Harald Philipp was born on March 24, 1921 in Hamburg, Germany. Harald took acting lessons from Helmuth Gmelin in 1941 before being called up to serve in the German Army during World War II. After the war he made his debut as an actor appearing in stage plays in Osnabrück, Hanover and Cologne. He then worked for a time as a voice dubbing director and a camera assistant. In 1956 he produced his first followed by several musical comedies for which he also wrote the screenplays. In the sixties continued directing and writing screenplays including two Karl May, Winnetou films “Rampage at Apache Wells” (1965) and “The Half-Breed” (1966). Later in his career he turned to shifted to television. During his film career from 1953-1987 he directed thirty two films and while the screenplay for eighteen others and acting in three times. Phillip was married to screenwriter Viola Liessen. Philipp died on July 5, 1999 in Berlin. Today we celebrate Harald Philipp’s 90th birthday.