Horst Jonischkan was born on May 19, 1938 in Liepaja, Latvia. Even during his early school years Jonischkan acted in various school plays, which aroused his passion for the theater. Later he became a full-time thespian, took private acting lessons from Marie Borchardt and studied until 1961 at the School for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, where he finished and received his diploma.
During his studies Jonischkan debuted as an actor at the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin, and appeared in a small supporting roles as an actor before the camera in DEFA films. This was followed by several film and television productions for DEFA and GDR television, such as the anti-fascist film “Das Lied vom Trompeter”, which made him well known. His one Euro-western was as Adams in “The Sons of Great Bear” (1966)
In addition to his work as a film actor Jonischkan appeared on stage in the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, in Brandenburg, Görlitz and Stendal.
Horst died in Rostock East Germany on October 31, 1979.
Today we remember Horst Jonischkan on what would have been his 75th birthday.
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