Michael Hinz was born on December 28, 1939 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Hinz came from an acting family, his parents were Werner Hinz [1903-1985] and Ehmi Bessel [1904-1988], both actors, as well as his brother Knut [1941- ] and half-sister Dinah [1934- ].
After growing up in Berlin and Hamburg, Hinz had his first theatrical role in 1958 in Terence Rattigan's “The Sleeping Prince” at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. A year later, he starred in his first film, “Die Brücke”, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 32nd Academy Awards.
Hinz also starred in numerous films, such as “The Longest Day”, several television series, and was the voice actor for Jeff Goldblum in ‘The Ray Bradbury Theater’ and Scott Wilson in the 1967 film “In Cold Blood”.
Hinz appeared in only one Euro-western: “The Return of Halleluja” (1972) and one western TV film ‘Geronimo und die Räuber’ (1966) playing Don Alfonso. He was also the German voice of Peter Lee Lawrence in 1969’s “Garringo”.
In October 2008, Hinz was found unconscious by his wife Viktoria Brams [1944- ] at home in Munich as a result of a stroke, spending three weeks in a coma until his death on November 6.