Martin Schenkel

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Martin Schenkel (born April 25, 1968 in Basel , † March 26, 2003 in Zermatt ) was a Swiss actor and singer .


As a teenager, Martin Schenkel was interested in music, playing the cello , piano , guitar and drums . After the Steiner school he attended the drama school in Bern . During this time, he and the Kapitel 1 group produced the album Chronofossilien (Soundservice) with songs from Bern.

In the period from 1994 to 1999, Martin Schenkel took part in the first sitcom produced by Swiss television itself, Fascht e Familie, by author Charles Lewinsky . He played the useless flip , which in principle does not do any regular work, but wants to make big money with the shirts he describes. For this role he received two Prix ​​Walos : one for “Audience Favorite” and one for “Best Fiction and Entertainment Show”. The show was very popular in Switzerland: It achieved cult status, it has been repeated several times with all its episodes, not least thanks to Flip and his running gag , the saying Kä Detail! (no details, please!). He was also known during this time as a performer in commercials for the EPA .

From 1997 Martin Schenkel appeared as a rock musician and released the albums The Shell and My own way , which both climbed into the Swiss charts. Throughout his singing career, he has toured and played at many concerts .

Since October 1999 Martin Schenkel has played in the Swiss TV soap Lüthi und Blanc by author Katja Früh . He played the role of the somewhat hapless, rather melancholy, but kind-hearted Steve Meier . After 140 episodes, he announced his retirement from public life in December 2002 because of his serious illness.

In 2001 he played the VIP chauffeur Robi Weber in Markus Fischer's TV feature film Big Deal . In the feature film White Fear - In the Name of Justice (premiered at the Solothurn Film Festival in January 2002) he played the main role of the village policeman Daniel Jentsch . He already had a supporting role in 1998 as Rich in the film adaptation of Martin Frank's dialect novel ter fögi ische souhung .

Martin Schenkel died at the age of 34 from complications from a brain tumor . He left behind his wife Lucie and a three year old son.



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1997 The Shell CH7 (11 weeks)
2000 My own way CH9 (15 weeks)

More albums

  • 1992: Chapter 1: Chronofossils


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1997 Sometimes
The Shell
CH22 (14 weeks)
2000 Day Off
My Own Way
CH31 (18 weeks)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Werner Rüedi: The basis for success. ( Memento of the original from December 30, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Handelszeitung dated June 2, 1999. Retrieved from on October 11, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant in the same boat again. August 29, 2000, accessed September 24, 2011.
  3. a b Chart sources: CH