In August 1957 he moved to Hamburg with his parents, the Austrian actor Hans Less and the German actress Sigrid Roth . There he graduated from high school in 1975 and then studied art history, history and archeology at the University of Hamburg . He started in 1987 with a thesis on reconstruction and new building planning in Hamburg from 1945 to 1950, urban development continuity or change? PhD .
After graduating, he worked as an editor for the travel departments for Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag . Interested in film and film history since his youth, he also wrote reports on this topic for Hörzu and Die Welt am Sonntag .
In 1993 he left the world on Sunday and has since worked on research into film history. He had already started a collection of material on this topic in the early 1970s. On the basis of the research, he published his eight-volume standard work Das Großes Personenlexikon des Films in 2001 . With its 6100 entries, it is the most comprehensive biographical reference work in this subject area.
The following lexical works by Weniger dealt with the impact of National Socialist politics on film, theater and music artists. While the volume Between the Stage and Barracks, published in 2008, portrayed the victims of this policy living in the sphere of influence of the Nazi regime, the follow-up work Es wird im Leben dir , published in 2011, focuses on those filmmakers who were able to escape the Nazi terror and went into exile.
- The film's great personal dictionary . The actors, directors, cameramen, producers, composers, screenwriters, film architects, outfitters, costume designers, editors, sound engineers, make-up artists and special effects designers of the 20th century. 8 volumes. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3 .
- Between stage and barrack. Lexicon of persecuted theater, film and music artists 1933 to 1945. With a foreword by Paul Spiegel . Metropol, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-938690-10-9 .
- "In life, more is taken from you than given ..." Lexicon of filmmakers who emigrated from Germany and Austria 1933 to 1945. A general overview. Acabus, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-86282-049-8 .
- Literature by and about Kay Less in the catalog of the German National Library
- Interview with Kay Less ( Memento from February 11, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
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