Monday, February 11, 2013

RIP Fred Alexander

German film actor Fred Alexander died in his native city of Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany on December 15, 2012. He was 85. Alexander, whose real name was Alfred Beeh was born in Augsburg on June 16, 1927. During World War II military service he became a prisoner of war. After the war he attended Falckenberg Drama School in Munich from 1948-51 and also took singing lessons. He made his stage debut in 1951-1952 at the State Theatre in Munich. He then worked in Bochum and then in 1956 came to East Germany and was active in theaters in Quedlinburg, Stassfurt, Frankfurt, Güstrow, Senftenberg, Halle and Leipzig. From 1967 to 1976, he was engaged in Berlin at the Volksbühne and later in Leipzig. Since then, his theater work was at the forefront of his career. Since the 1960s, he worked most often at the DEFA studios and television network, and then turned to the Soviet Union, Poland, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia and eventually ended up working in Hong Kong. Additionally, he was the popular cartoon character voice for "Arthur the Angel" a successful Hungarian TV series. Alexander rose to fame in children's television as "Master Friedemann", he was seen in several different roles in 70 episodes of the popular science television series "Aha." It should also be mentioned that he was the moderator of the television show “Liebe, Rosen und Champagnerlove”. Fred appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Tecumseh” 1972 as Leather Lip, “Death for Zapata” (1976) as Juan and was the German voice of Guido Lollobrigida for “A Man, His Pride a Vengeance” (1967). 

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