Bruno Carstens was born on October 26, 1918 in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany. – He grew up in Hamburg and actually wanted to become a sea captain, and spent four years at sea and was a sailor at the beginning of World War II. He was captured by the Russians and spent the war in Soviet captivity. He made his debut as an actor during the captivity on the stage of the prison camp near Karaganda (U.S.S.R.).
After his return from captivity Bruno studied for a year at the Deutsches Theater in Weimar Institute. After exposure in Weimar, Leipzig and Brandenburg / Havel, he finally moved in 1959 to Berlin and became a member of the the Berliner Ensemble.
During the 1950's along with his theater work he appeared in numerous film and television productions sometimes in the capacity of assistant director.. Carstens was often seen in DEFA film in supporting roles. He appeared in five Euro-western DEFA films from “Fatal Error” (1969) as McLaurin to “The Long Ride from School” in 1981.
He received bigger roles in East German television broadcasts such as Captain Wernicke in the ‘Blue Light series, 1959-68, and in 1962’s ‘Temple of Satan’. Later he appeared mainly in smaller roles such as various guest appearances on "Police 110".
Carstens was married to actress Iseult Kilian [1924–1986] from 1965-1986.
Bruno Carstens died in Saalfield, Thuringia, Germany on October 30, 2001.
Today we remember Bruno Carstens on what would have been his 95th birthday.