Joachim Fuchsberger

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Joachim Fuchsberger (2008)

Joachim Karl "Blacky" Fuchsberger (born March 11, 1927 in Stuttgart ; † September 11, 2014 in Grünwald ) was a German actor , voice actor , audio book speaker , songwriter and entertainer .

Over a period of around 60 years, the actor appeared in over 80 films and television series. He became famous, among other things, through his appearances in the Edgar Wallace film series from the 1960s, in which he often played an inspector for Scotland Yard . In addition, he was successful as a showmaster with programs such as The Hot Wire , Auf Los geht's los and Teut'abend . For his life's work he was awarded the Golden Camera , the German Television Prize and a Bambi .



Joachim Fuchsberger's father Wilhelm was a trained typesetter and worked as a Linotype representative for the Mergenthaler typesetting machine factory in Berlin . Joachim Fuchsberger grew up in Heidelberg and Düsseldorf with two younger brothers and attended secondary school and grammar school after various elementary schools. As a child, Fuchsberger was a member of the Hitler Youth . At the beginning of the war he was twelve years old; as a pupil he was obliged to do the Reich Labor Service . He never graduated from high school.

At the end of the war, Fuchsberger was trained as a paratrooper at the diving school in Wittstock . Because of his knowledge of judo (Fuchsberger was the holder of the 1st  Dan ), the then 16-year-old was appointed close combat instructor after only six months . He was deployed on the Eastern Front, was sent to the hospital in Stralsund and was first captured by the Soviets, then by the US and finally by British prisoners of war.

The nickname "Blacky" comes from this time. His usage name at the time was "Jackie", which a French-speaking friend accidentally pronounced Blacky . Fuchsberger said in an interview in 2007 that, regardless of the first version, he was given the same name during his time with Bayerischer Rundfunk , when he moderated a show in a drunk state as a substitute spokesman and the program director had then warned him not to show any blackies ( Black & White whiskey ).

post war period

After the war, Fuchsberger worked underground for about four months in 1946 at the König Ludwig colliery in Recklinghausen . In this way he was able to get out of British captivity in Schleswig-Holstein and get closer to his family in Düsseldorf. He then worked as a fitter of typesetting and printing machines in his father's company and finally as an employee in the chemical graphics department of a publishing house in Düsseldorf. In 1949 he became the advertising manager of the German Building Exhibition in Nuremberg . From 1950 to 1952 he was a radio broadcaster for the Munich broadcaster and newsreel speaker. He was also active as a lyricist (for example for Udo Jürgens ' compositions What I want to tell you and The big farewell ).

In 1951 he married the pop singer Gitta Lind . After two and a half years, the couple divorced and in 1954 he married the actress Gundula Korte , daughter of Robert Kothe .

Acting career

Joachim Fuchsberger (left) with Horst Tappert , Hilde Brand, director Alfred Vohrer and Konrad Georg ; 1969

After minor supporting roles, Fuchsberger's film career began in 1954 as a leading actor in the three-part 08/15 . His portrayal of the cunning Private Asch, who eventually made it to the rank of lieutenant in the Wehrmacht , made him popular overnight. After that he was seen several times as a uniform in war films such as The Green Devils of Monte Cassino or as a lover in typical local films . In the 1960s he became a movie star as an inspector in several Edgar Wallace films and other crime novels. During this time he proved to be the ideal cast for intrepid criminal hunters and trustworthy protectors of persecuted women.

In the Edgar Wallace films he played the young hobby detective Richard Gordon in The Frog with the Mask (1959), in The Gang of Secrets (1960) Chief Inspector Long, in The Dead Eyes of London (1961) Inspector Larry Holt, in Das Secret of the Yellow Daffodils (1961) Insurance agent Jack Tarling, in The Strange Countess (1961) Inspector Mike Dorn, in The Inn on the Thames (1962) Inspector Wade of the River Police, in The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1962/1963) the rich Clifford Lynne, in The Black Abbot (1963) the estate manager Dick Alford, in Room 13 (1963/1964) investigator Johnny Gray, in The Witcher (1964), The Monk with the Whip (1967) and Under the Spell of the Eerie (1968) both Inspector Higgins and Inspector Barth in The Secret of the Green Pin (1971).

In 1961 he played alongside Heinz Klevenow as Archie Goodwin in the five-part television film Too Many Cooks . In 2007 he took part in the Edgar Wallace parody Neues vom Wixxer . In films that were distributed in English-speaking countries, he was often called "Joachim Berger" in the credits . Until his death, Fuchsberger played regularly in the theater, among others with his colleague Ralf Bauer .

From actor to presenter

At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich , Fuchsberger was the stadium announcer during the opening and closing ceremonies in the Olympic Stadium . At the closing ceremony on September 11, 1972, a few days after the Olympic attack on the Israeli team, he was informed that a terrorist attack with a passenger plane approaching the Olympic Stadium might be imminent. The organizers let him decide on the evacuation of the Olympic Stadium. Fuchsberger decided not to inform the audience about the incident, which later turned out to be inaccurate, because he feared a mass panic.

From 1973 to 1975 Fuchsberger moderated eight episodes of the television show The Hot Wire , the last of which was dedicated to the International Year of Women . In 1978 Fuchsberger was bitten by a chimpanzee on a television show as part of a circus act . He then fell ill with hepatitis B and spent four months in the isolation ward of a hospital, whereupon he went, as he later reported, "through a deep valley of depression ". However, he survived the disease without permanent health damage.

Fuchsberger moderated several television shows (including Auf Los geht's los , 1977–1986) and the ARD talk show Heut 'Abend (1980–1991), in which he asked a prominent contemporary 300 times about his life. Over time, he was able to afford to turn down offers for acting roles and programs, and criticized the increasing superficiality and deterioration in quality on television.

Conversely, Fuchsberger did not cope with the increasing criticism of his program Auf Los geht's los . Among other things, he defended Erich von Däniken and the then 15-year-old Désirée Nosbusch , both of whom were guests on his show, against objections from the audience (“I don't let any of my guests offend!”). After some severe criticism of his moderation, he temporarily retired to Hobart , Australia, at the end of the 1980s , where he had another residence since 1983.

In 1990 he took on another television show. After Robert Lembke's death in 1989, Was bin ich? free. Fuchsberger filled this gap with his Yes or No quiz , in which four celebrities had to guess the secrets of the guests. From 1988 to 2003 Fuchsberger made 20 films for Bayerischer Rundfunk as part of the Terra Australis series of reports , in which he portrayed the people and landscapes of his adopted home.

further activities

Fuchsberger also had success as a hit writer. His songs Flowers for the Lady , which he wrote for his first wife Gitta Lind, stand out , What I want to tell you , The big farewell , See it snowing and then it may be that a man cries once ( sung by Udo Jürgens ) . He also wrote the text for the club song of the Stuttgarter Kickers and for songs by Howard Carpendale and Jürgen Marcus . At the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson in 1957 , he announced the German points.

At the end of the 1960s, Fuchsberger and a partner founded a real estate company, which, however, quickly became insolvent. At the age of 42 he had lost all of his fortune, had to sell his villa and was sitting on a mountain of debts, which among other things arose from the recourse claims of injured customers. With the help of his wife Gundula, who led the lawsuit for him at the time, the support of friends and tireless work, however, he settled his debts and started a new life.

In 1984 he became the first German ambassador for UNICEF . On November 13, 2006, he received the Bavarian State Medal for Social Services for this activity in Munich . In 2011 he was made an honorary ambassador for the Children's Fund.

Fuchsberger has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 since 2009 and, along with OC President Steffi Jones, patron of the volunteer program for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011.


Until his death, Fuchsberger was supported by his wife Gundula, who worked for him as a manager and producer. His son Thomas (1957-2010), composer and music producer, also helped him with the production of numerous television reports. On October 14, 2010 Thomas Fuchsberger drowned as a result of hypoglycemia in the Mühlbach von Kulmbach .

Fuchsberger had already left the church during his time as a soldier and has been an agnostic ever since .

In 2003 Fuchsberger suffered a minor stroke on stage . At that time he had already had three heart operations behind him. On June 4, 2013, he suffered a second stroke. He died on September 11, 2014 at the age of 87 in his home in Grünwald near Munich. His last great wish to experience the Diamond Wedding with his wife Gundula in December 2014 was no longer fulfilled. In addition to family and friends, Frank Elstner , Franz Beckenbauer , Oliver Kalkofe , Markus Lanz , Uschi Glas and IOC President Thomas Bach took part in a memorial service in Grünwald on September 22, 2014 . Fuchsberger was buried next to his son Thomas on September 24th in the Grünwald forest cemetery.


Fuchsberger developed a great passion for the Australian island of Tasmania , where he spent a lot of time. In 1999 he was named an “Honorary Ambassador for Tourism” by the Tasmanian Prime Minister for his services, and in 2007 he and his wife Gundula received Australian citizenship.

In legal teaching, one case is named after Fuchsberger, the so-called "Fuchsberger case". This dealt with a lawsuit by Fuchsberger against an optician who had used a picture of him for advertising purposes without his consent (BGH, judgment of April 14, 1992 - VI ZR 285/91).

Fuchsberger was an honorary inspector at Scotland Yard , the French Sûreté and the Bavarian criminal police .


movie theater

watch TV

Television shows

Series of reports

  • 1988–2005: Terra Australis (reports from his second home, Australia)


  • 2007: Joachim Fuchsberger tells ... (Documentation in the Joachim Fuchsberger tells about the beginnings of his career, the great days of German film and several colleagues) - Concept, direction and production: Eckhart Schmidt
  • 2012: Legends: Joachim Fuchsberger (ARD)
  • 2014: Joachim "Blacky" Fuchsberger (alternative title: Farewell to Joachim Fuchsberger) - Documentation by Klaus Ickert
  • 2014: Joachim Fuchsberger - A portrait


  • 2002: Der Priestermacher ( Mass Appeal ) by Bill C. Davis - with Ralf Bauer , director: Helmuth Fuschl

Radio plays

  • 1954: Rolf Olsen : Kurt Wilhelm: Kathi und das Geisterhaus - A wild incident - Director: Kurt Wilhelm (Mundarthörspiel - BR )
  • 1963: Alfred Andersch : Vergebliche Brautschau - Pictures from the life of a playboy (Christoph) - Director: Gerd Beermann ( SWF / RB )



Audio books



  • Klaus Ernst (KKM): The resurrection of Joachim Fuchsberger and a foray through imperial Austria. In: People and Media. Journal for cultural and communication psychology. Berlin 2002,

Web links

Commons : Joachim Fuchsberger  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Joachim Fuchsberger. Munzinger-Archiv GmbH, Ravensburg, March 10, 2015, accessed on May 5, 2019 .
  2. a b Cf. Sit, Six! - School stories from Germany (1/3). Lost childhood . Documentary by Dora Heinze on behalf of SWR. German premiere on December 8, 2005
  3. What I want to tell you at
  4. The big farewell , at
  5. a b Joachim Fuchsberger biography at Who's Who
  6. Big Saturday evening show with Joachim Fuchsberger, German first broadcast on ARD on December 1, 1973, last edition April 5, 1975 (television dictionary by Michael Reufsteck and Stefan Niggemeier)
  7. ^ SWF talk show "The Hot Wire" (moderated by Joachim Fuchsberger) on YouTube
  8. Olympia's German voice has fallen silent: Joachim Fuchsberger died at the age of 87
  9. “Blacky” Fuchsberger named Unicef ​​honorary ambassador , Hamburger Abendblatt dated February 4, 2011
  10. Kick-off for “Volunteers 2011” , of October 23, 2009
  11. “Blacky” Fuchsberger mourns his son , from October 15, 2010
  12. Joachim Fuchsberger: "I believe in a lot: I am an agnostic." ( Memento from September 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) in the ARD broadcast Maischberger from January 18, 2011: Getting old is fun? All lie! 49th minute, on
  13. Marina Antonioni: Wife reports from the last few hours: Gundula Fuchsberger: "He slept wonderfully". In: Focus Online . September 11, 2014, accessed October 14, 2018 .
  14. TV legend: Joachim Fuchsberger is dead. Spiegel Online , accessed on September 11, 2014 .
  15. funeral for Joachim Fuchsberger - Blacky's last show, accessed on September 23, 2014
  16. ^ The grave of Joachim and Thomas Fuchsberger
  17. Fuchs Berger biography at
  18. Blacky Fuchsberger: Bye-bye Australia! Report in the Munich daily tz from March 7, 2009, accessed on April 26, 2020
  19. ^ "Fuchsberger case" ( Memento from March 21, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  20. Interview with Joachim Fuchsberger in: The Curse of the Yellow Snake , DVD, UFA Home Entertainment 2006
  21. Joachim “Blacky” Fuchsberger - born 1927 ( Memento from March 22, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) in the series Kriegskinder