Gojko Mitic

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Gojko Mitić (2016)

Gojko Mitić ( Serbian - Cyrillic Гојко Митић ; born June 13, 1940 in Strojkovce near Leskovac , Kingdom of Yugoslavia , today Serbia ) is a German - Serbian actor and director . He achieved great popularity in the GDR as the leading actor in historical and fictional Indian personalities in numerous DEFA Indian films . Its popularity may be recognized by the fact that attempts were made both in the GDR and later in the FRG to attach labels to it: "DEFA-Chefindianer" on the one hand, " Winnetou of the East" on the other. Gojko Mitić never played the latter role in a movie (but later in the Karl May Games in Bad Segeberg ). This Winnetou formulation rather refers to the fame of Gojko Mitić compared to the actor in the role from the West, the French Pierre Brice .

Gojko Mitić says he speaks all Slavic languages, German, a little Italian and English.


Mitić comes from a farming family from a village on the Veternica in southern Serbia . Since his father Živojin took part in the liberation struggle of Yugoslav partisans in World War II , he grew up with his brother Dragan with his grandparents. After his school education, during which he was also taught German for four years, Mitić, at the age of 20, began studying sport at the Sport University in Belgrade . During his studies he made his first contacts with film. At that time, many international films were being produced in Yugoslavia , the extras of which were mainly students from the Belgrade Sports University.

From 1961 Mitić appeared increasingly as a stuntman in Italian and British films. In 1963 he got a tiny role in the Karl May film Old Shatterhand, produced by Artur Brauner . Impressed by his athletic appearance, after the Rialto production Winnetou Part 2 in the next film in the series in Unter vultures he was given a bigger role as chief son Wokadeh . Here his name appeared in German in the credits as "Georg Mitic".

Then the DEFA began to shoot DEFA Indian films in Yugoslavia : In 1966 Mitić played his first leading role as Lakota chief Tokei-ihto in The Sons of the Great Bear . 9 million GDR citizens saw the film in the cinema. This started his film career mainly in the GDR, where he achieved extraordinary popularity. In 1967 he played the Mohican Chingachgook, 1968 and 1969 the Dakota chief Weitspähender Falke, 1970 the Shoshonen Shave Head, 1971 the Seminolen Osceola, 1972 Tecumseh, 1973 and 1974 the Apache chief Ulzana, 1975 the Cheyenne Harter Felsen, 1978 the Manzanero Indian Severino and in 1983 the scout White Feather.

In addition to Eastern Europe, Mitić was also known in Africa and Asia through the DEFA films. Until 1975 he was in front of the camera for at least one film each year, almost exclusively playing Indian chiefs. In order to avoid his easily audible accent, Mitić, although he speaks fluent German, was dubbed. The fact that he actually performed all the stunts himself as an actor, such as on the running horse and in various other scenes , gave his portrayal of the heroic figure a high degree of credibility.

In 1976 the GDR rock group Express paid homage to him in their song Ein Wigwam stands in Babelsberg . From the summer of 1976 Mitić was seen for the first time in the role of Spartacus in the Harz mountain theater Thale . There he played mostly adventure pieces until 1984, which were also recorded for the television of the GDR .

Mitić didn't just make Indian films. He played in the theater, at times he also stood in front of the camera for science fiction ( Signals - A Space Adventure ) and television productions ( Archive of Death , Front Without Mercy ). Renate Blume was his film partner several times , with whom he lived for a few years in the 1970s. In addition to acting, Mitić also appeared as a singer (1977 with Extinguish the Fire , reissued in 2010 by Engel B. in a more modern guise; 1978 with A man can tell a lot ) and moderator ( Ein Kessel Buntes , Gong ). From 1981 to 1989 he directed five films in the children's series Jan and Tini , for which he had also written the scripts.

In 1988 he took on his last Indian role in the two-part DEFA television film Präriejäger in Mexico based on the novel by Karl May for television in the GDR.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall , Mitić played smaller roles again ( the storyteller , Burning Life , heroes like us ); From 1992 he took over the role of Winnetou as the successor to Pierre Brice at the Karl May Games in Bad Segeberg. On September 10, 2006 Mitić gave his last performance for the time being after a total of 15 seasons and 1024 performances. Fittingly, Winnetou III was played that year , where Winnetou eventually dies. Seven years later, Mitić returned to Bad Segeberg in the role of Intschu tschuna , the father of his former character.

From 2007 to 2009 Mitić played Chief Bromden in the play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in the Schwerin State Theater . At the same theater he played the lead role in a musical based on the novel Alexis Sorbas by Nikos Kazantzakis at the 2009 Palace Festival .

In 2012 Gojko Mitić performed with Uwe Jensen with “Music at the Campfire” and “Christmas at the Campfire”. In 2013 Gojko Mitić returned to the TV screens as the level-headed Comaniac chief Tahmahkera in the Sat1 western production In a wilden Land (with Benno Fürmann , Emilia Schüle and Nadja Uhl, among others ). It is the first Indian film in which Mitić can be heard with his own voice, albeit entirely in a Comaniac dialect. Since 2015 there has been a fan meeting dedicated to him in El Dorado in Templin, at which Mitić always appears as the guest of honor. In December 2019 he received the prize for life's work in film art from the DEFA Foundation . The laudation was given by the singer Ute Freudenberg .

Gojko Mitić lives in Berlin-Köpenick and has a daughter (* 1992). He is a German and a Serbian citizen.

Game community "Gojko Mitić" Bischofswerda e. V.

On June 13, 1993 the game community "Gojko Mitić" was founded in Bischofswerda. The association is not a fan club, but a theater association. He organizes Germany's smallest Karl May Games with the youngest actors on the Waldbühne in Bischofswerda . Over 80 children and young people as well as numerous animals take part in the annual new productions. During their 21st season in 2013, the Bischofswerda Karl May Games won a total of 100,000. Greet spectators on the forest stage. Gojko Mitić is the namesake and patron of the association. He regularly attends rehearsals or performances of the Karl May Games in Bischofswerda and campaigns publicly for the association's work with children and young people.

Filmography (selection)

Gojko Mitić (1969)




  • the "golden needle for diaspora"
  • "Gebrüder Karic Award"


The asteroid (147595) was named Gojkomitić after Mitić .



  • 2020: Legends: Agnes Kraus, MDR

Web links

Commons : Gojko Mitić  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. a b Jens Blankennagel: What does .... Gojko Mitić. Berliner Zeitung , August 1, 2009, accessed on December 23, 2013 .
  2. ^ Lutz Pensionner and Frank Otto Sperlich: Eastern legends: Gojko Mitić. Documentary; MDR; June 11, 2020, 11:10 pm; 43 min
  3. gojko-mitic.de/ ( Memento from March 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive ): Interview
  4. Anja Werner: One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Dale Wasserman based on the novel by Ken Kesey . ( Memento from April 5, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Theater Schwerin, version in the Internet Archive from April 5, 2009, accessed on November 4, 2015.
  5. Schwerin Castle Festival 2009: Sorbas. Musical based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis . ( Memento from August 15, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Theater Schwerin, version in the Internet Archive from August 15, 2009, accessed on November 4, 2015.
  6. ↑ A hatchet instead of a pipe of peace: Gojko Mitic: Broken Indian word of honor? Berliner Kurier , June 28, 2013.f
  7. 19th award ceremony of the DEFA Foundation. Retrieved June 2, 2020 .
  8. Ben Hänchen: “Meet old friends again”: In conversation with Gojko Mitic Mitic, who will return to Bad Segeberg as Intschu-tschuna in the summer. From: Karl May & Co. 132, May 12, 2013, pp. 99–102, here p. 99, accessed on November 4, 2015 (pdf; 10.8 MB).
  9. Smoke signals over Cannstatt, part 7 . DasErste.de , accessed on November 4, 2015.
  10. Golden needle for the Chefindian Golden needle for the Chefindian ( Memento from February 12, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ) Superillu from June 3, 2010
  11. 147595 Gojkomitic (2004 GE20) . JPL Small-Body Database Browser on NASA's website , accessed November 4, 2015.