Peter Simonischek

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Peter Simonischek (2017)

Peter Maria Simonischek (born August 6, 1946 in Graz ) is an Austrian actor . From 2002 to 2009 he played Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival . He has been a member of the Burgtheater ensemble since 1999 and an honorary member of the Burgtheater since 2019 .


Peter Simonischek spent his childhood in Markt Hartmannsdorf in southeast Styria , where his father was a dentist. He spent his middle school years in the boarding school of the Stiftsgymnasium in Sankt Paul im Lavanttal , where he appeared several times in the school theater. The father wanted him to study medicine, which the son was reluctant to do. Instead, he began studying architecture at the Technical University in Graz. At the same time, under pressure from his father, he began training as a dental technician, which he did not finish.

During his time at the university, Simonischek's interest in acting grew and he secretly registered at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. After completing his studies, he was initially engaged in St. Gallen , Bern and at the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf , then from 1979 to 1999 as an ensemble member of the Berlin Schaubühne under the direction of Peter Stein and later Andrea Breth . Peter Simonischek has been a member of the Vienna Burgtheater ensemble since the 1999/2000 season .

Since 1982 he played leading roles in the Salzburg Festival since the summer of 2002 (until 2009), the title role in everyone by Hugo von Hofmannsthal . Since 1995 Simonischek has played in the German-language premiere of Yasmina Reza's satire " Art ."

In 2016, Simonischek won the title role in Maren Ade's feature film Toni Erdmann, internationally known and highly praised by the specialist critics . In the same year he was the first Austrian actor to win the European Film Award for Best Actor for the role of an aging music teacher who wants to lure his joyless manager daughter (played by Sandra Hüller ) out of the reserve in the shape of a weird alter ego .

Private life

From the divorced marriage with the actress Charlotte Schwab , the son Max , who is also an actor, emerged. Peter Simonischek has been married to the Carinthian actress Brigitte Karner since August 26, 1989 . From this marriage he has two sons who received their musical training with the Vienna Boys' Choir .

Theater (selection)

Filmography (selection)

Radio plays and audio books



  • Peter Simonischek: I am available. In conversation with Andreas Müry. Amalthea Verlag, Vienna 2006, ISBN 3-85002-567-5 ; Contains audiobook CD with reading by Arthur Schnitzler: The Dead Silence and The Wise Woman

Web links

Commons : Peter Simonischek  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "A gentleman from Styria" - Vienna: Peter Simonischek honorary member of the castle , May 27, 2019, accessed May 28, 2019
  2. Der Spiegel, Culture and Society
  3. "Big Gold" for Peter Simonischek. Press release of the State of Styria from November 11, 2003.
  4. - Montreal: "Toni Erdmann" and Simonischek awarded . Article dated October 17, 2016, accessed October 17, 2016.
  5. Courier: Platin-ROMY 2017 to Peter Simonischek . Article dated April 5, 2017, accessed April 5, 2017.
  6. Austria'17-Gala: Top performers in front of the curtain . Article dated October 24, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017.
  7. German Acting Award: "He can do everything": Simonischek is honored for life's work . Article dated August 17, 2018, accessed August 17, 2018.
  8. Burgtheater honorary membership for Peter Simonischek . Article dated May 27, 2019, accessed May 27, 2019.