Jürgen Holtz

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Jürgen Holtz (born August 10, 1932 in Berlin ; † June 21, 2020 there ) was a German actor and visual artist.


Jürgen Holtz attended the Humboldt Oberschule in Berlin-Tegel in 1943, the Oberschule in Neustadt bei Coburg from 1943 to 1945 , the Humboldt Oberschule in Berlin from 1945 to 1948, then in 1948/1949 the school farm Insel Scharfenberg in Berlin-Tegel and then the boarding school in Döllnkrug (1949) and Himmelpfort (1949–1952), also known as “Ost-Scharfenberg” . From 1952 to 1955 he studied acting at the German Theater Institute Weimar and its successor, the Leipzig Theater Academy , and completed his studies with the state examination. He then received his first theater engagements in Erfurt (1955–1957) and in Brandenburg an der Havel (1957–1960). From 1960 to 1964 he worked at the theater in Greifswald before he got an engagement at the East Berlin Volksbühne on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in 1964 . From 1966 to 1974, Holtz then played for almost eight years at the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin. His most important roles in the 1960s, directed by Benno Besson, included the title role in the world premiere of Moritz Tassow by Peter Hacks (1966) and Angelo in Adolf Dresen's production of Shakespeare's Maß für Maß (1968).

In 1974 Holtz went to the Berliner Ensemble and played the servant Jean in August Strindberg's Fraulein Julie after only a few performances until the production was banned . After returning to the Volksbühne (1977) and making guest appearances in Hamburg and Bochum , he left the GDR in 1983 after an extension of the visa for work on Heiner Müller's drama The Order , directed by the author, was refused in Bochum even after a year of waiting. He played at the Munich Residenztheater until 1985 and received long-term engagements at the Schauspielhaus in Frankfurt am Main in the 1980s and 1990s . In 1993 he was voted actor of the year by the theater magazine Theater heute for his portrayal in Rainald Goetz 'play Katarakt .

In 1994 he played a sports teacher in the third season of the ZDF series Our Teacher Doctor Specht , which plays on the school farm Insel Scharfenberg, which he visited himself in his youth. From 1995 he was employed again at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, and from 2000 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim . In the 2000s he played regularly with the Berliner Ensemble, in 2007 the role of Buttler in the Wallenstein production by Peter Stein , then the Peachum in Robert Wilson's production of the Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht .

In addition to his theater work, Holtz also frequently worked for radio, film and television. In western Germany he was best known to a wider audience as the whiner Motzki in the ARD series of the same name from 1993. In the movie Good Bye, Lenin! he appeared in a supporting role. In 2012 he worked as a narrator in the radio play Ulysses based on James Joyce . In 2018 he gave voice and weight to the poet of the Pisaner Cantos in the radio play by Hessischer Rundfunk and DLF-Kultur Cantos by Ezra Pound in the staging by Christian Bertram. Most recently, at the age of 86, Holtz played in the six-hour production Galileo Galilei from January 2019 . The theater and the plague by Frank Castorf at the Berliner Ensemble starring the astronomer Galileo Galilei .

Jürgen Holtz was married and had a daughter. He died in June 2020 at the age of 87 years at a cancer .

Filmography (selection)


Exhibitions as a visual artist

  • 2017: Jürgen Holtz. Drawings, watercolors, characters in writing - July 15 to September 23, 2017. Galerie Bernet Bertram, Berlin
  • 2019: Paths of Abstraction . Group exhibition with Rolf Behm, Jürgen Holtz, Mathias Wild, Li Zhi - February 9 to March 23, 2019. Galerie Bernet Bertram, Berlin
  • 2020: Kaspar, doll, crocodile . Satires, caricatures, abstractions. Solo exhibition June 13 to September 5, 2020, Galerie Bernet Bertram, Berlin

Radio plays

Audio book



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Michael Laages: On the death of Jürgen Holtz - An unruly spirit - in search of truth. In: Deutschlandfunk Kultur . June 21, 2020, accessed June 21, 2020 .
  2. a b c Ulrich Seidler: Obituary: Berlin actor Jürgen Holtz died. In: Berliner Zeitung . June 21, 2020, accessed June 21, 2020 .
  3. ^ Ingrid Kirschey-FeixHoltz, Jürgen . In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 1. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 .
  4. Anke Dürr: Castorf premiere in Berlin: It robs us of our minds. In: Spiegel Online . January 20, 2019, accessed January 23, 2019 . Berliner Ensemble: Castorf stages Brecht's “Galileo Galilei”. In: stern.de . January 20, 2019, archived from the original on January 23, 2019 ; accessed on January 23, 2019 .
  5. Berlin Theater Prize to actor Jürgen Holtz , focus.de, March 5, 2013
  6. Jürgen Holtz (Exhibition) July 15 to 29, 2017 August 22 to September 23, 2017: Drawings / caricatures and characters and watercolors. Galerie Bernet Bertram, accessed on June 21, 2020 . Marleen Stoessel: Jürgen Holtz Exhibition: Five Lines, One Universe. In: Tagesspiegel.de . August 23, 2017, accessed June 21, 2020 .
  7. ^ Ulrich Seidler: Childlike amazement and horror. The new pictures of the actor Jürgen Holtz. In: Berliner Zeitung, June 15, 2020.