Sunday, May 3, 2009

RIP Fred Delmare

East German actor Fred Delmare has died. Delmare died on May 1 of pneumonia at the age of 87 years in a Leipzig hospital, where he was being treated for Alzheimer’s disease, the "Leipziger Volkszeitung" reported. Delmare participated in innumerable film and television productions and was adored in the GDR as a king of the secondary roles (character actors), in the classic film "The Legend of Paul and Paula". Until 2005 he was one of the stars (Grandpa) of the MDR series; “In aller Freundschaft". Delmare began, in early 2006 to show symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and lived in a Leipzig nursing home. For fans in his homeland Delmare was an idol, said the mayor of his native city Geburtsstadt Sonneberg on Thuringia radio. He never forgot his domestic dialect. The actor was born on April 24, 1922 under the name Werner Vorndran. He will be buried in a small cemetery in the family plot.

Fred Delmare appeared in the following Euro-westerns: “The Falcon’s Trail” (1967), “White Wolves” (1969), “Apache”, “Ulzana” both (1973) and “The Long Ride from School” (1982).

Thanks to Dan Maier for providing me this information.


  1. No luck for him, privately: Married 5 times, daughter committed suicide in 1980, son sentenced for committing murder in 1993, his (last) wife diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, next year another son dying from liver cancer...

  2. Wow what a successful career yet unrewarding private life. Makes our problems look small in comparison. RIP.