Wolfgang Wahl

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Wolfgang Wahl (born December 3, 1925 in Münster , † September 15, 2006 in Germering ) was a German actor and radio play speaker .


The native Westphalian is the son of the long-time director of the WDR forerunner, the NWDR "Sender Köln ", Wilhelm Wahl , and an actress. Wahl initially wanted to go to sea, but because of his war experiences as a cadet on the training ship Horst Wessel , he abandoned this career aspiration. He soon recognized his talent as an actor and began training with Gustaf Gründgens in Düsseldorf in 1947 . He stayed at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus until 1951 , later he joined the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the Hamburg Thalia Theater .

He gave guest appearances at the Münchner Kammerspiele , the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and the Freie Volksbühne Berlin . The actor, gifted in both the dramatic and comic fields, played roles in Shakespeare's plays and Sternheim 's comedies . Wahl was on stage in 200 performances, including touring with stars like Hildegard Knef .

He achieved popularity as a film actor; since the 1950s he has been in front of the camera with Joachim Fuchsberger , Johannes Heesters , Heinz Rühmann , OW Fischer , Peter Alexander , Romy Schneider and Paul Hubschmid , among others . These included crime films ( Permit me, my name is Cox - 1955, Nick Knatterton's Adventures - 1959) and Heimatfilms (e.g. When the heather is in bloom - 1960, songs sound on Lake Maggiore - 1962). In , my name is Cox he played the private investigator Thomas Richardson, a figure which he, at that time already in the first radio play of the same title in 1952 alongside Carl-Heinz Schroth showed. The following year he played the role of Roger Shelly in the multi-part series Paul Temple and the Vandyke case by Francis Durbridge , with René Deltgen , Annemarie Cordes and Kurt Lieck, under director Eduard Hermann . In 1956 he spoke in the radio play As Far Feet Carry (Direction: Franz Zimmermann ) by Josef Martin Bauer the role of the prisoner of war Clemens Forell, who managed to escape from an East Siberian prison camp. In addition, it was used in many other radio plays.

He has also been seen in literary adaptations , such as Stefan Zweig's Schachnovelle (1960) or Alfred Weidenmann's Thomas Mann -Adaption Buddenbrooks (1959). Wolfgang Wahl was also involved in Edgar Wallace and Simmel film adaptations.

As a television actor, he has worked in crime series such as Sonderdezernat K1 , Der Kommissar , Derrick , Der Alte , Ein Fall für Zwei , SOKO 5113 , Die Männer vom K3 or Tatort . From his filmmaking work, the television classic Meuterei auf der Bounty (1973, ZDF), the psycho-thriller Faces of Shadows (1984) and Dieter Wedel's multi-part series The Great Bellheim should be mentioned. Wolfgang Wahl played with Inge Meysel , Axel von Ambesser , Evelyn Hamann , Willy Millowitsch or Klausjürgen Wussow in television series such as Hotel Paradies , Das Erbe der Guldenburgs , Die Schwarzwaldklinik , Alles Glück hier Erde , Dr. Stefan Frank - The doctor whom women trust , happy journey or big city area in partly supporting roles.

As a voice actor, he lent his distinctive voice a. a. Fred MacMurray ( In Eighth and Bane ), Raymond Burr ( The Merciless ) and John Mills ( Lord of the house I am ).

The actor died unnoticed by the public on September 15, 2006. For the past few years, Wahl has been using a wheelchair due to an illness.


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Individual evidence

  1. trauer.de ( Memento from December 24, 2010 in the Internet Archive )