Manfred Krug

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Manfred Krug (born February 8, 1937 in Duisburg , † October 21, 2016 in Berlin ) was a German actor , singer and writer . As pseudonyms he used to DDR -times Clemens Kerber (as songwriter) and Isa carbuncle (as an interviewer of itself).



Manfred Krug and Christel Bodenstein filming Description of a Summer (1962)
Manfred Krug (left) with Armin Mueller-Stahl as the main actor in The Conspirators (1971)
Manfred Krug in a duet with Etta Cameron (1970)

Manfred Krug was born on a Rose Monday as the first child of the married couple Rudolf and Alma Krug in Duisburg. His father was an ironworks engineer who initially worked at Thyssen in Duisburg as a smelter in the steelworks . Shortly after the birth, the family moved to Georgsmarienhütte near Osnabrück , as the father found a better position in the local steelworks . Almost a year after the birth of Manfred Krug's brother Roger in 1939, the family moved on to Hennigsdorf just outside Berlin , where the father had accepted a position as chief engineer in the steel and rolling mill . He was not drafted in the first years of the war because his job was considered to be important to the war effort. After the destruction of the steelworks, however, he still had to go to the Eastern Front .

Shortly before the end of the war, Manfred Krug was sent to his grandmother Lisa in Duisburg for fear of the Russians. Here he experienced one of the heavy bombing raids on Duisburg , whereupon his mother arranged for him to return to Hennigsdorf immediately. Despite his age and the chaotic conditions caused by the war, he undertook both train journeys alone. In Hennigsdorf he saw the end of the war.

The father, who survived the war unharmed, fled to the British Zone , where he was taken prisoner by the British . Due to the poor conditions, Krug was sent back to his grandmother in Duisburg. He spent the first post-war years on Schweizer Strasse in the Duissern district , where he also went to elementary school. After the father returned from captivity, his younger brother was also sent to the Rhineland to live with relatives on his mother's side. The family remained separate, however, as the father was often on the road in search of work. When this turned out to be unsuccessful, the father and two sons decided to return to Hennigsdorf. However, his wife had now turned to another man. The marriage was divorced, the children separated, Manfred Krug stayed with his father.

Relocation to the GDR

In 1949, after his divorce, Krug's father moved with his son from Duisburg to the newly founded GDR in Leipzig . The quarters there were at Rietschelstrasse 35 and Friesenstrasse 1 in Lindenau and at Blumenstrasse 15 in Gohlis. For lessons he went to the 33rd elementary school in Theresienstrasse. Manfred Krug completed an apprenticeship as a steel smelter in the steel and rolling mill in Brandenburg an der Havel , which is now the industrial museum . A splash of liquid steel left the distinctive scar on his forehead. During this time he graduated from evening school. He then began studying at the State Drama School in Berlin , which he had to drop out. From 1955 to 1957 he was engaged as an apprentice in Bertolt Brecht's Berliner Ensemble .

Krug lived in a shared apartment at Cantianstrasse 22 in East Berlin with the writer Jurek Becker , who became one of his closest friends.

From 1957, Krug appeared in the GDR's cinema and television in roles of thugs and crooks. In 1960 he took on a role in the successful film Five Cartridge Cases by Frank Beyer . In the DEFA fairy tale film King Drosselbart (1965) he played the title role alongside Karin Ugowski . His role as a daring brigade leader in the film Spur der Steine , directed by Frank Beyer, contributed to the ban in 1966 ; it was taken out of the cinemas after three days and was only allowed to be shown again in the GDR during the time of 1989.

Manfred Krug was also popular as a jazz singer in the GDR ; For him, jazz was one of the “most beautiful cultural inventions of the American fraternal people”. In 1969 Walter Felsenstein cast him at the Komische Oper Berlin as Sporting Life for the GDR premiere of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess (director: Götz Friedrich , premiere: January 24/25, 1970). From 1971 onwards, Krug and the composer Günther Fischer released several long-playing records on which he sang sophisticated, artistically arranged hits and chansons. He wrote the lyrics himself under the pseudonym Clemens Kerber in the 1960s and 1970s. An album with jazz standards, Greens, was also released. The song There is a house in New Orleans was particularly popular . His appearances at the poetry - jazz - prose events , of which several recordings have been published, are still well known today . The two pieces recited by Krug, Die Kuh im Propeller (by Mikhail Soschtschenko ) and The block and tackle, can still be remembered by many former GDR citizens thanks to their expressive interpretation. Krug also appeared on numerous television programs and worked as a voice actor, for example for the film Eolomea . In 1968 he received the National Prize for his role as Willi Heyer in the five-part television film Weg über Land .

Consequences of protest and departure

End of 1976 Krug had the letter of protest against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann signed. As a result, he was no longer offered roles, which amounted to a professional ban - he was sidelined as an artist. A part of the planned concerts with the Günther Fischer quintet could still take place, the last on April 12, 1977 in Wismar.

Manfred Krug and Günther Fischer (left), concert in Freiberg (1977)

On April 19, 1977, he applied for an exit visa , which was finally approved so that he could leave East Berlin on June 20, 1977. In his private environment he was followed by the state security until he left the country .

Krug published the documentation of the events at that time twenty years later in his bestseller Abgehauen . He drew a relentless portrayal of everyday life, not entirely true to the line of the GDR citizens. The book was filmed under the same title in 1998 under the direction of Frank Beyer , Manfred Krug was played by Peter Lohmeyer . The first part is the copy of his secret tape recording of a dispute about the re-entry ban vis-à-vis Biermann in Krug's house between the three high-ranking GDR functionaries Werner Lamberz , the head of the agitation and propaganda department of the Politburo, his employee Karl Sensberg, the director of the GDR television Heinz Adameck and twelve writers and actors from the GDR: Stefan Heym , Jurek Becker , Christa Wolf , Hilmar Thate , Klaus Schlesinger , Jutta Hoffmann , Dieter Schubert , Ulrich Plenzdorf , Heiner Müller , Frank Beyer and Angelica Domröse . The second part of the book consists of Krug's diary entries from the time he submitted his application to leave the country until he moved to West Germany. The third part is the reproduction of a protocol from his neighbor who spied on him as an informal employee of the Stasi.

Federal Republic of Germany

After his departure, Krug lived in the western part of the city in Berlin-Schöneberg . He continued his career seamlessly in the Federal Republic of Germany. In one of his first roles he was from 1977 to 1992 as long-distance driver Franz Meersdonk in the ARD series On Axis and filmed in places, e.g. B. in South Africa or in the Atacama Desert in South America, which he was denied in the GDR, as he later stated in an interview with Stern . As one of the most popular German actors, he impersonated different characters in different television series for a long time:

Krug achieved great popularity in the role of the idiosyncratic lawyer Robert Liebling in the television series Liebling Kreuzberg . The scripts for the first three seasons and the fifth season were written by his friend Jurek Becker. He was also seen on the children's program Sesame Street . He was also popular as Commissioner Paul Stoever on the side of Charles Brauer as Peter Brockmöller in the crime scene of the NDR . He embodied this 41 times from 1984 to 2001, making Krug the "longest-serving" crime scene inspector at times and, in a 2008 poll together with Brauer, was voted the second most popular after Götz George . In later Tatort episodes it became a ritual for Stoever and Brockmöller to perform a vocal part. Several CDs have now appeared as re-releases of LPs that he had recorded in the GDR together with Günther Fischer, and new ones on which he sings together with his daughter Fanny Krug . In 1979 he released his LP Da ist du ja.

Manfred Krug was also active as a writer. His biographies Abgehauen (1996) and My Beautiful Life (2005) became bestsellers. In 2008, he published his volume of short stories Schweingezadder . Krug appeared in several radio plays and worked as a voice actor. As a speaker he read his own texts, among other things.

Most recently, Krug performed together with the jazz singer Uschi Brüning and his band under the title Manfred Krug reads and s (w) ingt . He gave his last concert on August 5th, 2016 at Storkow Castle in Storkow (Mark) .

Advertising campaigns

Krug took orders in advertising, including for Pan Am and Deutsche Telekom , which was preparing the IPO of " T-Aktien " in 1996. After an interview note in which he apologized for the losses suffered by the Telekom shareholders, Telekom parted with Krug. Over ten years later, he described the commercials as his "biggest professional mistake". Krug told Stern magazine in January 2007: "I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has bought a share recommended by me and has been disappointed."

In a legal protection insurance campaign , he appeared as a lawyer, alluding to his role as “lawyer darling” (“ Advocard is lawyer’s darling!”). From 2010, Krug appeared in an advertising campaign for Mercedes-Benz Bank , the motif of which was based on the series On Axis . For the cement manufacturer Dyckerhoff, he worked as a narrator in a film that portrayed the company.


Manfred Krug's tombstone with an autograph in the Stahnsdorf south-west cemetery

Manfred Krug had been married to Ottilie Krug since 1963; The marriage resulted in three children, including the singer Fanny Krug . In 2002 it became known that he also had a child out of wedlock.

Krug last lived in Berlin-Charlottenburg . He died of pneumonia with his family on October 21, 2016 at the age of 79 and was buried on November 3 in the funeral forest of the south-west cemetery in Stahnsdorf .

Krug's music

Since 2008, the Putensen Beat Ensemble of the North German actor and musician Thomas Putensen has been devoting regular concerts to Manfred Krug's work from the 1970s.



Manfred Krug at a concert in 1972
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Tatort - the songs (with Charles Brauer)
  DE 9 
01/24/2000 (17 weeks)
German hits
  DE 48 October 16, 2000 (3 weeks)
Sleep disorder
  DE 41 October 16, 2000 (4 weeks)
The Christmas mug
  DE 58 12/02/2002 (5 weeks)
Chosen (with Uschi Brüning)
  DE 54 
Platinum (German Jazz Award)
Platinum (German Jazz Award)
02/06/2015 (4 weeks)


  • 1965: Jazz and Lyrik (from a concert in 1964 with Eberhard Esche and the Jazz Optimists Berlin), LP, Amiga
  • 1965: Manfred Krug and the Modern Jazz Big Band , LP, Amiga
  • 1966: Lyrik - Jazz - Prosa (together with Eberhard Esche , Gerd E. Schäfer , Annekathrin Bürger and others), LP, Amiga, then in different editions and under different name variants
  • 1968: Manfred Krug speaks and sings Carl Michael Bellman - Fredmann's epistles to this and that but mainly to Ulla Winblad , LP, Litera
  • 1969: Onkel Toms Hütte ( radio play , Krug sings two spirituals), LP, Litera
  • 1971: That was just a moment, LP, Amiga
  • 1972: A touch of spring, LP, Amiga
  • 1974: Greens, LP, Amiga
  • 1976: You are like new today, LP, Amiga
  • 1979: There you are, LP, Intercord
  • 1980: Songs from over there (compilation), 2 LP, Intercord
  • 1995: Jazz - Lyrik - Prosa (selection of Lyrik - Jazz - Prosa 1965), CD, Amiga
  • 1997: Manfred Krug anthology (compilation), 2 CD, Hansa
  • 1998: Chopped off - the music for the film, CD, Amiga
  • 2000: Tatort, die Songs (with Charles Brauer ), CD, Warner Strategic Marketing
  • 2000: The best of Manfred Krug 1962–1977 (compilation), CD, Amiga
  • 2000: Deutsche Schlager, CD, Warner Special Marketing
  • 2000: Sleep Disorder, CD, Amiga
  • 2001: Manfred Krug Live with Fanny (together with Fanny Krug ), 2 CD, Amiga
  • 2002: The Christmas Jug, CD, Warner Special Marketing
  • 2003: Sweet Nothings (together with Decebal Badila , Fanny Krug), CD, BMG-Amiga
  • 2014: Chosen (together with Uschi Brüning ), CD, Edel: Content
  • 2018: Not quite gone yet - the last GDR concert, CD, artist port


  • 1962: About love (only B-side, duet with Christel Bodenstein), Amiga
  • 1962: Summertime / On the sunny side (with the Jazz Optimists Berlin), Amiga
  • 1963: Twist in the night / A year ago , Amiga
  • 1964: Rosetta (with the Jazz Optimists Berlin) / When you sleep, my child, Amiga
  • 1965: There is a house in New Orleans (with Franke Echo Quintet ) / I know a girl, Amiga
  • 1967: When you're sad / Every day with you (with Klaus Lenz-Sextett ), Amiga

Albums by other artists with Krug songs

Radio plays

Audio books

  • Edgar Wallace : The zinc man . With Sascha Draeger , Alexandra Doerk u. a. Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg 1982, order no. maritime 295 036-210 (LP).
  • Edgar Wallace: The Frog with the Mask. With Sascha Draeger, Alexandra Doerk u. a. Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg 1982, order no. maritime 295 037-210 (LP).
  • Edgar Wallace: The Witcher. With Sascha Draeger, Alexandra Doerk u. a. Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg 1982, order no. maritime 295 035-210 (LP).
  • Edgar Wallace: The Dead Eyes of London. With Sascha Draeger, Alexandra Doerk u. a. Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg 1982, order no. maritime 295038-210 (LP).
  • Manfred Krug: Chopped off. Econ Verlag , 1996, ISBN 978-3-430-15725-4 (4 CDs).
  • Manfred Krug: Schweingezadder and others. Part 1. Ullstein-Hörverlag, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-550-09001-3 (CD, MCs).
  • Manfred Krug: Schweingezadder and others. Part 2. Ullstein-Hörverlag, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-550-09028-5 (CD, MCs).
  • Thomas Brussig : Life to Men. Roof Music, Bochum 2001, ISBN 3-936186-54-5 (2 CDs).
  • Manfred Krug: My beautiful life. Der Hörverlag , Munich 2004, ISBN 3-89940-399-1 (8 CDs).
  • Bertolt Brecht : Stories from Mr. Keuner . Reading / Deutschlandradio Kultur. Der Audio-Verlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-89813-406-7 (CD).
  • Jurek Becker: Jurek Becker's news to Manfred Krug and Otti. Roof Music, Bochum 2005, ISBN 3-936186-81-2 (2 CDs).
  • Bertolt Brecht: Pleasure to start. Reading / Deutschlandradio Kultur. Der Audio-Verlag, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-89813-517-9 (CD).




Web links

Commons : Manfred Krug  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Acting legend Manfred Krug is dead , accessed on October 27, 2016.
  2. Der Spiegel No. 44/2016, p. 149; Soundtrack for life in the GDR. The singer Manfred Krug. ( Memento from October 31, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Manfred Krug. In: Youth opposition in the GDR. Federal Agency for Civic Education / Robert Havemann Society, September 2008, accessed on March 1, 2012 .
  4. Manfred Krug. In: Not completely gone (announcement), audio document. April 12, 1977. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  5. Manfred Krug: Chopped off. A recording and a diary . Econ, Düsseldorf 1996, ISBN 978-3-547-75723-1 , pp. 122–125 ( online [accessed March 2, 2012]).
  6. Run away. In: moviepilot. Retrieved March 2, 2012 .
  7. “maf”: “Tatort” hit list: Schimanski remains the best. In: Spiegel Online. Spiegel Group, May 18, 2008, accessed March 2, 2012 .
  8. Event highlights Burg Storkow , accessed on December 5, 2016.
  9. Krug apologizes to T-Shareholders. In: Gruner + Jahr, January 30, 2007, accessed March 1, 2012 .
  10. Mirjam Mohr: Manfred Krug: Liebling in retirement. In: Gruner + Jahr, February 8, 2007, archived from the original on March 10, 2012 ; Retrieved March 2, 2012 .
  11. Birgit Walter: I was Olle. Manfred Krug about unsuccessful records, the blushing Uschi Brüning and his beautiful life as a pensioner . In: Berliner Zeitung . Berliner Verlag, December 24, 2010 ( online [accessed March 2, 2012]).
  12. Berlin wants to commemorate Manfred Krug with a street . ( [accessed on November 1, 2016]).
  13. The grave of Manfred Krug
  14. ^ Actor Manfred Krug buried in Stahnsdorf. Berliner Morgenpost , November 3, 2016, archived from the original on March 30, 2019 . ;.
  15. Chart sources: DE
  16. a b Awards for music sales: DE
  17. CD of the week: "Manfred Krug - His Songs" - A homage to Manfred Krug ( Memento from January 31, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) on