Peter Beauvais

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Peter Beauvais (born September 9, 1916 in Franconia , district of Weißenstadt , † December 17, 1986 in Baden-Baden ) was a German director .


The son of a factory director emigrated to the USA during National Socialism , where, in addition to doing some odd jobs, he also worked as an actor from 1943 onwards. So he was u. a. 1953 directed by Elia Kazan in the thriller The Man on the Wire rope alongside Fredric March as a secret service policeman, in 1954 alongside Don Ameche in the film drama Fire One , where German Reinhard Glemnitz was also cast, and in the same year alongside Gregory Peck in the agent film The Invisible Network .

After his return to Germany in 1946, Beauvais initially worked as an interpreter , a. a. also at the Nuremberg trials . As an Allied theater officer, he came into contact with the theater again from 1950 and staged a. a. in Hanover and Stuttgart.

In 1954 he made his television debut and in 1958 as a feature film director for UFA . From 1960 he worked as a freelance director and developed into a diverse and extremely productive director of television films and series. Beauvais staged street sweepers like the Durbridge crime thriller A Man Called Harry Brent , literary adaptations like Hauptmann's Die Ratten with Inge Meysel , Mourning must carry Elektra after Eugene O'Neill with Peter Pasetti and Griseldis after Hedwig Courths-Mahler with Sabine Sinjen . With Martin Benrath the satire did not turn around in 1971 - the golem goes around! or The Age of Leisure , he also shot for the crime series Tatort and television films such as Sommer in Lesmona with Katja Riemann . The shooting of his last film, How does the salt get into the sea? after the novel by Brigitte Schwaiger , he could no longer finish himself; His then wife Barbara Beauvais took over the completion.

Peter Beauvais was married four times, for example with the actress Ilsemarie Schnering , the singer and actress Karin Hübner and from 1963 to 1984 with the actress Sabine Sinjen and then until his death with the photographer Barbara Beauvais.

His grave is in the cemetery in Weißenstadt , Upper Franconia .

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

Filmography as an actor (selection)

Filmography as a director (selection)


  • Wolfgang Jacobsen, Nicky Rittmeyer (eds.): Peter Beauvais. Diversity as a concept (= television. History. Aesthetics, Vol. 1). Munich: edition text + kritik, 2016.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Peter Beauvais Archive Inventory overview on the website of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.