Hans Caninenberg

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Hans Caninenberg (born January 15, 1913 in Duisburg ; † June 29, 2008 in Graefelfing ) was a German actor and writer .


Caninenberg attended the Folkwang Drama School in Essen in the early 1930s and, after graduating, initially played at the theaters in Krefeld, Gießen and Wuppertal. During the Second World War he was a soldier and did not resume his artistic career until 1945 after he was released from captivity. Back in Wuppertal, he helped rebuild the theater and went to the Stuttgart State Theater in 1948 . The renowned artistic director and director Hans Schweikart engaged him in 1953 at the Münchner Kammerspiele . Caninenberg did not settle down at first, however; he soon moved on to Düsseldorf; then Boleslaw Barlog appointed him to his State Berlin Theaters. When he played theater in Frankfurt, he met his colleague Lola Müthel , whom he married for a second time in 1958 and with whom he finally lived in Graefelfing near Munich from 1966. Their son Andreas comes from this connection; daughter Angelika comes from Caninenberg's first marriage.

From the early 1960s, Caninenberg played more and more for television and moved with his family to Munich. He and his wife could be seen there alongside his television work at the Residenztheater . He worked several times in different episodes of the crime series Derrick and Der Alte . One of his internationally best-known roles was that of Lord Guillonk in the television series Sandokan - The Tiger of Malaysia (1976). In the same year, in his role as Gottfried von Haynau, he was the stepfather of Robert von Haynau, played by Sigmar Solbach , in the three-part television film The Winter That Was a Summer . Both actors also played in the Drombuschs (1983). In 1990 the actor made an appearance in the well-known ZDF series Das Traumschiff nach New Orleans. Caninenberg met Solbach again in the family series Dr. Stefan Frank - The doctor whom women trust , in whom he was seen in the role of father.

With his distinctive voice Caninenberg has appeared in numerous radio plays. He was also active as a writer: in addition to plays and essays, he wrote the autobiographical novel My Unforgettable Dream , published in 1988 .

Hans Caninenberg died at the age of 95 and was buried in the community cemetery of his place of residence in Graefelfing. The urn of his wife Lola, who died in 2011, is also in the grave.

His written estate is in the archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.


  • In 1962 Caninenberg received the first Great Hersfeld Prize for (theater) actors. The award certificate certified that he had “achieved an outstanding acting performance with artistic intelligence and a differentiated speech culture due to its unity” .
  • Mercator plaque of the city of Duisburg


  • 1952: Oh, you dear Fridolin
  • 1955: Senior physician Dr. Solm
  • 1955: Hotel Adlon
  • 1957: Colportage
  • 1961: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • 1962: Waiting for Dodo
  • 1963: Candida
  • 1963: Two kinds of measure
  • 1963: a man at his best age
  • 1964: hours of fear
  • 1965: The Silk Shoe (TV series)
  • 1965: Madness or The Devil in Boston
  • 1966: Liselotte from the Palatinate
  • 1966: Jeanne or The Lark
  • 1966: Caroline
  • 1966: freedom in December
  • 1967: It has to be Friday
  • 1967: The arrangement
  • 1967: The Nibelungs (two-part)
  • 1967: Traitor (TV series)
  • 1968: Count Öderland
  • 1968: The Snob
  • 1968: The notification
  • 1969: The second shot
  • 1970: The Commissioner : Three dead travel to Vienna
  • 1971: The Commissioner: Gray-red morning
  • 1972: The Century of Surgeons (TV series)
  • 1972: Entry prohibited
  • 1972: Alarm (TV series)
  • 1972: The Inquiry ( L'inchiesta )
  • 1973: Giordano Bruno


Due to his similar appearance, he played the role of Kaiser Wilhelm II in two television films (1967): The Eulenburg Affair and The Flight to Holland .

Radio plays (selection)

Works (selection)

  • Knock twice. Comedy in 5 pictures. Leipzig 1941.
  • My unforgettable dream. Novel. Langen Müller, Munich 1988.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Knerger.de: The grave of Hans Caninenberg and Lola Müthel-Caninenberg
  2. Hans Caninenberg Archive Inventory overview on the website of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.
  3. Quoted from Anonymus: Actor Award for Caninenberg , Der Telegraf , July 17, 1962
  4. ^ SZ : "Actor Hans Caninenberg died" ( Memento from July 5, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), July 2, 2008