Harry Hindemith

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Harry Hindemith (1950)

Harry Hindemith (born June 16, 1906 in Brussels , † January 21, 1973 in East Berlin ) was a German actor .


After finishing secondary school, the working-class son studied at the music academies in Mannheim and Karlsruhe. Since 1925 he was a member of the KJVD , since 1928 of the KPD . He took acting lessons from Hans Finohr in Würzburg and made his stage debut at the Stadttheater Würzburg in 1930.

After the seizure of power by the Nazis, he was briefly detained and subject to a performance limitation. In 1937 he joined the NSDAP and played at the State Theater in Allenstein and at the Wuppertal Municipal Theaters . He made his first film appearance in the role of a reporter in the propaganda film Junge Adler .

After the end of the war he worked first at the Rostock Theater and from 1945 at the Deutsches Theater Berlin , where he worked as Saladin alongside Paul Wegener in the opening production of Nathan the Wise . Mostly he acted as a worker in contemporary socialist pieces. In 1954 he moved to the Volksbühne , where he was seen in the title role in Schiller's Wilhelm Tell (1955), as old Miller in Kabale und Liebe , Talbot in Maria Stuart and Großbauer in Erich Köhler's Der Geist von Cranitz (1972). At the Maxim Gorki Theater in 1957 he was on the stage as cardsharps Satin in night asylum .

Hindemith, since 1945 again a member of the KPD and later a member of the SED , became known as a film actor in 1946 through the lead role in the homecoming film Irgendwo in Berlin . Even after that he was mostly a worker actor, often only in relatively small roles. Later he sometimes also embodied negatively drawn characters like the master in The Best Years (1965).

In total, he was in front of the camera in around 80 feature and television films. For several years he was first chairman of the club for filmmakers and Berlin chairman of the art union.

Harry Hindemith died at the age of 66 and is buried in the French Cemetery in Berlin.

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Web links

Commons : Harry Hindemith  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. knerger.de: Harry Hindemith's grave