Boy Gobert

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Boy Christian Klée Gobert (born June 5, 1925 in Hamburg ; † May 30, 1986 in Vienna ) was a German - Austrian theater actor , film actor and theater director .


Boy Gobert's tomb in the cemetery in Neustift am Walde , Vienna- Döbling

Boy Gobert was the son of Hamburg's Senator for Culture Ascan Klée Gobert and a Hungarian countess. After some theater engagements, including with his acting teacher Helmuth Gmelin at the Theater im Zimmer , in 1954 he also came to film, where he was primarily committed to the role of dandies , snobs and bon vivants . “In more than 50 films from the kidney table era, Gobert joked through the land of smiles, nasalizing, blasé”, wrote Der Spiegel in an obituary for Gobert in 1986.

Since 1960 Gobert was a member of the Vienna Burgtheater . As the successor to Kurt Raeck , he became director of the Hamburg Thalia Theater in 1969 , which he directed until 1980. There he succeeded in expanding and developing his own range of roles. He played roles in world literature under well-known directors, including Shakespeare's Richard III. , Coriolan and Goethe's Faust , but also modern classics such as Arthur Schnitzler's Anatol and Carl Sternheim's Snob . In addition, he dedicated himself as a director and actor to contemporary Anglo-Saxon theater with authors such as Harold Pinter and Trevor Griffiths . As artistic director and director, he also developed a particular interest in the “upscale boulevard ” under the motto “an optimum of art and cash”. In 1980 he moved to the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlin as general director . Despite isolated artistic successes such as the Hans Fallada Review Everyone dies for himself alone (directed by Peter Zadek ) and Hans Neuenfels ' demanding productions of Goethe's Iphigenia on Tauris , Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea , Robert Musil's Die Schwärmer and Jean Genet's The Balcony , Gobert succeeded overall not to meet the high expectations placed on him as the successor to Hans Lietzau . His contract was not extended beyond the 1984/85 season.

The final production of Schiller's Wallenstein with Gobert in the title role (staged by Klaus Emmerich , dramaturgical collaborator Heiner Müller ) was panned. Hellmuth Karasek wrote : “Quite a bankruptcy, a third-class funeral. [...] A farewell wasted, wasted, wasted. If something could have been tragic on these evenings, it was Gobert's rude awakening from the Gründgens dream. "

After that, Gobert was to take over the management of the Vienna theater in Josefstadt with the 1986/87 season . There he was already in rehearsals for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Ingrid Andree , but surprisingly died of heart failure in his house in Vienna Neustift am Walde before the season opened - just a few weeks before Ernst Wendt, who was also newly hired as a dramaturge .

Gobert's grave, honored by the City of Vienna , is located in the Neustifter Friedhof (group 22, row 6, number 1) in the 18th district .

honors and awards

He received the title of chamber actor through the Austrian Federal President . In 1961 Gobert was awarded the German Critics' Prize. In 1973, the members of his awarded Hamburger Volksbühne the honorary prize Silver mask . In 1977 he received the Silver Leaf of the Dramatists Union for his services and was awarded the Golden Camera in 1980 as a narrator and actor in The Good Doctor . The Hamburg Senate awarded him the Medal for Art and Science in 1980 .

With the Boy Gobert Prize for young actors at Hamburg theaters, awarded by the Körber Foundation and endowed with 10,000 euros, which has been awarded since 1981 , Gobert is also honored posthumously.


What Boy Gobert spoke was released as single and LP records.

  • 1961 (approx.): In Beatitude and Sins: Boy Gobert speaks poems by Marie Madeleine
  • 1962: Boy Gobert reads amusing, amorous
  • 1965: Boy Gobert recites / reads Wilhelm Busch / Max and Moritz - several pressings
  • (1965?): Wilhelm Busch: Max and Moritz - Plisch and Plum (LP)
  • 1966: Boy Gobert reads Heinrich Heine



  • Gerhard Blasche , Eberhard Witt: Hamburg Thalia Theater - Boy Gobert. Kristall Verlag, Hamburg 1980, ISBN 3-607-00004-2 .
  • The rise and fall of a theater king. Boy Gobert at the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlin 1980 - 1985. “Do you think we can do it here?” In: Helmut Marrat (Ed.): Perinique . World Heritage Magazine. No. 26 . Perinique, April 2017, ISSN  1869-9952 ( special issue on Boy Gobert).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gobert, who lived in Vienna for a long time, had Austrian citizenship since 1981. See Died: Boy Gobert . In: Der Spiegel , No. 23, 1986, p. 236.
  2. a b Died: Boy Gobert . In: Der Spiegel , No. 23, 1986, p. 236.
  3. Hellmuth Karasek: Bad Awakening . In: Der Spiegel , No. 16, 1985, pp. 238-239.
  4. See 1980 award winners on
  5. Boy Gobert Prize on
  6. Boy Gobert - Deutsche Grammophon Ges. 34 054 (Single), accessed January 21, 2020.
  7. Boy Gobert reads amusing, Amorous, accessed January 21, 2020.
  8. Boy Gobert reads amusing ♥ amorous - from the lecture evening of the same name Lebendiges Wort LW 7,, A 1962, LP, accessed January 21, 2020.
  9. Boy Gobert reads Max and Moritz, Favorit Records FEP 511 , accessed January 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Wilhelm Busch: Max and Moritz Impression Preiserrecords 4055, German Book Association, 1965
  11. Max and Moritz: Boy Gobert recites Wilhelm Busch Creditanstalt ... for World Savings Day, accessed January 21, 2020
  12. Boy Gobert reads Wilhelm Busch: Max and Moritz - Plisch and Plum Unikum, Uni 8, LP, accessed January 21, 2020.
  13. Boy Gobert speaks Heinrich Heine, Preiser Records - PR 3117, Austria, accessed January 21, 2020. - Sound recording January 9, 1966, Kölner Kammerspiele.