Horst Tappert (born May 26, 1923 in Elberfeld ; today Wuppertal , † December 13, 2008 in Planegg ) was a German actor . His best-known role was that of Chief Inspector Derrick in the TV crime series of the same name.
Tappert was born in 1923 as the son of a civil servant in what is now the Elberfeld district of Wuppertal . After elementary school he completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk from 1937 to 1940 . In 1940 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht .
At a later point in time Tappert was a soldier in the Waffen-SS and was initially deployed with an anti-aircraft unit in Arolsen and - like the creator of the later television series Derrick , Herbert Reinecker - with the SS Panzer Grenadier Division Totenkopf in the Soviet Union in 1943 ; In 1943 he was an SS grenadier .
Tappert himself said little about his life during the Second World War . In 1998 he stated in an interview that he first worked for the labor service and built roads in Russia, after which he was trained as a company paramedic.
After the war he lived in Graefelfing near Munich and was married to Ursula, nee Pistor, in third marriage from 1957. He had three children from his first two marriages. His hobbies included fishing and hunting . In 1990 Ursula and Horst Tappert received an offer from the municipality of Hamarøy ( Nordland , Norway ) for a free piece of land for a holiday home. His wife Ursula had attended the same drama school as Ellinor Hamsun , daughter of Knut Hamsun . Horst Tappert was also an avowed Hamsun reader. The Tapperts kept their holiday home until 2008, although they had not been able to visit it for several years.
Tappert died on December 13, 2008 at the age of 85 in a clinic in Planegg near Munich. His urn grave is in the Gräfelfing cemetery in the Munich district .
After returning from captivity, he introduced himself as an accountant at the newly opened Altmark Theater in Stendal (Saxony-Anhalt). He got to the local artistic director who persuaded him to work as an actor. In his first play he played the leading role of Dr. Striebel in Paul Helwig's comedy Honeymoon . From 1946 he received acting lessons from Paul Rose . Under him he gained his first stage experience in Köthen and at the State Theater Württemberg-Hohenzollern . 1947 Tappert was in Tübingen and for that of Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann , co-founded the theater company syndicate Freilichtspiele operates.
His further path led him to the Stadttheater Göttingen (1949–1950), the Staatstheater Kassel (1950–1951) and the Theater der Stadt Bonn (1951–1953) to the municipal theaters in Wuppertal and finally to the Munich Kammerspiele in 1956 . From 1967 Tappert worked as a freelance actor.
Radio, film and television
At the end of the 1950s, he first appeared in cinema and television films. However, he had his first (wordless and only seconds long) role as early as 1949 in gynecologist Dr. Praetorius . After the films The Trapp Family in America (1958) and The Angel Who Moved His Harp (1959), Tappert played a hotel detective in the television series Too Many Cooks (1961). Then he was seen as vicar in the six-part Durbridge - street sweeper Das Halstuch (1962) and in the same year played a crook in the Pater Brown film He can not help it next to Heinz Rühmann . His real breakthrough on television began in 1966 with the three-part crime thriller The Gentlemen ask for cash , in which he played the role of the mail robber boss Michael Donegan. In 1966, Tappert was once again on the side of the bad guys in the Jerry Cotton movie The Bill - Served Ice Cold .
In 1968 Tappert swam with the Edgar Wallace wave , first in The Dog of Blackwood Castle , and then switched from crook to law enforcement officer that same year and played Scotland Yard inspector Perkins twice , first in The Gorilla of Soho and then again in The Man with the Glass Eye (1969). For the ZDF Tappert played with in its first crime series, also in 1968 , the Crime Museum . In 1970 Tappert was again to be seen as an inspector in the "powder-dry Sittenreißer" (advertising line) Perrak . In 1971 Tappert was in the TV movie Yester - the name is right? to see, the title of which is reminiscent of the successful television series Graf Yoster is honored from 1967, but was shot based on an American detective novel.
In 1972 Tappert revived his role from The Gentlemen Ask To Cashier in the two-part television series Hoopers Last Hunt . Now his name was Michael Richardson, but he was basically the same gangster as the Gentlemen and was hunted again by the restless investigator from The Gentlemen .
When the producer Helmut Ringelmann was planning a new crime series, he remembered Tappert. Screenwriter Herbert Reinecker wrote the follow-up to the very successful crime series Der Kommissar , in which Tappert had already starred in 1970 and 1973. The new series was called Derrick and was supposed to show a different type of criminalist. From October 20, 1974, Tappert played the main role of Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick in the first episode Waldweg , who was joined as assistant Harry Klein (played by Fritz Wepper , taken directly from the series Der Kommissar ). Between 1973 and 1998 281 episodes of the series were filmed, which was not only a success with the German audience: It was broadcast in over 100 countries. As Stephan Derrick he was still in 2004 in the cartoon Derrick - The duty calls to hear.
From the mid-1950s, Tappert was also frequently used as a radio play speaker. He was featured in well over 100 radio plays in a wide variety of genres, mostly in leading or extended supporting roles. In 1962, he appeared in the multi-part SF radio play Terra Incognita as Dr. Gauge, an expert in very special criminal cases, together with his colleague Inspector Adams ( Heinz Schimmelpfennig ) on the hunt for eerie creatures that lived deep underground and fought against human attempts at atomic bombs.
As early as 1960 he played the title role in the play The Legend of the Holy Drinker , in 1968 he was seen as "Mackie Messer" in a radio play adaptation of the Threepenny Opera . He was also heard in the BR's only Paul Temple radio play from 1959, Paul Temple and the Conrad case .
After the start of the Derrick series, he seldom appeared on the radio as a speaker. In 1976 he spoke in the radio play The case of the commissioners also the role of the chief inspector. Domestic and foreign investigators appeared in this story, each voiced by their original actors and original voice actors.
After Tappert's membership in the Waffen SS became known in 2013, ZDF decided in 2016 not to broadcast any more repetitions of Derrick episodes.
Stage roles (selection)
- 1950: Gynecologist Dr. Praetorius (extra)
- 1957: Soledad
- 1958: The Alcestiad
- 1958: The bookmaker's daughter
- 1958: The Public Prosecutor
- 1958: Sister Bonaventure
- 1958: The recruitment
- 1958: The Trapp family in America
- 1958: heroes
- 1958: We child prodigies
- 1959: The angel who moved his harp
- 1959: Jacqueline
- 1959: The beautiful adventure
- 1959: Call without an echo
- 1959: Spanish legend
- 1958: That's it - is it like that?
- 1961: Invitation to the castle
- 1961: Too Many Cooks (TV series, 5 parts)
- 1961: Kiss me Katchen
- 1961: a beautiful day
- 1961: Nora
- 1961: overweight
- 1961: Amphitryon
- 1962: The Scarf (TV series, 6 parts)
- 1962: He can't help it
- 1962: The detour
- 1962: You revenge
- 1962: Snow White and the seven jugglers
- 1963: Getting married is always a risk
- 1963: Dr. Joanna Marlowe
- 1963: The fatal patent
- 1963: Two whiskeys and a sofa
- 1963: Leonce and Lena
- 1964: The man with the top hat
- 1964: Six people are looking for an author
- 1964: The observation tower
- 1964: The Trojan War does not take place
- 1964: Elektra
- 1965: The journey
- 1965: The spoiler - The short, disturbed life of Kaspar Hauser
- 1965: A pure skin
- 1965: Judith
- 1965: crime scene
- 1966: The gentlemen ask for cash (TV series, 3 parts)
- 1966: The really big thing
- 1966: The bill - served ice cold
- 1966: A day in Paris
- 1966: Poker game for four women (Carré de dames pour un as)
- 1966: The child thief
- 1966: The man from Melbourne
- 1966: Black Friday
- 1966: Jerry Cotton: The bill served ice cold
- 1966: On the reading stage of the literary magazines (TV series, 1 episode)
- 1966: The gentlemen ask for cash
- 1967: love for love
- 1967: A crack in the ice
- 1967: The Panama scandal
- 1967: the collection
- 1967: The great mail robbery
- 1967: is it good? - is he angry?
- 1967: Henry IV.
- 1968: Hot sand on Sylt
- 1968: The Dog from Blackwood Castle
- 1968: behind the walls
- 1968: The Soho Gorilla
- 1968: The crime museum - the tire track
- 1969: The man with the glass eye
- 1969: seven days deadline
- 1969: The most beautiful festival in the world
- 1969: Strange interlude
- 1969: Interview with History (TV series, 1 episode)
- 1968: The transplant
- 1970: industrial landscape with retailers (NDR, story of the demise of a Hamburg druggist, strongly influenced by the epic theater; see also: Kulenkampff's shoes , 2018)
- 1970: Perrak
- 1970: Mrs. Hyde
- 1970: The Commissioner - ... like wolves
- 1970: August the Strong - A whole people call him papa
- 1970: The devil came from Akasava
- 1971: And Jimmy went to the Rainbow
- 1971: Keep it clean, darling! (or: Rosy and the gentleman from Bonn )
- 1971: The captain
- 1971: Yester - isn't the name right?
- 1971: Second hand men
- 1971: She killed in ecstasy
- 1972: Soho's Death Avenger
- 1972: Hooper's Last Hunt (TV series, 2 parts)
- 1972: flowers of the community
- 1973: A woman remains a woman (TV series, 1 episode)
- 1973: Gabriel
- 1973: When Annemarie goes into the water - The strange experiences, memories and fantasies of Mr. T.
- 1973: Don't fall into Swan Lake
- 1973: The Commissioner - The night in which Basseck died
- 1974: plus minus zero
- 1974–1998: Derrick (crime series, 281 episodes)
- 1974: I was also only a mediocre student
- 1978: Our little world
- 1984: Cinématon
- 1997: RTL Saturday night
- 2000: The Cardinal - The Price of Love
- 2001: Around the world in 80 years
- 2003: heart without a crown
- 2004: Derrick - Duty calls (original voices by Tappert and Wepper)
|1957||The Rico brothers||Joe||Leonard Steckel|
|1958||The song of the barrel organ||host||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1959||Paul Temple and the Conrad case||Mr. Günther, hotelier||Willy Purucker|
|1959||Peter Voss, the millionaire thief||Lawyer||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1960||The transport||Gerlach Fiedler|
|1960||Winter trip||man||Fritz Schröder-Jahn|
|1960||Have appeared to the reception||John Heath||Fritz Schröder-Jahn|
|1960||The Käthchen von Heilbronn (The Trial by Fire)||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1960||The legend of the holy drinker||The drinker||Raoul Wolfgang Schnell|
|1960||The rainbow from the sphere||August Everding|
|1961||The song of songs||The managing director||Oswald Döpke|
|1961||Fisher boys||August Everding|
|1962||Sherlock Holmes relaxes||Cunningham||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1962||The yellow crocodile||August Everding|
|1962||Guests from Germany||Grandpierre, community secretary||Fritz Schröder-Jahn|
|1962||An elephant from Cartagena||Otto Kurth|
|1962||Terra Incognita||Dr. Andrew Gauge||Wilm ten Haaf|
|1963||Silver ray||Colonel Ross||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1963||The lady of the camellias||Baron of Varville||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1964||The trial of the donkey's shadow||Physignatus attorney||Otto Kurth|
|1965||Allow me, my name is Cox : Drumming is part of the trade||Don Alvarez Quinto|
|1965||The secret agreement||Wilm ten Haaf|
|1965||The Miss von Scuderi||king||Edmund Steinberger|
|1965||Buddenbrooks||Christian Buddenbrook||Wolfgang Liebeneiner|
|1965||The murder on Rue Morgue||Monsieur Auguste Dupin||Edmund Steinberger|
|1965||The bells of Bicêtre||Andoire||Gert Westphal|
|1965||A five-mark piece called Müller||death||Karl Wittlinger|
|1966||Prince and beggar boy||teller||Jan Alverdes|
|1967||The information||Information officer||Paul Portner|
|1968||The Threepenny Opera||Mackie knife||Ulrich Lauterbach|
|1968||The gentlemen ask for cash||Sándor Ferenczy|
|1969||The attack||Strunz||Peter Michel Ladiges|
|1970||Lost illusions||Baron du Chatelet||Fritz Schröder-Jahn|
|1970||Travel description||professor||Raoul Wolfgang Schnell|
|1971||The horse thieves in Arkansas||Rawson||Jan Alverdes|
|1971||Deadly experiment||Duncan Fleet||Karl Ebert|
|1971||The snake's nest||Ralph Cherril||Fritz Schröder-Jahn|
|1972||Nora or a doll's house||Dr. Rank||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1972||The last hard bill||Pepe Zantoza||Heinz-Günter Stamm|
|1974||Fathers and sons||Pavel Kirsanov||Gert Westphal|
|1976||The case of the commissioners||Chief Inspector Derrick||Günther Sauer|
|1977||How was the film, tell us||Heiner Schmidt|
|1978||Do you think Constanze is doing the right thing?||Günther Sauer|
|1996||To the last flap||Chief Inspector Derrick||Caroline Draber|
Prizes and awards
- 1979: Bambi
- 1980: Honorary Commissioner of the Bavarian Police
- 1981: Golden Camera in the category of the most popular crime hero (1st place in the HÖRZU readers' choice)
- 1984: Golden Camera, Austria
- 1986: Telegatto , Italian television award
- 1988: Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
- 1995: Silver Tulip , Dutch TV Award
- 1996: Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
- 1997: Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class
- 1998: Telestar for Lifetime Achievement, given by mail robber Bruce Reynolds
- 1998: Platinum Romy for life's work
- 2002: Willy Brandt Prize from the Norwegian-German Willy Brandt Foundation
- 2003: Bavarian Television Award (special award)
- Derrick and me. My two lives. Heyne, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-453-15000-7 ; ibid. 1999, ISBN 3-453-16162-9
- Katrin Hampel: The Derrick Book. Everything about the most successful German crime series. Henschel, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-89487-313-2 .
- Wolfgang Bittner & Mark vom Hofe: "You are not beautiful enough for your job". Horst Tappert . In: I have become a public person. Personalities from film and television . Horlemann Verlag, Bad Honnef 2009, ISBN 978-3-89502-277-7 .
- Rolf Aurich: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 25, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-428-11206-7 , p. 787 f. ( ). In:
- Literature by and about Horst Tappert in the catalog of the German National Library
- Horst Tappert in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Horst Tappert died at the age of 85 , obituary in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung , December 15, 2008
- Indistinguishable Derrick: Good-bye, Mr. Gentleman: Horst Tappert is dead , obituary by Christian Schröder in the Tagesspiegel , December 16, 2008
- "I am against everything that is not male" , Interview with Bettina Stiekel & Jan Weiler in the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin , 1996 (republished on December 16, 2008)
- New details about Horst Tappert in SS RP Online , August 21, 2013
- Kulenkampff's shoes . Documentation, Germany 2018, 92 minutes, script and direction: Regina Schilling. Created on behalf of the SWR.
- Film clip from gynecologist Dr. Prätorius (Video, YouTube, posted April 18, 2014, accessed October 3, 2019)
- Hanns-Georg Rodek : Herbert Reinecker: Derrick and his creator, the SS officer . In: The world . September 15, 2011.
- Andreas Platthaus : Derrick's background: Horst Tappert was with the Waffen-SS . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . April 26, 2013, p. 39.
- Florian Stark: Contemporary history: "Derrick" Horst Tappert was with the Waffen-SS. In: welt.de . April 26, 2013, accessed October 7, 2018 .
- Susanne Stampf-Sedlitzky : Modern Life: Senior Inspector a. D. In: Focus . No. 2, January 5, 1998
- Christian Wohlt, Arno Zähringer: Stendal - springboard for "Derrick". In: az-online.de. April 30, 2013, accessed May 1, 2013 .
- Interview with Horst Tappert: The Last Derrick ( Memento from January 28, 2010 in the Internet Archive ). In: DigitalVD , 1997.
- mirror: quotes . In: Der Spiegel . tape 42 , October 12, 1998 ( spiegel.de [accessed January 4, 2019]).
- Susanne Lysvold: "Derrick" selger hytta. September 24, 2008, accessed January 4, 2019 (nb-NO).
- "Derrick" actor: Horst Tappert is dead . In: Spiegel Online . December 15, 2008
- tz.de : Tappert's funeral in Graefelfing , accessed on March 25, 2014
- Klaus Nerger: Grave of Horst Tappert
- Susanne Beyer: His name was Derrick, in: Der Spiegel 50/1997, accessed on May 16, 2013.
- tagesspiegel.de , July 22, 2016
- Merit holders since 1986. State Chancellery of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, accessed on March 11, 2017 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German actor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 26, 1923|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Elberfeld|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 13, 2008|
|Place of death||Planegg|