Herbert Weissbach

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Herbert Weißbach (born November 12, 1901 in Bernburg (Saale) ; † October 13, 1995 in Berlin ) was a German actor , cabaret artist , radio play and voice actor .


The son of a senior engineer initially took private acting lessons and then spent his time as a volunteer at the Altenburg State Theater . In 1921 he made his stage debut at the Schauspielhaus Leipzig as Chevalier Damartin in Rudolf Presber's Liselotte von der Pfalz . Stage engagements in Leipzig, Dresden, Mannheim, Berlin (including Hebbel am Ufer ) and at the Millowitsch Theater in Cologne followed. In addition, he worked as a freelance actor on various stages under the direction of Rudolf Noelte .

Together with Richard Tauber , the trained operetta singer Weißbach also gave guest appearances in The Hague, Amsterdam, London and Paris. He also took part in cabaret programs from 1934 (for example Ulenspiegel ).

Weißbach's grave in the Wilmersdorf cemetery

Weissbach made his film debut in 1935 in Géza from Bolváry's drama Stradivari . In his almost 60-year career, Weißbach appeared in over 170 film and television productions in a wide variety of genres. He mostly played funny and quirky characters. He played in Reinhold Schünzel's Amphitryon - Luck Comes Out of the Clouds (1935), alongside Heinrich George in Casilla's sensational trial (1939), in Helmut Käutner's drama Romance in Moll (1943), in Robert A. Stemmle's post-war comedy Berliner Ballade (1948), in Slatan Dudow's drama Our Daily Bread ( DEFA , 1949), alongside Hans Albers in The Great Bomberg (1957), in Kurt Hoffmann's Dürrenmatt film Die Ehe des Herr Mississippi (1961), in Harald Reinl's science fiction thriller Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse (1961), in the Günter Grass film adaptation of Katz und Maus (1967), in Otto Waalkes ' Otto - The Film (1985) and directed by Andrzej Wajda in Rolf Hochhuth's Eine Liebe in Deutschland (1983). In 1987 he was awarded the Gold Film Ribbon for his services to the film .

Weissbach was also a frequent guest in television productions. He worked in films in the series Stahlnetz and The Despicable One as well as in series such as Derrick , Tatort and The Fast Gerdi . Even at the ripe old age of over 90, he regularly played character roles in television series such as Der Landarzt , Lindenstraße and Praxis Bülowbogen or in the Christmas series Ron and Tanja .

In addition, Weißbach worked extensively as a voice actor since 1937 and lent his distinctive voice to Lew Ayres ( The Battle for the Planet of the Apes ), Joe E. Brown ( A total, totally crazy world ), Will Geer ( Storm over Washington ) , Wilfrid, among others Hyde-White ( Battlestar Galactica ) , Spike Milligan (Three Foreign Legionnaires) and the dwarf sleepyhead (in the original: Pinto Colvig ) in the Disney cartoon classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (German version from 1966). He has appeared in numerous radio plays (including in the Professor van Dusen series )

Herbert Weißbach rests in the Wilmersdorf cemetery in Berlin.


Synchronous rollers (selection)

actor Film / series role
Arthur Hunnicutt Cat Ballou - You should hang out in Wyoming Butch Cassidy
Arthur Malet Mary Poppins Mr. Dawes Jr.
Carmen Filpi Cagney & Lacey (TV series) Homeless man
Cecil Kellaway Orchid, the gangster brother (Synchro 1979) Brother Goodwin
Charles Lane Aristocats George Hautecourt
Dharmadasa Kuruppu Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Village chief
Dick Emery Yellow Submarine Lord Mayor
Doodles weaver Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series) Gregg
Starsky and Hutch (TV series) Eddie Hoyle
Ernest Anderson Curtain up! Porter
Eugenio Galadini Lanky Fellow - The Lone Avenger old man
Geo Georgey Love in the south Cabassus
George Clutesi The Prophecy M'Rai
George "Gabby" Hayes Hero of the Prairie (2nd Synchro) Breezy
Hank Bell San Francisco Lilly Hank
Hank Worden MacLintock Curly Fletcher
Henri Piccoli The big eat Hector
Don't Touch the White Woman (Synchro 1989) Sitting Bull's father
Herbert Weissbach Time to live and time to die Heinz
In the steel network of Dr. Mabuse Coroner
The dissolute life of the Marquis de Sade M. de Montreuil
Hubert Deschamps French Can Can Garcon Isidore
James Whitmore Asphalt jungle Gus Minissi
Jan de Koning Damn Amsterdam Tinus
Jester Hairston Alamo Jethro
Joe Rice Barfly Old drunkard
Leonard Carey Dangerous love Chauffeur Jim (Eric)
the beast Butler steven
Lucien Callamand The case of Dr. Laurent ( FRG - Synchro) Headmaster Bertrand
Norman Ainsley Escape from Paris (Synchro 1952) coachman
Peter Brocco Death comes quietly Old man in the police station
Pierre Berlin Babette goes to war duke
Pietro Tordi Momo Uncle Ettore
Pinto Colvig Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2nd Synchro 1966) Sleepyhead
Pinuccio Ardia A hallelujah for Camposanto Arms dealer
Ray Bolger The magical land Hunk / scarecrow
Redd Foxx When night falls in Manhattan Uncle budd
Roger Carel Lucky Luke - His greatest trick Matthew Bones
Spike Milligan Three foreign legionaries Crumble
The crazy story of the world Monsieur Rimbaud
Sterling Holloway Won Ton Ton, the dog who saved Hollywood old man on the bus
Ted Carroll Flash Gordon Biro
Will Geer Storm over Washington Senator Warren Strickland
Will Wright Little brave Jo Shopkeeper
Vengeance Valley Mr. Willoughby

Radio plays (selection)



  • Hermann J. Huber: Langen-Müller's Actor Lexicon of the Present: Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Langen-Müller, Munich-Vienna 1986, ISBN 3-7844-2058-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Uwe Bolick: The Van Dusen Handbook. Retrieved May 31, 2017 .
  2. German synchronous files. In: www.synchronkartei.de. Retrieved September 16, 2016 .