Martin Flörchinger

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Martin Flörchinger (born October 9, 1909 in Geisenhausen as Martin Paintner-Flörchinger , † October 27, 2004 in Vilsbiburg ) was a German actor .


Born in Lower Bavaria in 1909 as the son of the actors and actresses Ernst Flörchinger and Anna Paintner , Flörchinger's artistic career was already mapped out. From 1929 to 1932 he completed his artistic training at the drama school in Leipzig, where he also made his stage debut. Further theater engagements a. a. in Stettin, Gera, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Konigsberg, Darmstadt and Leipzig were to follow. In 1953 Wolfgang Langhoff engaged him at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin , where he played with the Berliner Ensemble from 1956 . He also worked as a drama teacher in Berlin and Leipzig.

In 1951 Martin Flörchinger made his feature film debut in the DEFA production Die Meere haben . Three years later he played Karl Liebknecht in Kurt Maetzig's successful film epic Ernst Thälmann - son of his class and one year later in its sequel Ernst Thälmann - leader of his class , albeit no longer in the role of Liebknecht, but as a people's delegate from the Saar area. In addition, Flörchinger starred in Konrad Wolf's critical contemporary film Der teilte Himmel , in the agent thriller For Eyes Only , in the war drama The Adventures of Werner Holt , in the fairy tale adaptation King Drosselbart (with Manfred Krug in the title role) and alongside Donatas Banionis in Konrad Wolf's Goya - or the bad way of knowledge .

For his artistic achievement, Flörchinger was awarded the GDR National Prize in 1967 and 1972 . In addition, he received the GDR Art Prize in 1962 and the FDGB Art Prize in 1964 .

In 1976, the now 66-year-old moved from the GDR to the Federal Republic of Germany , where he continued to work as an actor on the stage ( Münchner Kammerspiele ), film and television. He played twice in movies under the direction of Hans W. Geißendörfers - in 1976 in Die Wildente (with Jean Seberg , Anne Bennent , Bruno Ganz , Peter Kern and Heinz Bennent ) and two years later in The Glass Cell . He played in literary adaptations such as A Chapter for Himself based on Walter Kempowski and Die Geschwister Oppermann based on Lion Feuchtwanger, as well as in numerous television productions such as the crime series SOKO 5113 .

In addition, Martin Flörchinger worked in the GDR and the Federal Republic as a spokesman for dubbing and radio. In 1982, for example, he lent his voice to the paranoid android “Marvin” in the BR radio play production of Douglas Adams ' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its 1991 sequel produced by SWF .

In addition, Flörchinger was a passionate draftsman. In addition, he made a complete new translation of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets , which were published in 1996 under the title Und fools judging about genuine ability .

His daughter Wera Paintner and his son-in-law Wolfgang Dehler also worked as actors. His grandson Thomas Dehler is also an actor and works at the theater (including in Rostock, Magdeburg, Leipzig) as well as in film, television and as an audio book speaker.

His written estate is in the archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.


His estate is located in the Fritz Hüser Institute for Literature and Culture in the Working World in Dortmund .

Filmography (selection)


Radio plays



  • William Shakespeare, And fools judge about real ability (translator), Berlin: 1996; ISBN 3-8280-0053-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Martin-Flörchinger-Archiv Inventory overview on the website of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.