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Recklinghausen Hamburg

Biography

Walter Giller, born August 23, 1927, in Recklinghausen, grew up in the Hamburg borough of Hamm. In 1942, at the age of 15 he was ordered to serve in anti-aircraft support. In 1944, Giller became a prisoner of war but got released after staying in a sanatorium for one year to recuperate from a torn lung. Giller then started to study medicine but soon quit his studies to become a trainee at Hamburg"s Kammerspiele where he also worked as an assistant director. He later attended actor"s training and worked as a supporting actor and assistant director.

Giller made his movie debut in Artistenblut" (1949), which was followed by "Kein Engel ist so rein" (1950). He mainly appeared in the part of the shy teenage lover, for instance as a student in Rolf Thiele"s film "Primanerinnen" (1951). In 1953, Giller quit working at the theatre to focus on his movie career, and soon started to play comic roles in a number of entertainment movies such as "Skandal im Mädchenpensionat" ("Scandal at the Girls" School", 1953) or "Peter Voss, der Millionendieb" (1958).

In 1956, Walter Giller married fellow actress Nadja Tiller. His performances as a man sentenced to death for a minor offence during the last months of the war who meets his judge (Martin Held) after the war in Wolfgang Staudte"s "Rosen für den Staatsanwalt" ("Roses for the Prosecutor", 1959), and as a trucker from East Berlin in the East-West drama "Zwei unter Millionen" (1961) by Victor Vicas and Wieland Liebske won him two German film awards.

During the 1960s, Giller appeared in numerous "Karl May", school, erotic, and action films. At times, Giller even starred in international productions such as Russ Meyer"s "Fanny Hill" (1964). One of his few important roles was the part as writer Daddy in Kurt Hoffmann"s Tucholsky adaptation "Schloss Gripsholm" ("The Gripsholm Castle", 1963). Remakes of films such as "Die Drei von der Tankstelle" and "Die Feuerzangenbowle" ("The Fire Tongue Bowl") were made to establish Giller as the the successor of Heinz Rühmann but to no avail.

From then on, Giller withdrew from the movie business and focussed more and more on parts in TV series such as "Das Traumschiff" or Sylter Geschichten". Both the TV series "Karschunke & Sohn" (1978) and his sketch show "Locker vom Hocker" that ran from 1979 to 1987 became big success stories with the German TV audience. Besides, Giller returned to the theatre stage and toured several times with Nadja Tiller.

Over the course of several decades, Giller time and again played striking supporting and character roles in TV movies such as "Halali oder Der Schuß ins Brötchen" (2995), Peter F. Bringmann"s film "Meine Mutter, meine Rivalin" (2000), or the elaborate two-part TV movie "Das Bernsteinamulett" (2004).

In 2009, about 30 years after his last appearance on the movie screen, director Leander Haußmann rediscovered Walter Giller for the big screen: In the comedy "Dinosaurier – Gegen uns seht ihr alt aus!", he plays a member of a spritely gang of pensioners alongside Eva-Maria Hagen, Ezard Haußmann, and Nadja Tiller.

On December 15th, 2011 Walter Giller passed away in Hamburg at the age of 84.

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1999
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1991/1992
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1987
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1977/1978
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1976/1977
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1975-1977
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1964
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1964
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1960
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1960
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1958/1959
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1957
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1954
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1953/1954
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1953
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1951/1952
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1949
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