Robert Graf

Robert Graf

Darsteller
*18.11.1923 Witten; †04.02.1966 München

Biography

Robert Graf, born Novemver 18, 1923, in Witten at the Ruhr, was drafted by the Wehrmacht after finishing school in 1942 and deployed at the eastern front. After being wounded, Graf at first worked in defence production but began to study philosophy, art history, and theatre studies in Munich in 1944. In 1946, he started his theatre career and performed at theatres in Straubing, Wiesbaden, Salzburg, and at Munich"s Kammerspiele where he was seen in numerous successful productions such as Borchert"s "Draußen vor der Tür" and Molière"s "Tartuffe". In 1952, Graf married the Swiss actress Selma Urfer.


In 1957, Graf played the title role in Ottomar Domnick"s experimental feature film "Jonas", a print shop employee suffering from feelings of guilt and isolation. Graf then starred in Rolf Thiele"s "El Hakim" (1957) and won the German film award in silver as best new actor for his portrayal of the reckless opportunist Bruno Tiches in Kurt Hoffmann"s satire "Wir Wunderkinder" ("Aren"t We Wonderful", 1958).

In his following films, Graf mainly appeared in similar, unfathomable roles but also proved his comic talent as the bankrupt Grünlich in "Buddenbrooks" (1959). Furthermore, Graf played a supporting role in the top-class US production "The Great Escape" (1962), directed by John Sturges.

From the mid-1950s on, Graf appeared in numerous TV productions, often in theatre productions like Sartre"s "Die schmutzigen Hände" that were filmed for TV. In addition, Graf portrayed some rather sophisticated, yet torn characters in several TV productions playing during the Nazi regime, for instance in Franz Peter Wirth"s "Der Hund des Generals" (1964). Graf played his last role in the TV production "Porträt eines Helden" (1966).

Robert Graf died of cancer on February 4, 1966, in Munich, after already losing a foot in 1965. In 1997, his son, Dominik Graf, made "Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge", a documentary film about his father and the cinema of his time.

Filmography

1996/1997 Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge
Participation
 
1966 Porträt eines Helden
Cast
 
1965 Alle mal herhören, auch die, die schwerhören ...!
Cast
 
1965 Das Landhaus
Cast
 
1965 La Malcontenta. Begegnung in den Gärten Venetiens
Cast
 
1965 Der Drache
Cast
 
1965 Der Fall Klaus Fuchs
Cast
 
1964 Die Geschichte von Joel Brand
Cast
 
1964 Sicher ist sicher
Cast
 
1964 Eurydike
Cast
 
1964 Frühstück mit dem Tod
Cast
 
1964 Der Hund des Generals
Cast
 
1964 Verdammt zur Sünde
Cast
 
1964 2 x 2 im Himmelbett
Cast
 
1963/1964 Vorsicht, Mister Dodd
Cast
 
1963 Zwei Whisky und ein Sofa
Cast
 
1963 Die zwölf Geschworenen
Cast
 
1963 Geliebt in Rom
Cast
 
1963 Der Schatten
Cast
 
1962 Karl III. und Anna von Österreich
Cast
 
1962 Die glücklichen Jahre der Thorwalds
Cast
 
1961/1962 Wenn beide schuldig werden
Cast
 
1961 Unsere kleine Stadt
Cast
 
1961 Sansibar
Cast
 
1961 Mörderspiel
Cast
 
1961 Zu viele Köche
Cast
 
1961 Der Fälscher von London
Cast
 
1960/1961 Der Weg ist dunkel
Cast
 
1960 Gauner in Uniform
Cast
 
1960 Mein Schulfreund
Cast
 
1960 Die große Wut des Philipp Hotz
Cast
 
1960 Liebling der Götter
Cast
 
1960 Die Frau am dunklen Fenster
Cast
 
1959/1963 Buddenbrooks (einteilig)
Cast
 
1959/1960 Lampenfieber
Cast
 
1959 Buddenbrooks (Teil II)
Cast
 
1959 Buddenbrooks (Teil I)
Cast
 
1959 Das schöne Abenteuer
Cast
 
1959 Und das am Montagmorgen
Cast
 
1958 Wir Wunderkinder
Cast
 
1957/1958 Aluminium - Porträt eines Metalls
Voice
 
1957 El Hakim
Cast
 
1957 Das große ABC
Cast
 
1956/1957 Jonas
Cast
 
1952 Illusion in Moll
Cast
 

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