Thursday, April 8, 2010

Remembering Helmut Schmid

German actor Hans-Helmut Schmid was born on April 8, 1925, in Neu-Ulm, Germany. He was the son of actor Paul Schmid and opera singer Sängerin Helene Schräg. At first Helmut did not follow in his father's footsteps but studied law and military medicine before eventually becoming interested in theater and taking acting lessons. He made his stage debut in 1945 in Schiller's “Don Carlos”. In the 1950s he was known by the general public as a film actor starting with his first film “Geliebtes Fräulein Doktor (1954). He made over 45 film and TV appearances during his career. Although successful in film and television he continued to return to the stage. During his film career he appeared in two Euro-westerns: “$5,000 on the Ace” (1964) and “The Man Called Gringo” (1965). Helmut was married to actress Lieslotte 'Lilo' Pulver and they had two children . Schmid died of a heart attack on July 18, 1992 in Heiligenschwendi, Switzerland. Today we remember Helmut Schmid on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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