Friday, April 22, 2011

Remembering Harald Leipnitz

Harald Leipnitz was born on April 22, 1926 in Wuppertal, Germany. He was a prisoner of war during World War II and after his release began performing in amateur theater groups. He then took acting classes with Hans Canninenberg in 1948 and made his professional debut with the Wuppertal Opera. He continued to appear with the group until 1960 in such cities as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. During this time he made occasional appearances on TV and films. He gained much popularity with his appearances in Karl May and Edgar Wallace films. Leipnitz also became a film dubber and was the German voice of such actors as Alain Delon, Cary Grant, Albert Finney, Charles Aznavour and Richard Harris. He lent his voice to radio productions and recorded narrations. Leipnitz appeared in five Euo-westerns among which were "Rampage at Apache Wells" (1965), "Thunder at the Border" (1966) and "The Hellhound of Alaska" (1973). Harald died from lung cancer on November 21, 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today we remember Harald Leipnitz on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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