Erich Auer (actor)

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Vienna Central Cemetery - grave of Erich Auer

Erich Auer (born April 14, 1923 in Vienna ; † December 17, 2004 there ) was an Austrian actor .


Erich Auer, who comes from a Tyrolean family of actors, attended the teacher training institute . In the years 1941 to 1945 he had to enlist in the Wehrmacht and was taken prisoner by the Soviets. After his release, he completed an acting course at the Vienna Conservatory , where he met the actress Martha Wallner , whom he later married.

He found his first engagement at the Linz State Theater in 1946, but returned to Vienna in 1948 and was at the Volkstheater until 1950 . In 1951 he was accepted into the Burgtheater ensemble . Here he appeared in more than 150 roles - u. a. as Antonio in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice , as Valentin in Raimund's Der Verschwender or as Merenberg in Grillparzer's King Ottokar's Glück und Ende . In 1963 he became a chamber actor and in 1986 an honorary member of the Burgtheater and retired in 1989. From 1959 to 1961 he was an artistic works council and from 1973 a member of the Burgtheater management.

As a stage actor, he appeared in 150 different roles. Auer became known beyond Vienna through his roles in the German-language homeland films of the post-war period, but later he was also in great demand as an acting teacher. His last role was that of Colonel “Pickering” in My Fair Lady , Wiener Volksoper (2003/2004 season). On television he appeared in the multi-part series Die Alpensaga and Wie ein Tänen im Ozean .

His honorary grave is located in the Vienna Central Cemetery (group 40, number 86).




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