Richard Kahle

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Richard Kahle, 1880

Richard Kahle (born June 21, 1842 in Berlin , † May 16, 1916 in Schlachtensee near Berlin ) was a German theater actor .


After attending the French grammar school in Berlin , where he stood out as an actor in Sophocles ' Philoctetes in ancient Greek , Kahle studied aesthetics and philosophy at the university in his hometown . When he was offered a position as a reader for Prince Friedrich of Prussia , he broke off his studies.

After Friedrich's death in 1863, Kahle tried his hand at various theaters; He achieved his first successes at the Urania amateur theater . According to his own statements, Kahle was most strongly influenced by Ludwig Dessoir's acting skills during this period . On November 10, 1865 Kahle made his debut as "Spokesman Manfred" in The Bride of Messina ( Friedrich Schiller ) at a performance in Pest . Heinrich Laube saw him there , who then hired him in 1869 for the Leipzig City Theater.

There Kahle excelled mainly in character roles. His portrayal of King Lear was so convincing that when he performed with it in Berlin in 1871, he was immediately engaged there. There he made his debut on February 24, 1871 as "Lear".

In 1880 he married Marie Keßler .

He ended his career in 1899 and retired into private life.

Small in shape, Kahle knew that through his iron organ, but mainly through the clear comprehension and the spiritual rendering of a character, it would soon be forgotten. Its merits were most evident in rhetorical roles.

At the age of almost 74, the actor Richard Kahle died on May 16, 1916 in Schlachtensee near Berlin. He was buried in the old Luisenstadt cemetery in Berlin, where his wife, who had died twenty years earlier, had also found her final resting place. Both tombs have not been preserved.

Student (selection)


  • Ludwig Eisenberg : Large biographical lexicon of the German stage in the XIX. Century . Verlag von Paul List , Leipzig 1903, p. 490 f-, ( Textarchiv - Internet Archive ).
  • Johannes ES Schmidt: The French Cathedral School and the French Gymnasium in Berlin. Student memories 1848-1861 . Edited and commented by Rüdiger RE Fock. Publishing house Dr. Kovac, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8300-3478-0

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin tombs . Haude & Spener, Berlin 2006. p. 80.

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