Will Quadflieg

Will Quadflieg

Additional Names: Friedrich Wilhelm Quadflieg (Geburtsname)
Darsteller
*15.09.1914 Oberhausen; †27.11.2003 Osterholz-Scharmbeck

Biography

Will Quadflieg was born September 15, 1914, in Oberhausen. He attended actor's training when he was still at secondary school and became a young actor at Stadttheater Oberhausen after finishing his final school exam. Although he was not accepted at Cologne's drama school, he worked at theatres in Gießen, Gera, Düsseldorf, and finally, in Berlin, where he performed at Volksbühne from 1937 to 1940, and from 1940 to 1944 at Schillertheater under artistic director Heinrich George.

In 1937, Quadflieg made his movie debut in the comedy "Der Maulkorb", directed by Erich Engels. He then starred in films like "Das Herz der Königin" ("The Heart of a Queen"), "Kora Terry", and in "Der große Schatten", but also in propaganda films such as "Mein Leben für Irland" ("My Life for Ireland"). Furthermore, Quadflieg made impressive performances as a musician in "Philharmoniker" and in "Die Zaubergeige". During the war, he was spared from military service.

After the end of the Second World War, Quadflieg at first performed at several theatres before he became a co-founder of Junges Theater, today Ernst-Deutsch-Theater, in Hamburg in 1946. From 1952 to 1959, he played the part of "Jedermann" at the Salzburg Festival. And from 1956 to 1962, he collaborated with Gustaf Gründgens at Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and played the part of "Faust" in Gründgens' production. Gründgens himself played his antagonist Mephisto – both actors are still best-known for their respective roles. In 1960, the production was made into a film, directed by Peter Gorski.

Quadflieg, who mainly played classical parts on stage, was only rarely seen in the German post-war cinema, for instance in the jealousy drama "Die Lüge" (1950) or in the regional film "Die Försterchristl" ("The Forester's Daughter", 1952). In "Lola Montez" (1955), directed by Max Ophüls, Quadflieg played Franz Liszt. During the following decades, he often starred in TV productions besides his theatre work, including TV series such as "Derrick" and "Der Kommissar", film versions of theatre productions like "Don Juan" (1965) and finally his much-praised participation in Dieter Wedel's "Der große Bellheim" (1992).

In Markus Imhoof's "Die Reise" ("The Journey", 1986), a film about the 1968 student revolt and the RAF terrorist group based on the autobiography of Bernward Vesper, Quadflieg portrayed the protagonist's father. The part was modelled on the Nazi poet Will Vesper – and used by Quadflieg to come to terms with his feelings of guilt for his conformist behaviour during the Nazi regime. From the 1980s on, he became actively involved in the ecology and in the peace movement.

Will Quadflieg, who had been married twice, died November 23, 2003, in Osterholz-Scharmbeck.

Filmography

1994 Eine Endstation
Cast
 
1994 Der gute Merbach
Cast
 
1991/1992 Der große Bellheim
Cast
 
1989 Dantes Traum von der Hölle
Voice
 
1988 Der 8. Kreis der Hölle
Voice
 
1988 Der 9. Kreis der Hölle
Voice
 
1985/1986 Die Reise
Cast
 
1982 Absender: Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Cast
 
1981 Dantons Tod
Cast
 
1979 Ein Kongreß in Berlin
Cast
 
1976 Als wär's ein Stück von mir. Aus dem Leben des Carl Zuckmayer
Cast
 
1974/1975 Warum es ein Fehler war, Beckmann zu erschießen
Cast
 
1972 Die Sieger von Tambo
Cast
 
1970 Puppen reden nicht
Cast
 
1962 Annoncentheater. Ein Abendprogramm des Deutschen Fernsehens im Jahre 1776
Cast
 
1960/1961 Jalgaon - ein Dorf in Maharaschtra, Indien
Voice
 
1960 Faust
Cast
 
1958 Jedermann
Cast
 
1955/1956 Lola Montez
Cast
 
1955/1956 San Salvatore
Cast
 
1955 Lola Montès
Cast
 
1953 Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer
Cast
 
1953 Vergiß die Liebe nicht
Cast
 
1952 Die Försterchristl
Cast
 
1951 Schwarze Augen
Cast
 
1950/1951 Das ewige Spiel
Cast
 
1950 Die tödlichen Träume
Cast
 
1950 Die Lüge
Cast
 
1944 Solistin Anna Alt
Cast
 
1943/1944 Die Zaubergeige
Cast
 
1942-1944 Philharmoniker
Cast
 
1942 Der große Schatten
Cast
 
1941/1942 Schicksal
Cast
 
1941/1942 GPU
Cast
 
1940/1941 Mein Leben für Irland
Cast
 
1940 Kora Terry
Cast
 
1939/1940 Das Herz der Königin
Cast
 
1937/1938 Der Maulkorb
Cast
 

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