Helmut Schreiber was born on November 16, 1924, Mühlhausen, Thuringia, Germany. Following a degree in philosophy, followed by studies in German art history, he began his film career in the field of directing and acting at a drama school. His acting debut was after World War II on stage in Bad Hersfeld, Engagements in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Dresden and Leipzig followed. Parallel to his work on stage he appeared in the 1950s in film and television productions of DEFA and German Television (DFF). He was a member of the DEFA-acting ensemble.
By participating in fairy tale films such as “Sleeping Beauty” (1971), and in seven DEFA Indian films where he often appeared as the villain. He became one of the busiest actors in the GDR in the 1960s. For his stunts, he received the title Ehrenkaskadeur. In addition to his screen work he was a writer who also hosted children's programs such as the Flimmerstunde, he also worked in dubbing studios and wrote several screenplays. As an author, he wrote children's books and works for ballet performances.
Helmut Schreiber died on February 10, 1995 in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany.