Franz Morak

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Franz Morak

Franz Morak (born May 25, 1946 in Graz ) is an Austrian actor , singer and politician of the ÖVP .

Artistic career

Franz Morak in 1980 in the Metropol in Vienna
Franz Morak in 1980 in the Metropol in Vienna
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  AT 13 December 15, 1980 (6 weeks)
Morak 'n Roll
  AT 8th 11/01/1981 (6 weeks)
Life eats raw meat
  AT 21st 11/02/2018 (3 weeks)

After studying acting and directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and as a listener at the Reinhardtseminar in Vienna , Morak worked as a singer and songwriter, actor, director at several theaters and as an actor in TV, radio and film productions. Morak has been a member of the Burgtheater since 1974 . He was successful as a Nestroy actor and made it to the Berlin Theatertreffen as Brecht's "Arturo Ui". As a director, he was responsible for a much-praised production of Felix Mitterer's old people's home tragedy "Sibirien" with Fritz Muliar .

One of the meanwhile lesser-known stations in the life of the later Secretary of State for Culture was his time as an extreme punk rock singer and songwriter. Among other things, he released the albums Morak (cover design: Gottfried Helnwein ), Morak'n'Roll and Sieger look different . In his musical works and also in his live performances, Morak dealt in a very drastic way with the Catholic Church, incest, pedophilia, suicide, various mental illnesses and other explosive topics.

Political career

At the Burgtheater, Morak stood up as a staff representative against the artistic director Claus Peymann for the rights and seized privileges of the ensemble. In doing so, he increasingly and up to his own artistic damage in fundamental opposition by rejecting more and more role offers (including the world premiere of Peter Turrini's "Death and the Devil").

From 1994 until the start of the Haider - Schüssel coalition in spring 2000, Morak was a member of the National Council and also a member of the ORF Board of Trustees (March 21, 1995 - February 29, 2000). Between February 2000 and January 2007 he was State Secretary for Art and Media in the Federal Chancellery in the black and blue governments of Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel ( ÖVP ). Subsequently, Morak was again a member of the National Council until October 2008. After he was unable to join the National Council in the 2008 National Council election , he took early retirement at the age of 62.


Morak's son is the lead singer of the Viennese ska band PBH Club .



  • 1980: Morak
  • 1981: Morak 'n Roll
  • 1983: winners look different
  • 1993: cardiac arrest
  • 1998: Master Series (Compilation)
  • 2018: Life eats raw meat


  • Schizo (1980)
  • Where's the Boss (1981)
  • Raspberry Ice Cream (1980, from the LP Morak)
  • Dance music (1983, from the LP winners look different)



Individual evidence

  1. ^ Franz Morak in the Austrian charts
  2. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  3. Morak receives high Croatian medals . In: , October 2006, accessed on December 13, 2010.

Web links

Commons : Franz Morak  - Collection of images, videos and audio files