Monday, February 12, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Franz Biehler

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]


Franz Biehler was a German an opera singer and silent film actor. IMDb lists three films he appeared in. Biehler recorded for several labels including Vovalion, Parlophon, Polyphonic and Arcade.

He was a pupil of Freitag-Bexse in Stuttgart and made his debut at the Nuremberg City Theatre in 1915. In 1920 he went to the State Theatre of Schwerin, in 1922 to the State Theatre of Wiesbaden, where he sang until 1929 under Otto Klemperer, among others. From 1929 to 1934 he was engaged at the Nuremberg City Theatre, where he was also stage director. His repertoire, which included both serious and buffo roles, includes: the Landgrave in 'Tannhäuser', Klingsor in 'Parsifal', Falstaff in Nicolai's 'Merry Wives', 'Tosca', the Devil in Siegfried Wagner's 'Bearskin', the Knight Albrecht in 'Sunflames' by the same composer and Gianni Schicchi in Puccini's opera of the same name. In 1928 he took part in the German premiere of the opera 'Madonna Imperia' by F. Alfano in Wiesbaden. His voice developed into an excellent buffo; his special highlight was Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger, which he sang on many German stages.

His only Euro-western was in 1922’s “Das Mädchen aus dem goldenen Westen” a silent version of “The Girl of the Golden West” directed by Hans Werckmeister [1879-1929] and starring George Alexander [1888-1945]

BIEHLER, Franz [1882, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany – 2/12/1935, Germany] – singer, film actor.

Das Mädchen aus dem goldenen Westen - 1922

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