Hans Eduard Herbert von Borsody was born on September 20, 1929 in Vienna, Austria. Hans von Borsody came from a family of artists. His father was film director Eduard von Borsody [1898-1970], his mother Maria Hochreiter was a violinist and his uncle was art director, production designer Julius von Borsody [1892-1960]. Due to the profession of his father, he was living in Berlin, where he and his family became the German nationals. During World War II, they returned to Vienna because of the increased bombing raids on Berlin.
After studying photography and graduating Borsody initially worked one year at the Graphic Training and Research Institute in Vienna, before he graduated, from 1950 to 1952, he studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. After that, he was a much sought-after and popular as a public performer in the films of the 1950s, but since then he’s played again and again in the theater. His favorite was the role of Cyrano de Bergerac, which was play by von Borsody in Vienna and Andernach.
From 1960, he was seen also increasingly in international film productions. One of his most memorable roles was that of the detective Cliff Dexter in the crime series ZDF from 1966 to 1968. Hans appeared in one Euro-western: “Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West” (1964) as Captain George Hunter.
In the 1970s, Hans was rarely seen in movies; he was outstanding in the cast of Richard Attenborough's historical war film “A Bridge Too Far” (1977). From 1980, he took over more and more frequently guest roles in television series such as ‘Die glückliche Familie’, ‘Forsthaus Falkenau’, ‘Klinik unter Palmen’ and ‘Der Bulle von Tölz’.
As a voice actor he lent his voice to among others Daniel Gélin (“Carthage in Flames”) and Douglas Sheehan in the soap opera ‘Knots Landing’.
Hans died on November 4, 2013 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Today we remember Hans von Borsody on what would have been his 85th birthday.