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.
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)
- 1985 Kainz Medal
- 1988 Albin Skoda ring
- 2003 Large silver medal on ribbon for services to the Republic of Austria
- 2006 Prince Branimir Order with collar
- Heidi Lackner: Franz Morak: Hearst, are you sleeping? In: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten , November 30, 1996. p. 5.
- Roland Koberg: A grumpy castle actor as State Secretary . In: Berliner Zeitung , February 11, 2000.
- Robert Menasse : Franz Morak and his gang . In: Die Presse , October 29, 2003.
- Alfred Pfabigan : Against the lewd opposition . In: Die Presse , November 22, 2003.
- Robert Menasse : One last time in the ghost train . In: Die Presse , November 22, 2003.
- Franz Morak in the Austrian charts
- List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
- Morak receives high Croatian medals . In: volksgruppen.orf.at , October 2006, accessed on December 13, 2010.
- Works by and about Franz Morak in the catalog of the German National Library
- Franz Morak on the website of the Austrian Parliament
- Franz Morak's web log in the 2008 National Council election campaign
- Martin Wassermair: Franz Morak's Berlusconization of Cultural Policy in Austria , October 2002.
- Martin Wassermair: Collateral Damage. Franz Morak's cultural policy relies on the role model effect of Schwarzenegger films , June 2002.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Austrian actor, singer and politician (ÖVP), member of the National Council|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 25, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Graz|