Friday, July 13, 2012

Remembering Walter Bechmann

Actor Walter Bechmann was born as Hubert Freiherr von Mauchenheim in Blankenbur, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany on July 13, 1887.. He was a very popular supporting actor from the middle of the 1930's and was a very busy actor till the collapse of the Third Reich. His early films include "Ein idealer Gatte" (1935), "Togger" (1937), "Gewehr über" (1939), "Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes", "Kitty und die Weltkonferenz" and his only Euro-western “Water for Canitoga" (all 1939).

During World War II he took part in propaganda films as well as entertainment movies. To his well-known works of those years belong "Jud Süss" (1940), "Quax der Bruchpilot", "Kora Terry" (both 41), "Meine Frau Teresa", "Rembrandt" (both 1942), "Romanze in Moll" (1943) and "Peter Voss, der Millionendieb" (1945). He only appeared in a few more movies after the war, among them were "Der Biberpelz" (1949) and "Die Spur führt nach Berlin" (1952).

Bechmann died on May 3, 1967 in West Berlin, Germany.

Today we remember Walter Bechmann on what would have been his 125th birthday.

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