Friday, October 15, 2021

“Werner Pochath - Mr. Nice Guy”

 Werner Pocath: Mr. Nice Guy


A 2019 Austrian documentary [Cineplot (Vienna)]


Director: Alexander Wank


Photography: Dieter Pochath [black &white, color]


Running time: 40 minutes

Cast: Bo Svenson, Martin Balsam, Werner Pochath, Peter Hooten, Nat Kelly Cole

 “Mr. Nice Guy - Werner Pochathis” a documentary about the Austrian Icon of international Genre Cinema Werner Pochath who was active from the early 1960´s to the early 1990´s and died way too early of aids in 1993. He was active in Germany, Italy and USA and worked with almost everybody of importance. In the eighties he started a second career leg as an agent in Hollywood.

Werner Pochath was born Werner Pochlatko on September 29, 1939 in Vienna, Austria. A champion skating figure in his youth, Pochath studied acting at the prestigious Max Reinhardt Seminar in his native Vienna. Werner made his stage debut in a 1959 theatrical production of "Die Courage." Pochath moved to Rome, Italy in 1968 to initiate a career in films and subsequently went on to act in a bunch of movies in the horror, action, Western, and exploitation genres in which the uniquely intense blue-eyed and light-haired thespian was often cast as a ruthless psychopathic villain. Moreover, Werner not only also worked as a casting director, but also appeared in a handful of TV shows and continued to act on stage. Pochath was the long-term partner of noted ballet dancer, director, and choreographer John Neumeier. Werner died in Neumeier's arms at age 53 on April 18, 1993.

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