Thursday, April 24, 2014

RIP Peter Schiff

Stage, TV and voice actor Peter Schiff died of pneumonia in Berlin, Germany on April 17, 2014. He was 89.  Schiff was born as the son of theater directors Dr. Hermann Shiff and actress Louise Schulz-Waida. He learned the acting profession at Marlise Ludwig in Berlin in 1951 and received his first engagement at the theater in Greiz. In addition to numerous appearances at the Berlin theater stages, he appeared in many television productions. In the 1960s, Schiff also worked as a spokesperson for radio play productions and included, among other things, a regular cast of Michael Orth's puppet show "The Kullerköpfe".
Schiff also worked as a voice actor translating foreign films into German. In 1968, he lent his voice to the computer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Schiff was the German voice of Davor Antolic in "Frontier Hellcat" (1964), Benito Stefanelli in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966), Allan Collins in "Sabata" (1969), Victor Isreal in "Catlow" (1971), Robert Duvall in "Lawman" (1972).

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