Friday, January 25, 2013

Remembering Willi Neuenhahn

Wilhelm ‘Willi’ Neuehahn was born on January 25, 1918 in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. Mover, shopkeeper, policeman, jailer, truck driver, blacksmith, farmer, LPG ​​Chairman, bouncer - these are just some of the professions that the powerfully built Willi has played in numerous theatrical and television films. His artistic career began after the 2nd World War in Köthen, Germany and lead him and his wife, the singer Lenore Henke, to Potsdam in the mid-1950s. Neuehahn spent a few years with the ensemble of Hans Otto Theatre, before he worked freelance, especially in film and television. Over time, he worked in more than 100 feature films, and certainly far more than 150 television productions. The roles were not always much, sometimes just a few seconds of an appearance. But Neuehahn is striking at times, coarse and dense, sometimes sympathetic, or even an intelligent farmer. Aside from acting, the artist had an interesting hobby: During his vacations on the Baltic Sea, he searched for fossils and other valuable artifacts, which he eventually donated to the Marine Museum in Dranske. Neuehahn appeared in two Euro-westerns 1970s “Osceola” as a machinist and “Kit & Co” (1974) as Arbeiter. – (Volker Wachter). Wilhelm died on August 25, 1993 in Postdam, Brandenburg, Germany. Today we remember Willi Neuehahn on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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