Conny Carstennsen was born Friedrich Wirth on December 8,
1888 in Colmar, Alsace, Germany. He took the alias Conny Carstennsen as an
actor and was active from 1919 to 1921 appearing in two Euro-westerns: “Die
Rache der Banditen” (1919) and “Red Bull, the Last Apache” (1920). He then
became a director and production manager best remembered for “Jud Süß” (1940),
“The Golden City” and “Der große König” (both 1942). His career in the industry
continued until 1955. He was the production manager on the Euro-western: “Jonny
Saves Nebrador” starring Hans Albers in 1953. Conny died on June 14, 1957 in
Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany.
Today we remember Conny Carstennsen, one of the pioneers
of the genre, on what would have been his 125th birthday.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.