Franz Peter Wirth

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Franz Peter Wirth (born September 22, 1919 in Munich , † October 17, 1999 in Berg am Starnberger See ) was a German director .


Wirth had studied theater studies. From 1948 to 1950 he was a dramaturge and director in Hof , and from 1951 to 1954 he was chief stage manager and deputy director in Pforzheim . In addition, he was guest director. Then he switched from the stage to television . From 1954 to 1960 Wirth worked as senior game manager at SDR , and from 1960 he was senior game manager at Bavaria Atelier GmbH .

As a television director, he initially specialized in literary film adaptations. He shot a few Derrick and Tatort episodes from the 1970s . His most famous television adaptation was the series adaptation of Thomas Manns Buddenbrooks in 1979. His theatrical adaptation of the play Helden was nominated in 1958 for the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Wirth, who had received numerous awards, made television films until his death at the age of 80. He was married to the actress Wega Jahnke .



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  1. according to the media archive Kay Less