Fritz Stavenhagen (actor)

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Fritz Stavenhagen (2016)

Fritz Stavenhagen (born May 15, 1945 in Klettwitz , Niederlausitz ) is a German actor , speaker and director .


Stavenhagen grew up as a half-orphan of the war in Minden / Westphalia, in 1963 he graduated from the Mindener Altsprachliches Gymnasium and then began studying German and theater studies in Hamburg, which he continued at the Free University of Berlin. There he decided to do practical theater training, attended a private drama school and passed the final exam in 1966. After a few theater stints, however, he resumed his studies in German and English at the Cologne University of Education in 1973, graduating with the first state examination in 1975 and then returning to the theater. He is the father of three sons. He is married and lives in Neuwied am Rhein.

In addition to the theater, microphone work determined his professional career from the start: In addition to his work as an advertising and voice actor, he was involved in a large number of radio and audio book productions, including a. with permission, Froschkönig , Bo im wilden Land and as a narrator in the children's musical series Ritter Rost , which was awarded the German Kids Award Gold and several Leopold prizes , and which celebrated its twentieth birthday in 2014 with a gala at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In addition to film and television roles, in 1971 he also appeared as a cabaret artist in Hurra, Wir Die by and with Georg Kreisler, and between 1984 and 1986 with his own solo program Alles under Control .

Further biographical information as well as audio and video evidence of the following tabular information can be found on Fritz Stavenhagen's website. See web links.

Theater stations

  • 1963 Minden youth stage
  • 1965 Hamburg studio stage
  • 1967 Franconian Theater Maßbach
  • 1968 Zimmer Theater Münster
  • 1970 Theater Krefeld
  • 1971 Renitenztheater Stuttgart
  • 1972 Forum Theater Berlin
  • 1972 Theater des Westens Berlin
  • 1975–77 Theater Central Bonn
  • 1977–79 Heilbronn Theater
  • 1979–82 Grenzlandtheater Aachen
  • 1982–83 Theater am Dom Cologne
  • 1983–84 Zimmer Theater Heidelberg
  • 1983–84 Small Theater Bad Godesberg
  • 1985–86 Theater im Bauturm Cologne
  • 1985–87 Theater an der Luegallee Düsseldorf
  • 1989 Theater am Sachsenring Cologne
  • 2002 Comedy Bochum
  • 2003 Comedy Duisburg

Record / Audiobook / CD (selection)

  • 1971 Hurray we're dying (by and with Georg Kreisler)
  • 1978 Hugo Hartung: I often think of Piroschka
  • 1978 Guy de Maupassant: short stories
  • 1978 Gottfried Keller: The smith of his luck
  • 1994–2019 18 Ritter-Rost CDs
  • 2000 The Santa Claus
  • 2005 The outrageous pianoforte
  • 2006 Allow Frog King
  • 2006 Bo in the wild land
  • 2007 Help, I've shrunk my teacher
  • 2008 Frankenstein - Myth and Truth
  • 2010 Count Dracula - Myth and Truth
  • 2010 The Tail of the Diabolus
  • 2006 The Bergische Rose - Legends from the Bergisches Land
  • 2006 The enchanted princess - legends from the Black Forest
  • 2006 About dukes, miracles and soldiers - legends from the Gelderland
  • 2007 The sunken castle - legends of the Lower Rhine

Film / radio / television (selection)


  • 1988 Everything under control (WDR)
  • 1995 Dinomania (RTL)
  • 2001 Lindenstrasse (WDR)
  • 2002 The Wild Angels (RTL)
  • 2003 The elephant


  • 1980 My case is different (WDR)
  • 1986 They call me the anteater (WDR)
  • 1986 Mer schwade kölsch (WDR)
  • 1988 The Battle (WDR)
  • 1988 Jan and Griet (WDR)
  • 1986 Näwwel em Kopp (WDR)
  • 1990 God's Word Alone (WDR)
  • 1993 Luwi Arndt - D'r loyal Husar (WDR)
  • 1993 I can die anywhere (WDR)
  • 1999 The Voices of Nienbeck (WDR)

Project German Poetry

In 2001 he began to set up the Internet portal “Spoken German Poetry”, an audio anthology of German poems he had selected and spoken. After 19 years, this collection has grown to 1,350 poems by 110 authors and was accessed 4.9 million times in 2019. Also in 2019 he published his “Introduction to Poetry”, written for interested laypeople, the e-book version of which contains 97 links to different spoken poetry interpretations as well as further articles.

Political commitment

In 2010 Stavenhagen joined the movement for an unconditional basic income and joined the Bonn Initiative for a Basic Income (BIG). After founding the initiative as a non-profit organization, he was a member of the board from 2011 to 2013, the focus of his work was on public relations and press work in order to increase social acceptance of the unconditional basic income. In 2016/17, as press spokesman for the Rhineland-Palatinate regional association, he devoted himself to building the V-Party³ , which stands for a reorientation of society towards humanistic values, such as: B. the abolition of factory farming, an ecologically sustainable agricultural turnaround, species protection, an arms export stop, priority of the rail over the road, as well as for an unconditional basic income and a nationwide referendum . Resigned from the party at the end of 2017, he continues to campaign for the goals mentioned, even without a party.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. SWR Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz from August 25, 2014
  2. Responsibility for Peace 5th series of lectures at RWTH Aachen University WS 1985/86 Ed .: Forum Scientists for Peace and Disarmament pp. 242–297
  3. Manuscript “Everything under Control”:
  4. ^ Judith Schumacher: Unmasked: Ritter Rost lives in Bad Bodendorf . In: Rhein-Zeitung , July 28, 2014 (accessed on August 20, 2015).
  5. Google analytics
  6. German National Library:
  7. ↑ Street interviews on the BGE in Bonn 2011:
  8. DRF Deutsches Regionalfernsehen tvm of February 7, 2017:
  9. Who to choose - candidate comparison for the 2017 federal election:
  10. The V Party³ - Interview with Fritz Stavenhagen: