Attila Hörbiger

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Attila Hörbiger as Jedermann , 1947
Tomb of Attila Hörbiger and Paula Wessely in the Grinzing cemetery

Attila Hörbiger (born April 21, 1896 in Budapest , † April 27, 1987 in Vienna ) was an Austrian actor. He played Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival from 1935 to 1937 and from 1947 to 1951 and was - according to Max Reinhardt - the best actor in this role.


Attila Hörbiger was the son of Hanns Hörbiger , the brother of Paul Hörbiger , from 1935 the husband of Paula Wessely and the father of Elisabeth Orth , Christiane Hörbiger and Maresa Hörbiger , the grandfather of Cornelius Obonya , the son of Elisabeth Orth, and the great uncle by Mavie Hörbiger and Christian Tramitz .

Hörbiger moved to Vienna with his parents in 1903. From 1906 to 1914 he attended the collegiate high school St. Paul in Lavanttal , where he gained his first acting experience. In 1919 he made his stage debut in Wiener Neustadt. He then played at the Schwäbische Volksbühne in Stuttgart , 1920 in Bozen , 1921 at the Raimundtheater in Vienna, Bad Ischl and 1922 at the Stadttheater Reichenberg , 1923 in Vienna at the Jarno-Bühne, 1925 in Brno and from 1926 to 1928 at the New Theater in Prague .

Hörbiger was engaged at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna from 1928 to 1949 , and from 1950 to 1975 he was a member of the Vienna Burgtheater ensemble . On October 15, 1955, on the occasion of the reopening of the Burgtheater, he played Rudolf von Habsburg in Grillparzer's King Ottokar's Glück und Ende .

From 1935 to 1937 and 1947 to 1951 he played Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival . On April 6, 1974 he played Nathan at the Burgtheater premiere of Nathan the Wise , his youngest daughter Maresa the Recha. In 1985 Hörbiger was on stage for the last time as Winter in Ferdinand Raimund's Der Diamant des Geisterkönig . In 1986 a portrait of him was unveiled in the Burgtheater's gallery of honor.

Attila Hörbiger had been married to the opera singer Consuelo Martinez since June 14, 1924. On November 26, 1934, the marriage was divorced ("separation of table and bed"), and on November 14, 1935, the marriage was annulled by the Church. On November 23, 1935, he married the actress Paula Wessely . Elisabeth Orth was born in 1936, Christiane Hörbiger in 1938 and Maresa Hörbiger in 1945 .

After the annexation of Austria , Hörbiger became an NSDAP member with membership number 6,295,909 . Together with his second wife Paula Wessely, he starred in return , an anti-Polish and anti-Semitic propaganda film by Gustav Ucicky from the year 1941. Because of the strong propagandistic intention in the interests of Nazi rulers, this film after the end of the Third Reich as Reserved film has been classified. Before that, the couple shot the propaganda film “ Harvest ” for the Austro-fascist regime.

In 1987 Hörbiger died after a stroke in Vienna. He is buried in Vienna in an honorary grave in the Grinzinger Friedhof (group 6, row 3, number 3) at the side of his wife. His grandson Cornelius Obonya played the role of Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival from 2013 to 2016 .



See also


  • Elisabeth Orth: fairy tales of her life. My parents Paula Wessely and Attila Hörbiger. Molden, Vienna 1975, ISBN 3-217-05032-0 .
  • Georg Markus : The Hörbigers. Family biography . Amalthea Verlag, Vienna 2006, ISBN 3-850-02565-9 .
  • Christina Höfferer and Andreas Kloner: Hörbiger. A family constellation. ORF radio feature 2008, 54 min.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Reichenberg - a short portrait ( memento from March 8, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from November 20, 2009, accessed on February 9, 2013.
  2. Hans Schmid: “Schwierige Heimkehr”, Telepolis March 17, 2012 ( memento of March 18, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on on May 28, 2014
  3. ↑ Office of the Federal President