Armin Mueller-Stahl (born December 17, 1930 in Tilsit , East Prussia ) is a German actor , musician , painter and writer . As the only German film actor, he received great recognition in both German states and in Hollywood's film industry. In 1997 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Shine .
Mueller-Stahl is the third of five children of the East Prussian banker Alfred Mueller-Stahl and his wife Editha, née Maaß, a doctor. She was a Baltic German from Estonia whose family fled Petrograd to Tilsit in 1918 . Armin and his brother Hagen grew up in an art-loving family where people painted, drew and made music together. His father originally wanted to be an actor, he played at the Tilsiter Theater and performed his own skits on the birthdays of his family . Mueller-Stahl experienced a carefree childhood up to the beginning of the Second World War when his father was drafted. In 1938 the family moved to Prenzlau . The father died on May 1, 1945 in a military hospital in Schönberg , Mecklenburg , as the family only learned 28 years later. According to Mueller-Stahl's suspicion, the father was killed by German soldiers for attempted desertion , as no medical record had been made about him. On the same day, 14-year-old Armin in Goorstorf near Rostock, where his mother had fled with the children, was threatened with shooting by a Soviet soldier who was supposed to be a Hitler Youth . At the last second, a brave former Polish prisoner of war helped him escape. After the end of the war, the mother and her children returned to the burned-down Prenzlau, where Mueller-Stahl attended school until 1948. In the same year he moved "with his violin case to Berlin ".
Mueller-Stahl initially aimed to become a professional violinist. Gerhard Taschner and David Oistrach were role models for him . He studied violin and musicology at the city conservatory in West Berlin, which he completed in 1949 with an exam as a music teacher. Then he switched to acting. Initially forced to drop out of studies due to “lack of talent”, he received his first permanent engagement at the Berlin Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in 1952 after an interview with Helene Weigel . With his ensemble he moved to the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in 1954 under the direction of Fritz Wisten . There he played for over 20 years, including in the plays Emilia Galotti , Kabale und Liebe and Was ihr wollt , before ending his theater career in the 1970s. In addition to many other GDR actors, he was also on stage at the Senftenberg Miners' Theater in Senftenberg .
In 2014, Mueller-Stahl stated that although he “hated” the GDR in 1956 after the suppression of the Hungarian people's uprising , in 1961 he “agreed” to the building of the Berlin Wall because he had hoped that “socialism would now be undisturbed build up ”. That is why he later appeared in films that justified the construction of the Berlin Wall that had just taken place: Mueller-Stahl is in ... and your love is also the commander of a GDR factory combat group who prevents his brother at the Berlin Wall with a weapon from to flee to the west and cause his arrest. His acting career in film in 1960 began with the four-part series Escape from Hell , in which he escaped from the Federal Republic of Germany to the GDR, and the drama Five Cartridge Cases , set in the Spanish Civil War , in which his friend and colleague Manfred Krug also participated. In the coming years the two were often together in front of the camera, such as in 1974 in the movie & Co Kit . Mueller-Stahl eventually became a celebrated character actor in the GDR , for example for his portrayal of the Indian-friendly white Chris Howard in the DEFA Indian film Tödlicher Errtum . He was voted the GDR's most popular actor five times in a row.
From 1973 to 1975, Mueller-Stahl played an MfS agent in the popular television series The Invisible Visor , which was designed as a counterpart to the James Bond series. When the series was to be conceived more politically, Mueller-Stahl got out, which for him meant a final break with the GDR. His signing of the open letter against Wolf Biermann's expatriation from the GDR at the end of 1976 was only a final step. As a result, he was hardly offered any roles for two and a half years. He used the compulsory break to write down his autobiography Ordinance Sunday . In 1980 Mueller-Stahl's application to travel to West Berlin was approved.
Federal Republic and USA
In the Federal Republic of Germany he was soon able to build on his old successes, in 1981 he played the main male role in Lola by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and in The West Shines! by Niklaus Schilling . Mueller-Stahl was later in conversation for the lead role in the television series Black Forest Clinic . He was also not interested in other television series like Der Alte , instead he took on roles in author films by the German filmmakers Herbert Achternbusch , Alexander Kluge and Hans-Christoph Blumenberg . Internationally known directors such as Andrzej Wajda and Patrice Chéreau also hired him for their films.
Although he barely spoke English, Mueller-Stahl decided to start again in the USA in the late 1980s. During his first film engagement, Music Box - The Whole Truth (1989) by Costa-Gavras, he made do with tricks such as the phonetic imitation of English, varying the intonation with each recording, and the slow performance of a monologue, intensely with those addressed and quickly looking at the text that he had copied from Helmut Schmidt's parliamentary speeches. He played a Hungarian immigrant who is accused in the USA of having been a member of the Arrow Cross and of having personally murdered Jews in Budapest shortly before the end of the war. Mueller-Stahl knew how to leave open the guilt or innocence of the emigrant until shortly before the end. He achieved international success with this Hollywood debut.
He received great recognition in 1990 for his tragic-comic portrayal of the Polish-Jewish grandfather Sam Krichinsky in his second Hollywood film Avalon . In the episode film Night on Earth (1991) he played the East German taxi driver and former circus clown Helmut Grokenberger, who tried his luck in New York . Here Mueller-Stahl was also able to demonstrate his comedic talent. He was awarded the Silver Bear in 1992 for the title role in Utz . He was honored with an Oscar nomination in 1997 for the role of the demanding and overwhelmed father of pianist David Helfgott in Shine - The Path into Light .
When Mueller-Stahl took a look at his Stasi files , he discovered that, among other things, he had been betrayed to the State Security by his best friend. Nevertheless, he keeps up an offer to talk to him to this day and protects him with his secrecy. Today California has become his second home, the pleasant Californian climate and the certainty that there will be “new friends without a GDR past” were the decisive factors for his new residence. He lives in Pacific Palisades near the former home of Thomas Mann and has both German and US citizenship.
Despite his success in Hollywood , he kept returning to Germany. For example, he took on the leading role of Thomas Mann in the three-part television series The Manns - A novel of the century . This portrayal is sometimes seen as the most successful of his career. In 1994, ARD produced the film Der Dicke with Günter Strack as Gregor Ehrenberg under the assistance of Mueller-Stahl . A continuation could no longer be realized due to Strack's illness. From 2005 to 2012 a series of this film idea was shown on ARD with Dieter Pfaff in the lead role of Der Dicke .
Mueller-Stahl presented his first and so far only directing work with Conversation with the Beast (1996). He has already written several novels and short stories. Furthermore, Mueller-Stahl has already presented his drawings and watercolors in several exhibitions; the first presentation took place in 2001 at the Filmmuseum Potsdam , later also in the Lübeck Buddenbrookhaus and other places. His drawings were mainly made during the breaks on the film set. While he always feels very involved in acting, painting and writing are the only moments when he can “really fly”. His friend Björn Engholm speaks the introductory words at many of the vernissages of his exhibitions .
On September 30, 2006 he announced his departure from the film business. One of the reasons he gave for his departure was that the spectacular fame and the extraordinarily high pay of actors and producers nowadays no longer corresponds to the quality of their performances or their actual skills. After filming, he will devote himself entirely to painting, music and promoting young artists. This was followed by the Buddenbrooks film adaptation by Heinrich Breloer and a leading role in Cronenberg's Deadly Promises - Eastern Promises . Contrary to the assumptions often made in the press of a complete withdrawal, Mueller-Stahl emphasized that he would like to play good roles until the end of his life, but with decreasing frequency. At his readings with the motto I'm already a juggler 50 years old… , quoting the beginning of his poems, he is accompanied by the violinist Sarah Spitzer and the pianist Mike Jin.
In 2007 Mueller-Stahl designed the spine of a book limited to 999 copies of the 30-volume Brockhaus Encyclopedia with five lithographs , which were offered for 5000 euros. Since 2001 he has been making his drawings increasingly public and showing them in a series of exhibitions. He said of his drawing work: “When you draw, you are the director yourself. There are no prohibitions and you have complete freedom. [...] Drawing was so easy for me, I thought that everything that comes easy to me is not so important. Drawing is much easier for me than acting. ”Nevertheless, Mueller-Stahl is quite modest when it comes to his talent for drawing. For example, it is not big enough to reproduce nature in all its beauty, so he is more concerned with depicting people who he wants to show as the results of the daily struggle for survival: “It is an incredible struggle to survive at all, and this one I want to see fights in one face because everyone leads them, beautiful or not beautiful. "
In July 2009 Mueller-Stahl was elected to the University Council of the Rostock University of Music and Theater . He has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Freya von Moltke Foundation , which is dedicated to cultural exchange with Poland, among other things.
In his first marriage, Mueller-Stahl was married to fellow actor Monika Gabriel . He has been married to the dermatologist Gabriele Scholz for the second time since 1973 and has their son Christian (* 1974), who took on film roles in his early years. In 1992 he appeared with his father as the 18-year-old Baron Kaspar Joachim von Utz in Bruce Chatwin's adaptation of the novel Utz . Today he works as a doctor. Armin Mueller-Stahl's older brother Hagen Mueller-Stahl (1926–2019) worked as a director and occasionally as a film actor, his sister Dietlind (* 1938) is an acting colleague who worked for the Berliner Ensemble for just as long . Together with her brother, Dietlind Stahl appeared in two early films in 1960 ( Escape from Hell , Five Cartridge Cases ). Mueller-Stahl lives alternately on the California coast ( Pacific Palisades ), on the Baltic Sea ( Sierksdorf ) and in Berlin . In December 2011, he visited his hometown Tilsit , which is now Russian and is called Sovetsk, for the first time since 1938 . There he was made an honorary citizen in 2011.
- Ordinary Sunday. Severin and Siedler, Berlin 1981, 234 pp.
- On the way home. Memories. von Schröder, Düsseldorf 1997, 227 p .; New edition: Aufbau-Verlag , Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-7466-2196-8 .
- In thoughts of Marie-Louise. A Lovestory. List, Munich 1998, 238 pp.
- Armin Mueller Stahl - painting and drawing. Catalog for the exhibition in the Kulturforum Burgkloster zu Lübeck and Buddenbrookhaus (Heinrich-und-Thomas-Mann-Zentrum), November 17, 2001 to January 20, 2002. Kulturforum Burgkloster, Lübeck, ISBN 3-9807752-1-6 , 64 pp. , 62 color illus.
- Armin Mueller Stahl - Urfaust. Catalog for the portfolio of the same name, Verlag Kunsthaus Lübeck 2003, ISBN 3-923475-37-3 , 60 pages, 21 illustrations in b / w.
- Armin Mueller Stahl - Night on Earth - Day on Earth. Bilingual catalog for the exhibition in the Villa Aurora, Verlag Kunsthaus Lübeck 2003, ISBN 3-923475-97-7 , 80 pages, ill. In b / w and coloured.
- Hannah. Narrative. Structure, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-7466-2224-7 , 134 pp.
- Role playing game. A diary during the shooting of the film " The Manns ". J. Strauss, Potsdam 2001, ISBN 3-929748-24-X , 226 pp., 113 ills.
- Venice. An American diary. Structure, Berlin 2005, 141 pages, ISBN 3-351-02609-9 .
- Chain carousel. Structure, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-351-03083-5 , 152 pages (review :)
- Portraits. Painting and drawing. Structure, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-351-02641-2 , 157 pp.
- Armin Mueller Stahl artist edition of the 21st edition of the Brockhaus encyclopedia . 30 volumes. FA Brockhaus, Leipzig, Mannheim 2007.
- The Buddenbrooks - overpainting a script. With texts by Heinrich Breloer , Herwig Guratzsch and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Henschel, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-89487-634-0 .
- The years are getting faster. Songs and poems. Aufbau Verlag, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-351-03316-3 , (autobiography in verses).
- Three times Germany and back. Written down by Andreas Hallaschka . Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-455-50317-3 , (autobiography on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall).
- The blue cow . Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-7757-4250-4 .
- The Vienna bird can fly . Edited by the Kunsthaus Lübeck. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-7757-4492-8 , poetry and illustrated book.
- 1956: Secret marriages
- 1959: When the night never ends (TV)
- 1960: Escape from Hell (TV)
- 1960: Five cartridge cases
- 1962: royal children
- 1962: ... and your love too
- 1962: The Last Chance (TV)
- 1962/1990: monologue for a taxi driver (TV)
- 1963: Naked among wolves
- 1963: The other next to you (TV)
- 1963: Christine
- 1963: Rime (TV)
- 1964: Preludio 11
- 1964: Alaskan Foxes
- 1964: Wolf among wolves (TV)
- 1966: Columbus 64 (TV)
- 1967: A lord at Alexanderplatz
- 1968: Routes across the country
- 1969: The Lady from Genoa (TV)
- 1970: fatal error
- 1970: No man for Camp Detrick (TV)
- 1971: The unwilling doctor (theater recording)
- 1971: The Conspirators (four parts) (TV)
- 1972: Janus head
- 1972: the third
- 1973: The Invisible Visor (TV)
- 1973: Knight von Bredow's pants
- 1973: Your own skin (TV)
- 1973: The Seven Affairs of Doña Juanita (four-part television film)
- 1973: Stülpner legend (TV)
- 1974: Your Own Skin (TV movie)
- 1974: Kit & Co
- 1974: Jacob the Liar
- 1976: Cloves in aspic
- 1976: The Lindstedts
- 1977: The escape
- 1978: Closed Society (TV)
- 1980: The Longest Second (TV)
- 1981: Lola
- 1981: Yes and No (TV)
- 1981: Ferry or How It Was (TV)
- 1981: Collin (TV)
- 1981: Special Department K1 , episode: The Revenge of a V-Mann (TV series)
- 1982: The longing of Veronika Voss
- 1982: the west shines!
- 1982: viaduct
- 1982: I'll Wait (TV)
- 1982: The Gazebo (TV)
- 1982: The Wings of the Night
- 1982: Escape from Pomerania (TV)
- 1982: The case of Sylvester Matuska (TV)
- 1982: Outcast (TV)
- 1982: Where to and Back 1 - God no longer believes in us (TV)
- 1983: Un dimanche de flic
- 1983: The Seduced Man - L'Homme blessé (L'Homme blessé)
- 1983: trauma
- 1983: Rest gently, Bruno (TV)
- 1983: A love in Germany
- 1984: Tatort: Freiwild (TV series)
- 1984: Rita Ritter
- 1984: embers
- 1984: a thousand eyes
- 1984: Derrick - Imagine having shot Doctor Prestel (TV series)
- 1985: Colonel Redl (Redl ezredes)
- 1985: The Followers
- 1985: Forget Mozart
- 1985: Our man in the jungle
- 1985: Up Close (TV)
- 1985: bitter harvest
- 1985: The attack of the present on the rest of the time
- 1986: To the day (TV)
- 1986: Momo
- 1986: Crooks in Paradise (TV)
- 1987: Jokehnen (TV series)
- 1987: The Joker
- 1987: America (TV series)
- 1987: Franza (TV)
- 1988: Killing Blue
- 1988: Diary for a Murderer (TV)
- 1989: Pig money
- 1989: the spider web
- 1989: Music Box - The Whole Truth (Music Box)
- 1989: A Hecc
- 1990: Avalon
- 1990: The Gorilla ( Le Gorille , TV)
- 1991: Kafka
- 1991: Bronstein's children
- 1991: Night on Earth
- 1992: Utz
- 1992: The Power of One (The Power of One)
- 1992: Far from Berlin
- 1993: The cinema narrator
- 1993: The Haunted House (The House of the Spirits)
- 1993: Red Hot
- 1994: Holy Days (Holy Matrimony)
- 1994: The Last Good Time
- 1995: A Pyromaniac's Love Story
- 1995: T-Rex (Theodore Rex)
- 1996: Taxandria
- 1996: Shine - The Path into Light (Shine)
- 1996: Conversation with the Beast
- 1996: The Ogre (The Ogre)
- 1997: In the Presence of Mine Enemies (TV)
- 1997: The 12 Jurors ( 12 Angry Men , TV)
- 1997: The Assistant
- 1997: The Game
- 1997: Project: Peacemaker (The Peacemaker)
- 1998: The Commissioner - In the center of power (The Commissioner)
- 1998: The X-Files - The Movie
- 1999: The 13th Floor - Are you what you think? (The Thirteenth Floor)
- 1999: The Third Miracle (The Third Miracle)
- 1999: Jakob the Liar (Jakob the Liar)
- 1999: The Bible - Jesus ( Jesus , TV)
- 2000: Hunt for a Nameless One (Pilgrim)
- 2000: The Long Run
- 2000: Mission to Mars
- 2001: Die Kreuzritter - The Crusaders ( Crociati , TV)
- 2001: The Manns - A novel of the century (TV)
- 2004: The West Wing - In the center of power (The West Wing , TV)
- 2004: The Dust Factory - Die Staubfabrik (The Dust Factory)
- 2004: The Story of an African Farm
- 2006: I am the other
- 2006: The colors of autumn (Local Color)
- 2007: Deadly Promises - Eastern Promises (Eastern Promises)
- 2008: Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Towards the cool morning (documentary)
- 2008: 10,000 BC (10,000 BC)
- 2008: Buddenbrooks
- 2009: The International
- 2009: Illuminati (Angels and Demons)
- 2009: Leningrad - The Blockade
- 2015: Knight of Cups
- 1954: Wassili Schwarkin : A Strange Child (Kostja) - Director: Robert Trösch ( Volksbühne Berlin )
- 1956: Gerhart Hauptmann : Die Ratten (Erich Spitta) - Director: Walther Suessenguth (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1957: Gerhart Hauptmann: Die Weber (private tutor) - Director: Ernst Kahler (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1960: Lajos Mesterházi : People of Budapest - Director: Fritz Wisten (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1961: Friedrich Wolf : Beaumarchais or The Birth of Figaro (Emissary) - Director: Rudi Kurz (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1962: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing : Emilia Galotti (Prince Gonzaga) - Director: Gerd Klein (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1963: Leo Tolstoy : War and Peace (Andreij) - Director: Wolfgang Heinz / Hannes Fischer (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1964: William Shakespeare : Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) - Director: Fritz Bornemann (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1967: Friedrich Schiller : Kabale und Liebe (Secretary Wurm) - Director: Hans-Joachim Martens (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1968: Armand Gatti : V for Vietnam (Megasheriff) - Director: Hans-Joachim Martens / Wolfgang Pintzka (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1968: Friedrich Schiller: Don Carlos (Posa) - Director: Hannes Fischer (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1968: Horst Kleinadam : Of Giants and People (Party Secretary) - Director: Karl Gassauer (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1970: Kurt Bartsch , Reiner Bredemeyer (After Jacques Offenbach ): Orpheus (Orpheus) - Director: Wolfgang Pintzka (Volksbühne Berlin)
- 1973: Arne Leonhardt : Der Abiturmann (Professor) - Director: Ernstgeorg Hering (Volksbühne Berlin - Stern)
As a voice actor he lent his voice to Roy Scheider in Deadly Embrace ( Last Embrace , 1979) and Louis Zorich in Death of a Salesman (1985), among others . He took on the role of the narrator in Roland Emmerich's feature film 10,000 BC (in the original: Omar Sharif ) as well as in the documentary and docu-drama Dmitri Shostakovich : Dem kühlen Morgennten (2008).
- there are days ... with Günther Fischer (p), Tobias Morgenstern (accordion). 1 CD and 1 DVD , 2010, production: Universal Music .
- 1969: Ralph Knebel : Consideration for a Brigadier (narrator) - Director: Edgar Kaufmann ( Broadcasting of the GDR )
- 2001: Armin Mueller-Stahl - sketches, portraits, encounters. Filmmuseum Potsdam , January 31 - March 18, 2001.
- 2001: Armin Mueller-Stahl - painting and drawing. Buddenbrookhaus and Burgkloster , double exhibition, Lübeck , November 17, 2001 - January 20, 2002.
- 2007: Armin Mueller-Stahl - scene and drawing. Museum of Arts and Crafts , Hamburg, January 26 - April 15, 2007.
- 2009: Armin Mueller-Stahl: The Buddenbrooks. Overpainting a script. Schleswig-Holstein State Museum Schloss Gottorf , February 4 - April 19, 2009.
- 2009: Armin Mueller-Stahl | Drawings, script overpaintings and lithographs. Horst Janssen Museum , Oldenburg, November 29, 2009 - February 14, 2010.
- 2009: Armin Mueller-Stahl - overpainting a script. NRW-Forum , Düsseldorf, August 15 - September 27, 2009.
- 2010: All art wants to become music. Municipal Gallery Empty Bag , Regensburg , March 2 - June 6, 2010.
- 2010: Armin Mueller-Stahl | Painting - drawing - printmaking. Summer exhibition at Wackerbarth Castle , August 1 - August 28, 2010.
- 2011: Painting, drawing and graphics by Armin Mueller-Stahl. Villa Böhm , Neustadt an der Weinstrasse , October 14, 2011 - November 4, 2011.
- 2011: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Images of People. Gallery of the Braunschweigische Landessparkasse ( Nord / LB ), Braunschweig, 23 November - 30 December 2011.
- 2012: Armin Mueller-Stahl - For me, drawing is like acting. Kunstmuseum Solingen , September 23 - November 18, 2012.
- 2013: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Images of People. GBS cultural center , Greven , April 6 - April 24, 2013.
- 2014: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Images of People. Kreuzkirche Nürtingen , January 10 - February 23, 2014.
- 2014: Armin Mueller-Stahl - painting - drawing - printmaking. New work. Stadtmuseum Siegburg , August 28 - October 24, 2014.
- 2015: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Images of People - Paintings, mixed media, drawings and prints. “Fürst-Pückler-Park” Foundation Bad Muskau , New Castle Bad Muskau, 29 August - 31 October 2015.
- 2016: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Dreaming. art + form, Dresden , April 24th - June 2nd, 2016.
- 2016: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Images of People. Kreissparkasse Heilbronn , "Under the Pyramid", July 17 - September 16, 2016.
- 2017: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Images of People. Kunsthandlung Langheinz, Darmstadt, April 21 - May 20, 2017.
- 2020: Armin Mueller-Stahl - On the flight of freedom. Malzhaus, Kamenz , February 6th - April 13th, 2020.
- 1963: Erich Weinert Medal (Art Prize of the FDJ )
- 1963: Art Prize of the GDR
- 1972: National Prize of the GDR, second class
- 1975: GDR television artist of the year
- 1982: Gold film tape for Lola (1981)
- 1983: German Actor Award
- 1985: Golden gong for up close , with director Peter Schulze-Rohr
- 1985: Best actor award at the Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) ( Bitter Harvest )
- 1989: Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class
- 1992: Silver Bear at the Berlinale 1992 ( Utz )
- 1993: Berlin Bear (BZ Culture Prize)
- 1996: Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Shine
- 1996: San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS) Award for Shine
- 1997: Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Shine
- 1997: Jupiter for The Manns
- 1997: Berlinale camera for his life's work
- 1998: Honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago
- 2002: Large Federal Cross of Merit
- 2002: Jupiter for The Manns
- 2002: Adolf Grimme Prize for The Manns
- 2003: Quadriga in the Charisma of World Citizen category
- 2004: Kristián the Czech film critic for his lifelong contribution to world cinema, International Film Festival Prague - Febiofest .
- 2004/2005: Culture Prize of the Landeskulturverband Schleswig-Holstein eV "Kultur Aktuell"
- 2005: Bremen Hanseatic Prize for international understanding for his life's work (Freizeit 2000 eV - cultural association)
- 2005: Festival Honors from the eDIT Filmmaker's Festival
- 2005: Prize of the DEFA Foundation for services to German film
- 2006: Carl Zuckmayer Medal .
- 2006: Schleswig-Holstein Film Prize
- 2007: German film award for his life's work
- 2007: picture Osgar
- 2007: Bambi actor nationally
- 2008: Golden pen .
- 2008: Genie Award for Deadly Promises .
- 2008: Honorary Award of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
- 2008: Large Federal Cross of Merit with a star
- 2009: Bremen Town Musicians Prize
- 2009: International Mendelssohn Prize in Leipzig in the visual arts category
- 2009: Honorary Award of the Turkey / Germany Film Festival .
- 2010: Awarded the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia .
- 2010: Steiger Award
- 2010: Star on the Boulevard of Stars in Berlin
- 2010: Appointed honorary citizen of Schleswig-Holstein .
- 2011: Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival .
- 2011: Golden camera for his life's work
- 2011: Honorary citizen of his hometown Tilsit (today Sovetsk )
- 2011: Prize of the German Society e. V . for services to German and European unification.
- 2013: Platinum Romy for life's work
- 2014: 35th Bavarian Film Prize 2013 - Honorary Prize from the Bavarian Prime Minister
- 2014: Locarno Film Festival : Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2014: Askania Award
- 2016: Washington Jewish Film Festival: Wjff Visionary Award for Avalon (1990) .
- 2016: German Actor Award 2016 : Honorary Award
"He loves characters who have an aura of inadequacy around them, as if they have been pushed into a world they are not comfortable with."
“It's all relative. What will remain in a hundred years? I think there are a lot of people who are wrong, because our backpack has long been full. Mozart, Shakespeare - they will stay. But a Günter Grass? Thomas Mann, for example, only comes back to life because we're making this film now. Otherwise he was in danger of being forgotten. However, I am not sure who will take the more important position in the history books at the end: Man as the great antipode to Hitler or man as the author. "
"Nah, I would say: I've made eight or ten exceptionally good films in my life."
"Whoever only works, withdraws from the adventure of life."
"Art always has to make up for what the politicians screw up." [...] 'When politicians open the rifts, we have to build the bridges.' [...] Politicians are too little aware of how much art can do for international understanding. “Politicians say: What do you want to achieve with music or films? That's just a drop in the bucket. "
- Armin Mueller-Stahl. Documentation, Germany, 1993, 29 min., Written and directed: Christoph Felder , production: CFF, series: European profiles , table of contents and preview, 3:30 min.
- Violinist, juggler, gentleman - Armin Mueller-Stahl. Documentation, Germany, 45 min., 2001, script and direction: Ilona Kalmbach and Sabine Jainski, production: competent filmproduktion, WDR , summary, ( memento from September 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive ).
- Armin Mueller-Stahl - in person! Documentation, Germany, 2007, 27 min., Script and director: Lilly Engel, production: Radio Bremen , first broadcast: December 29, 2007, summary by Radio Bremen.
- Armin Mueller-Stahl. Talk, 2007, 5:28 min., Production: arte , series: Metropolis , first broadcast: February 12, 2007.
- Germany, your artists: Armin Mueller-Stahl. Documentation, Germany, 2008, 45 min., Script and direction: Inga Wolfram , production: SWR , WDR , first broadcast: July 2nd, 2008, summary of the ARD, interview and commentary on the ARD documentation:.
- Gero von Boehm meets ... Armin Mueller-Stahl. Talk, Germany, 2008, 45 min., Production: interscience productions, 3sat , first broadcast: December 1, 2008, synopsis by Interscience.
- His first CD. Armin Mueller-Stahl sings old songs again. TV report, Germany, 2010, 2:10 min., Director: Thomas Bittner, editor: nachtmagazin , production: rbb , tagesschau.de , summary , ( memento of December 8, 2010 in the Internet Archive ).
- Gabriele Michel: Armin Mueller-Stahl. The biography. An intimate portrait of the great character actor. List, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-471-79426-3 .
- Gabriele Michel: Armin Mueller-Stahl. The biography . Aufbau-Verlag , Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-7466-2659-8 .
- Volker Skierka : Armin Mueller-Stahl. Encounters. A biography in pictures. Knesebeck, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-89660-139-3 , approx. 240 pages, 200 color and b / w illustrations.
- Monika Kaiser: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 2. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 . . In:
- Gero von Boehm : Armin Mueller-Stahl. October 15, 2008 . Interview in: Encounters. Images of man from three decades . Collection Rolf Heyne, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-89910-443-1 , pp. 616–627.
- Armin Mueller-Stahl: Works on paper . Edited by Frank-Thomas Gaulin with texts by Björn Engholm and Andreas Hallaschka. Design by Hannes Aechter. Hatje Cantz publishing house, Ostfildern 2014, ISBN 978-3-7757-3895-8 .
- Volker Skierka: Armin Mueller-Stahl. The biography . Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-455-50389-0 , limited preview in the Google book search.
- Literature by and about Armin Mueller-Stahl in the catalog of the German National Library
- Armin Mueller-steel in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Armin Mueller-Stahl at filmportal.de
- Armin Mueller-Stahl - world star and all-rounder. ( Memento from January 10, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) In: MDR , December 21, 2005.
- Heinrich Breloer : And sometimes he starts doing magic . In: Welt am Sonntag , May 6, 2007.
Bio and filmographies
- Ines Walk: biography. In: DEFA Foundation , October 2013
- Biographical note ( memento from February 10, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ) on defa-sternstunden.de
- The Armin Mueller-Stahl phenomenon. In: ndr.de , December 18, 2015.
- conversation with Armin Mueller-Stahl. ( Memento from January 7, 2015 in the web archive archive.today ) In: Thadeusz , January 6, 2015 at rbb Fernsehen .
- Lars-Olav Beier, Stephan Burgdorff: Interview with Mueller-Stahl . In: Der Spiegel . No. 50 , 2005 ( online - 12 December 2005 ).
- From the life of a juggler: Armin Mueller-Stahl at the Berlin lessons. ( Memento from July 11, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) In: Berliner Festspiele , January 14, 2003.
- Gabriele Michel: Armin Mueller-Stahl: The biography . Berlin 2010, p. 54.
- Ines Walk: Biography Armin Mueller-Stahl . In: DEFA Foundation , October 2013.
- Giovanni di Lorenzo : Armin Mueller-Stahl: "I just wanted to fly." In: Die Zeit , April 10, 2014, No. 16, interview.
- Peter Münder: Hunt for 007. In: one day , August 5, 2008
- In: Germany, your artists: Armin Mueller-Stahl. Documentation, 2008, 45 min., A film by Inga Wolfram , production: SWR , WDR , first broadcast: July 2, 2008, table of contents, ( memento from July 6, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) by ARD.
- ase / AP : Depraved film industry: Armin Mueller-Stahl puts an end to it. In: Spiegel Online , October 1, 2006, reproduction of a BamS interview.
- Exhibition: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Sketches, Portraits, Encounters. In: Filmmuseum Potsdam , January 2001, accessed on February 8, 2020.
- Jakob Buhre: I am not interested in the money people. In: Planet Interview. December 27, 2008.
- Summer exhibition at Wackerbarth Castle. In: art + form Dresden , August 2010.
- Exhibition: Paintings, drawings and graphics by Armin Mueller-Stahl in the Neustadter Villa Böhm. In: Kunstverein Neustadt , 2011, accessed on February 8, 2020.
- Dominik Pieper: cheerful to gloomy. Armin Mueller-Stahl shows his works in the Stadtmuseum Siegburg. In: General-Anzeiger (Bonn) , August 27, 2014.
- Exhibition: Armin Mueller-Stahl exhibits in Kamenz. In: Sächsische Zeitung , January 28, 2020.
- Christel Heybrock: A stream of events, a place, a life. Pictures and Brockhaus gouaches by Müller-Stahl in the Kunsthalle Mannheim. In: kunstundkosmos.de , February 1, 2008.
- Pictures: Mueller-Stahl in front of Brockhaus. ( Memento of February 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) | Brockhaus II. ( Memento from February 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
- Judith Luig: When drawing, you are the director yourself . In: Die Welt , December 9, 2009, p. 28.
- Paul Katzenberger: I am for the destruction of beauty. In: Süddeutsche.de , February 16, 2012, interview.
- Armin Mueller-Stahl becomes a member of the Rostock University Council. In: neue musikzeitung , 6 July 2009.
- Board of Trustees. In: Freya von Moltke Foundation .
- Marika Bent: Jazz: The snow of yesterday is melting. At 80, Armin Mueller-Stahl became a singer. ( Memento from December 16, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) In: Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung , November 25, 2010.
- Thomas Bittner: His first CD. Armin Mueller-Stahl sings old songs again. ( Memento from December 8, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) In: tagesschau.de , December 7, 2010, text only.
- Armin Mueller-Stahl on steffi-line.de
- Christian Mueller-Stahl. Internet Movie Database , accessed June 8, 2015 .
- kai / os: The desire to transform ( memento from February 12, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ). In: The Ostpreußenblatt , December 16, 2000.
- Utz. In: filmportal.de .
- biography of Armin Mueller-Stahl ( memento from February 10, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ) on defa-sternstunden.de
- "The Escape from Hell", GDR 1960 on fernsehserien.de
- PAZ: Armin Müller-Stahl made an honorary citizen of Tilsit. In: Preußische Allgemeine , December 16, 2011.
- Susanna Gilbert-Sättele : Foolish dreams of the dark side. Armin Mueller-Stahl's Kafkaesque stories . In: Mittelbayerische Zeitung / dpa , November 14, 2006.
- Discussion from up close : Silent Canal. A television crime story describes oppressive surveillance techniques with microelectronics. In: Der Spiegel , December 2, 1985.
- there are days ... In: Universal Music Group / JazzEcho , with audio files and video clip.
- An actor as a painter. Armin Mueller-Stahl exhibits in Burgkloster and Buddenbrookhaus. ( Memento from October 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). In: Lübecker Stadtzeitung , November 13, 2001.
- cw: Armin Mueller-Stahl as a draftsman . In: Focus / dpa , January 24, 2007.
- Bai: Armin Müller-Stahl as a draftsman . [ sic! ] In: Die Welt , February 5, 2009.
- Armin Mueller-Stahl exhibition. Armin Mueller-Stahl. Drawings, script overpaintings and lithographs. Horst Janssen Museum Oldenburg. In: Monopol , November 2009, accessed February 6, 2020.
Dagmar Haas Pilwat: Mueller-Stahl in the NRW-Forum. In: Rheinische Post , August 15, 2009.
Press release: State government and NRW Forum present "Armin Mueller-Stahl - Overpainting a script". In: land.nrw/de , August 14, 2009.
- Susanne Wolke: “Painting and acting belong together.” Exhibition by Armin Mueller-Stahl until June 6th in the municipal gallery “Empty Bag” in Regensburg. In: oberpfalznetz.de , March 2, 2010.
- Reiner Meyer (Ed.): Armin Mueller-Stahl: "All art wants to become music". Painting, drawing, graphics. Municipal Gallery “Empty Bag”, Regensburg, March 2 to June 6, 2010. Museums of the City of Regensburg, 2010, ISBN 978-3-935052-82-5 , exhibition catalog.
- Hannelore Stamm, Hannes Albers: Armin Mueller-Stahl. In: Kunst-Kabinett Usedom , with etchings, lithographs and press reports, accessed on February 21, 2020.
Jens Dirksen: Armin Mueller-Stahl in Solingen - actor, painter, fool. In: DerWesten , October 14, 2012.
Michael Tesch: Armin Mueller-Stahl exhibits in Solingen: Hollywood star shows his pictures. In: Rheinische Post , September 18, 2012.
- Oliver Hengst: A Müller steel from 100 euros. In: Westfälische Nachrichten , March 26, 2013, with photo series , April 7, 2013.
- Annette Mohl: Armin Mueller-Stahl in Nürtingen. When a world star portrays world stars. In: Stuttgarter Nachrichten , January 14, 2014.
- Mueller-Stahls "Menschenbilder". In: Lausitzer Rundschau , August 28, 2015.
- Exhibition: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Träumerei. In: art + form Dresden , 2016.
- Martina Bielen: Whoever only works, withdraws from the adventure of life. Exhibition with pictures by Armin Mueller-Stahl. ( Memento from March 16, 2017 in the Internet Archive ). In: Kunsthandlung Langheinz , June 14, 2017; see. Armin Mueller-Stahl , accessed on February 6, 2020.
- Review: Echofest. ( Memento of December 14, 2004 in the Internet Archive ). In: Febiofest , 2004, (English): "Armin Muller Stahl was awarded with Kristián."
- Bremer Hanseatic Prize for International Understanding. In: Kulturpreise.de , accessed on February 21, 2020.
- Bremen Hanseatic Prize for Armin Mueller-Stahl. In: neue musikzeitung , September 26, 2005.
- Carl Zuckmayer Medal of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Armin Mueller-Stahl. An appreciation. Brandes & Apsel Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2007, 70 pp., Ill., ISBN 3-86099-865-X
- Press release: The honorary award of the "Golden Spring 2008" for the actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. ( Memento from July 31, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ). In: Bauer Verlag , May 19, 2008.
- "Eastern Promises" and "Shake Hands With The Devil" Lead in 2008 Genie Award Nominations. ( Memento from February 20, 2009 in the Internet Archive ). In: genieawards.ca , January 28, 2008, (PDF; 123 kB).
- "Art has to make up for what politicians mess up." In: Nordwest-Zeitung / dpa , February 28, 2009.
- Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers awards the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to 20 citizens. ( Memento from January 16, 2010 in the Internet Archive ). In: State government of North Rhine-Westphalia , notification from January 14, 2010.
"With passion from Schleswig-Holstein": Mueller-Stahl is an honorary citizen. In: n-tv , November 30, 2010.
“His many years of work for the Lübeck University of Music and the support of the Gottorf Castle Museum , the Lübeck museums and the Rendsburg Jewish Museum are also remarkable .” In: Honorary Citizen of Schleswig-Holstein. In: Schleswig-Holstein State Government , June 30, 2014.
- Press release: Honorary Golden Bear for Armin Mueller-Stahl. ( Memento from September 11, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ). In: 61st Berlin International Film Festival , December 17, 2010 and video: Mueller-Stahl at the Berlinale 2010.
- ddp : Armin Mueller-Stahl receives Golden Camera . In: NZZ , January 26, 2011.
- stef: European understanding. Award for Armin Mueller-Stahl. In: Berliner Morgenpost , November 10, 2011.
- Sydney Levine: Jews in the News: Washington Jewish Film Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up. In: IMDb News , January 15, 2016.
- Andreas Kurtz: Actor Award: Armin Müller-Stahl receives honorary award for his life's work. In: Berliner Zeitung , May 20, 2016.
- Hans-Dieter Seidel: High art of the simple. The actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. In: FAZ , January 23, 1993, p. VI.
- Johannes Boesiger : "Thomas Mann reflects absolute honesty". In: Tages-Anzeiger / SonntagsZeitung , June 18, 2000, p. 27, interview, beginning of article.
- Stephan Lebert , Melanie Mohaupt: The roles of my life. ( Memento from November 17, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). In: Die Zeit , February 16, 2006, No. 8, Interview, (PDF).
- Armin Mueller-Stahl quoted in: Spruch des Tages. ( Memento of March 18, 2017 in the Internet Archive ). In: Trierischer Volksfreund , November 28, 2007.
Interview and commentary on the ARD documentation Germany, your artists (2008): “Media throw away thoughts.” ( Memento from September 3, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ) In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger , June 30, 2008.
Germany, your artists - Armin Mueller-Stahl. In: MDR , November 17, 2011, with photos.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German actor, violinist, painter and writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||17th December 1930|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Tilsit , East Prussia Province, Free State of Prussia|