chemnitz. He attended the Jewish school in Berlin.

During the Nazi regime, his Jewish family was in severe danger of being deported to one of the concentration and extermination camps. Michael Degen managed to survive the time of war and persecution together with his mother. While his father was murdered in the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, they were hidden by friends in Berlin. Decades later, Degen published his much-noticed autobiography "Nicht alle waren Mörder. Eine Kindheit in Berlin" (1999), in which he described his experiences from that time.

After having made his stage debut in 1946, he studied acting at the drama school of the German Theater in East Berlin. Following a two-year stay in Israel, Degen returned to the Berliner Ensemble. During the next years, he had engagements at several German-speaking stages, including theaters in Cologne, Vienna, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and West Berlin. In the late 1960s, Degen made his debut as a director. Throughout his later career, he always returned to the theater both as an actor and a director.

During the 1970s, Michael Degen increased his work for the big screen. Aside from Roland Klick's city thriller "Supermarkt", he also starred in "Al di là del bene e del male" ("Beyond Good and Evil"), directed by Liliana Cavani. In 1978, he could be seen in Franz Peter Wirth's TV mini-series "Die Buddenbrooks", and in 1982, Degen took on a role in Egon Monk's TV movie "Die Geschwister Oppermann". In 1985, he played one of the leading roles in "Die Kolonie", a movie depicting the despotic circumstances in the German "Colonia Dignidad" commune in Chile.

In the 1980s, Degen became one of the most distinguished German television actors. He worked with directors such as Peter Beauvais and Dieter Wedel, and caused a stir with his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in Michael Kehlmann's TV movie "Geheime Reichssache" (1987). Furthermore, he achieved great popularity with his role in the successful TV series "Diese Drombuschs".

Despite being a very busy stage and television actor, Degen still found time to star in big screen movies, including the European co-production "Dr. M" (directed by Claude Chabrol), and Romuald Karmakar's movies "Das Frankfurter Kreuz" and "Manila".

Furthermore, he played the leading roles in both Joseph Vilsmaier's "Leo und Claire" and the Holocaust drama "Babi Yar", which was produced by Artur Brauner. In 2002, Michael Degen published the novel "Blondi", in which he describes the atrocities during the Nazi era from the perspective of Hitler's German Sheperd dog. On television, he could last be seen in the successful Donna Leon adaptations, in which he plays the boss of the police commissioner Brunetti, portrayed by Joachim Król.

Filmography

2011/2012 Ausgerechnet Sibirien
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2011/2012 Hannah Arendt
Cast
 
2009 Kriegerstock
Cast
 
2008/2009 Die Seele eines Mörders
Cast
 
2007 Satisfaktion
Cast
 
2005/2006 Nicht alle waren Mörder
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2004/2005 Abschiedsvorstellung
Cast
 
2004-2006 Die Sturmflut
Cast
 
2004 Der Vater meines Sohnes
Cast
 
2001-2003 Babij Jar
Cast
 
2001 Nachts im Park
Cast
 
2000/2001 Vera Brühne
Cast
 
2000/2001 Leo und Claire
Cast
 
2000 Viktualienmarkt
Cast
 
2000 Montgomery Cakes Great Adventure
Cast
 
1999/2000 Rote Glut
Cast
 
1998-2000 Manila
Cast
 
1997/1998 Das Frankfurter Kreuz
Cast
 
1997 Eine ungehorsame Frau
Cast
 
1996/1997 Portrait eines Richters
Cast
 
1996 Tanz auf dem Vulkan
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1994 Die letzte Entscheidung
Cast
 
1994 Anna Maria - Eine Frau geht ihren Weg [Pilotfilm]
Cast
 
1993/1994 Die Sache Baryschna
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1993 Das Sahara-Projekt
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1992/1993 Männer auf Rädern
Cast
 
1992 Tödliche Beziehungen
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1991 Der Froschkönig
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1990 So gut wie tot
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1989/1990 Dr. M
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1989 Wie du mir ...
Cast
 
1988 Spiel über zwei Banden
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1987 Ein Weg in die Freiheit
Cast
 
1987 Wer lacht schon über Rosemann
Cast
 
1986 Norddeutsche Geschichten
Cast
 
1985/1986 Die Kolonie
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1985 Hautnah
Cast
 
1985 Die Tote in der Sauna
Cast
 
1984 Von Mord war nicht die Rede
Cast
 
1983 Die ewigen Gefühle
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1982 Via Genua
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1982 Die Geschwister Oppermann
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1982 Mein Bruder und ich
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1982 Treffpunkt Airport
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1981/1982 Die Wahlverwandschaften
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1981 Prozente
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1980/1981 Kein Garten Eden
Cast
 
1979 Phantasten
Cast
 
1978/1979 Buddenbrooks
Cast
 
1977/1978 Mittags auf dem Roten Platz
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1976/1977 Jenseits von Gut und Böse
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1976 Der Herr der Schöpfung
Cast
 
1974 Maß für Maß
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1973/1974 Supermarkt
Cast
 
1968 Die fremde Frau und der Mann unter dem Bett
Cast
 
1967 Der Zauberberg
Cast
 
1966 Die Geschichte des Rittmeisters Schach von Wuthenow
Cast
 
1964 Tabula rasa
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