Felix Dvorak

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Felix Dvorak (born November 4, 1936 in Vienna ) is an Austrian actor , cabaret artist , artistic director and writer .

Live and act

The descendant of the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák initially completed an apprenticeship as a pastry chef at the request of his father. He then followed his calling as an actor and in 1961 replaced the outgoing Helmut Qualtinger in Gerhard Bronner's cabaret ensemble , and in 1962 Fritz Riha in the “Wiener Werkel”. This was followed by appearances on almost every stage in Vienna, which made Dvorak a crowd favorite. He played in pieces by Franz Molnár , Johann Nestroy , Ferdinand Raimund , Molière , in musicals like My Fair Lady and operettas like Die Fledermaus .

Dvorak celebrated his breakthrough at the Vienna theater with the portrayal of the kuk executioner Josef Lang at the Theater in der Josefstadt .

Dvorak worked for television as an actor, author and presenter of entertainment programs (including Cabaret-Cabaret , Austria is always in season , Tritsch-Tratsch and Wer A says ). His language parodies are especially famous. He was also a guest at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

His television production Flea Market Company , which he wrote with Peter Lodynski, who also directed, received the Golden Rose , the Chaplin Prize and the Prix ​​de la Presse at the TV Festival in Montreux . The satirical TV show Mad in Austria , which he wrote alone (director: Herbert Grunsky) and whose main actor he himself was, received the Bronze Rose of Montreux and the Chaplin Prize and was also nominated for an Emmy abroad . The German television audience is Dvorak primarily as a partner of Eddi Arent in the ARD - Sketch series Dinner is served (Episode 1983) known.

Felix Dvorak was artistic director of the Berndorf City Theater from 1989 to 2010 , of the Komödienspiele Mödling for twelve years and of the Weitra Castle Festival from 2006 to 2011 . He is also a playwright, has written several books (including humor knows no bounds and kisses the hand, Mr. Hofrat ). In 2006 he published the twelve comedies, three volume edition of his plays, which was expanded in 2009 with the fourth volume.

In autumn 2010 Amalthea published his bestseller “Sternstunden des Humors” and on his 75th birthday Dvorak's autobiography “Survival Run” , published by the same publisher, was presented. At the end of July 2013, again in the Amalthea publishing house, there was “He who laughs first, laughs the longest” and in October 2015 “A Hetz und a Gaudi” followed . In 2019, Ueberreuter published his book of memories, "Himmelhoch jauchzend und never saddened" . In 2020 "So laughs the world" was published. There are also recordings and videos by and with Dvorak.

Felix Dvorak has been married to his wife Elisabeth since 1961. The two have two daughters. One, Daniela Karmela, is married to the journalist and author Georg Markus . The other, Katja Tatjana Löwy, is married to the landscape architect Thomas Löwy.

In 2013 Dvorak's 60th stage anniversary was celebrated, on which Federal President Heinz Fischer personally congratulated him.

Dvorak lives in Vienna -  Neustift am Walde and in Italy on the Isola di Albarella in the Po Delta in Veneto .


Filmography (selection)

Stage works (excerpt)

  • Boccaccio (new version of the operetta for the Vienna Volksoper )
  • Air deals (Schwank)
  • Morality (comedy)
  • Techtelmechtel (comedy)
  • As you me, so I you (comedy)
  • A fine family (folk piece)
  • Halali (Schwank)
  • Such a theater (comedy)
  • Kirchfeld (Volksstück)
  • The Children (Comedy)
  • Charley's aunt (Schwank)

Books by Dvorak

  • ... over thickness. Weight loss and gain. Lucerne, Frankfurt am Main 1979.
  • Humor knows no boundaries I.
  • Humor knows no borders II.
  • Kiss the hand, Mr. Hofrat and other satires from Austria. Vienna 1989.
  • Felix Dvorak's box of jokes. Vienna, Munich, Zurich 1993.
  • One is not called Dworschak. An Austrian family chronicle. St. Pölten, Vienna 1994.
  • City Theater Berndorf: The centenary miracle. Vienna 1998.
  • Plays I. Vienna 2006.
  • Theater plays II. Vienna 2006.
  • Plays III. Vienna 2006.
  • Theater IV. Vienna 2009.
  • Great moments of humor. Vienna 2010.
  • Survival run. Vienna 2011.
  • He who laughs first laughs the longest. Vienna 2013.
  • A Hetz and a Gaudi. Vienna 2015.
  • Exulting in high spirits and never saddened. From the life of a comedian , Ueberreuter, Vienna 2019, ISBN 978-3-8000-7739-7 .
  • That's how the world laughs. A humorous journey around the globe. Amalthea 2020

Web links

Commons : Felix Dvorak  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Minister Drozda honors actor and director Felix Dvorak . OTS notification dated June 14, 2017, accessed June 15, 2017.