Hans Thimig

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Hans Emil Thimig (born July 23, 1900 in Vienna ; † February 17, 1991 ibid) was an Austrian actor and director.


The youngest child of the castle actor Hugo Thimig and his wife Franziska (according to the tombstone: Fanny; née Hummel; 1867–1944) played at the Vienna Volkstheater at the age of sixteen under the pseudonym Hans Werner . His siblings Helene Thimig and Hermann Thimig , eleven and ten years older, were also actors; Helene used the pseudonym Helene Werner at times.

From 1918 to 1924 he was engaged at the Burgtheater under his real name and then went to the Theater in der Josefstadt , which his later brother-in-law Max Reinhardt directed. In addition to his father, his siblings Helene and Hermann also played there, so that the theater was only called "Thimig Theater" by the Viennese audience at the time. He soon began to direct, first at the theater in der Josefstadt, and later also with film.

Hans Thimig remained loyal to the theater in der Josefstadt until 1942. It is thanks to him that the house survived the National Socialist era relatively “Nazi” (Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels : “A concentration camp on vacation”); Hans Thimig succeeded in getting the director of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, Heinz Hilpert , to also take over this directorship (Reinhardt had also managed both houses at the same time). When Max Reinhardt died in exile in America in 1943, Hilpert and the Thimig brothers organized a funeral service in the theater in der Josefstadt despite the Nazi rule.

At the end of 1944, Hans Thimig was asked to shoot a tendentious film in Berlin. Wien-Film production manager Karl Hartl advised Thimig, however, to "just run away", which he did. He retired to Wildalpen in Styria , where the Thimig family owned a summer house, and was covered by Karl Hartl, who reported him sick. After the war, Hans Thimig became mayor of Wildalpen for a short time, as he was considered the only man in the village without a National Socialist past.

From 1949 he continued to play at the Burgtheater (of which he became an honorary member), at the Josefstadt and at the Vienna Volkstheater . He also worked as a film director again and in 1959 took over the management of the renowned Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna from his sister Helene (who retired for reasons of age) . The acting department of the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna was renamed in honor of the great Austrian director after the Second World War.

1952–1960, Thimig appeared acoustically as the father of the family, Hans Floriani, in the very popular “radio family” , on which Ingeborg Bachmann also worked at the beginning ; his wife Vilma played his sister-in-law Vilma Degischer .

He was married twice, his first marriage from 1929 to the actress Christl Mardayn . In 1945 he married Helene Rauch, from this connection come the daughters Heidemarie and Henriette Thimig , who both also became actresses.

Hans Thimig died in Vienna in 1991 at the age of 90. He left his body to the Anatomical Institute of the University of Vienna for scientific purposes. Memorials in Vienna's Central Cemetery are dedicated to the dead who dedicated their bodies in this way (here: New Anatomy Graves, Group 26).


  • Hans Thimig: Curious how I am. Memories. Amalthea, Vienna et al. 1983, ISBN 3-85002-182-3 .
  • Arthur Kahane : The Thimigs. Theater as the fate of a family. Erich Weibezahl, Leipzig 1930.
  • Franz Hadamowsky (Ed.): Hugo Thimig tells of his life and the theater of his time. Letters and diary notes. Böhlau, Graz et al. 1962.
  • Gwendolyn von Ambesser : The rats enter the sinking ship. The absurd life of the actor Leo Reuss. Edition AV, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 3-936049-47-5 .

Filmography (selection)

Silent movies:

  • 1921: Clothes make the man
  • 1921/22: The good-for-nothing
  • 1922: The excursion to bliss
  • 1922: Fairy tales from Old Vienna
  • 1924: The slave queen
  • 1924: the curse
  • 1925: love stories
  • 1927: The cherries in the neighbor's garden / The route
  • 1928: A woman of stature
  • 1928: Dorine and chance
  • 1929: The white night
  • 1930: what does love cost?

Sound films:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Thimig: Curious how I am. Memories. Amalthea, Vienna 1983 . Retrieved September 10, 2017.