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Heinrich Schweiger
Austrian actor

Heinrich Schweiger

Heinrich Schweiger
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Intro Austrian actor
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From Austria
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 23 July 1931, Vienna, Austria
Death 14 July 2009, Salzburg, Austrian Empire (aged 78 years)
Star sign Leo
Spouse: Ursula Stenzel
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Heinrich Schweiger (July 23, 1931, Vienna – July 14, 2009) was a Viennese film and stage actor who played leading roles at the Burgtheater on the Ring beginning in 1949. Among the plays in which he starred were Schiller’s Don Carlos, Shakespeare’s Othello and Richard III and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera.

The actor’s last roles were in Wallenstein, Franz Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns and in an ORF TV series.

Early life and career

After studying at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, he debuted at the Burgtheater at the age of 18. His breakthrough role came at the age of 22 in Arthur Schnitzler's Komtesse Mizzi.

He had roles in the 1960s at the Freien Volksbühne in Berlin under Erwin Piscator and the city’s Theater am Kurfürstendamm under Leonard Steckel. In the 1970s he played at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg under Boy Gobert.

Schweiger also took on the roles of the devil and mammon for 12 years in Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival and had guest roles at the Akademietheater and the Perchtoldsdorf Summer Festival.

The actor also had roles in the TV series Kommisar Rex and Ringstraßenpalais, in the films Franz Schubert – ein Leben in zwei Sätzen and Der Bockerer, and worked with the Austrian film-maker, Franz Antel.

Schweiger successfully portrayed a variety of characters with leading roles in world literature and at the same time been at home in Vienna coffee-house literature.

Schweiger married former MEP and current Vienna first district leader Ursula Stenzel in 1983. It was his third marriage. He died after suffering circulatory failure and a cerebral haemorrhage.

Part-time photography

An amateur photographer, Heinrich released the photo book Images of an actor, which was a collection of photographs started in 1983.


  • Kammerschauspieler
  • Kainz Medal
  • Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
  • Gold Medal of Vienna
  • Honorary membership of the Burgtheater
  • Honorary title of Professor (2003)

Film credits


  • Der Winzerkönig (2006, TV series), 1 episode
  • Kommissar Rex (TV series), 2 episodes
  • Der Bockerer IV – Prager Frühling (2003), as Novotny
  • Ein Hund kam in die Küche (2002, TV film), as Vater Blum
  • Edelweiss (2001, TV film), as Erich Dorfmeister
  • Der Bockerer III – Die Brücke von Andau (2000), as Oberst Novotny


  • Schlosshotel Orth (1999, TV series), 1 episode
  • Der Unfisch (1997), as Herr Fink
  • Die Schuld der Liebe (1997), as Dr. Bredow
  • Der Bockerer 2 (1996), as Major Franz Nowotny
  • Ein Richter zum Küssen (1995, TV film)
  • The Broken Jug (1995, TV film), as Adam
  • The Mixer (1992, TV series), 1 episode
  • Strauss Dynasty (1991, TV miniseries)
  • Die Kaffeehaus-Clique (1990, TV film)


  • Heiteres Bezirksgericht (1988, TV series)
  • Der Madonna-Mann [de] (1987), as Arthur/Otto Weigand
  • Tatort (TV series, 1975–1987), 4 episodes
    • Wunschlos tot (1987, TV series), 1 episode, as Peischl
    • Blütenträume (1983, TV series), 1 episode, as Enzo Neumeier
    • Der King (1979, TV series), 1 episode, as Königsmann
    • Urlaubsmord (1975, TV series), 1 episode, as Tornay
  • Echo Park (1986), as August's father
  • Erdsegen (1986, TV film), a.k.a. Blessings of the Earth (US) as Dr. von Stein
  • Flucht ohne Ende (1985, TV film), as Iwan
  • Milionite na Privalov (1983, TV series) a.k.a. Милионите на Привалов (Bulgaria: Bulgarian title) a.k.a. Privalov's Millions (Europe: English title)
  • Ringstraßenpalais (TV series, 1981–1983), 10 episodes, as Eduard Baumann
  • Mrs. Harris - Ein Kleid von Dior (1982, TV film), as Peter Wallace
  • Jägerschlacht (1982) a.k.a. Der Rächer vom Schallerhof, as J.B. Mayer
  • Georg Friedrich Händels Auferstehung (1980, TV film)


  • Die großen Sebastians (1979, TV film), as General Zadok
  • The Man in the Rushes (1978) , as Mostbaumer
  • Iphigenia auf Tauris (1978, TV film)
  • Hiob (1978, TV miniseries)
  • Die Elixiere des Teufels [de] (1976) a.k.a. The Elixirs of the Devil, as the Pope
  • Bomber & Paganini [de] (1976), as Mr. Dobermann
  • Übernachtung in Tirol (1974, TV film), as Strupp
  • Verurteilt 1910 (1974, TV film), as Max Winter
  • Zwei im siebenten Himmel (1974) a.k.a. Two in Seventh Heaven, as Oskar Ritz
  • Traumstadt [de] (1973) a.k.a. Dream City (US) a.k.a. Dream Town, as Mr. Gautsch
  • Crazy - Completely Mad (1973) a.k.a. Rudi, laß das Mausen sein, as Abdullah
  • Blue Blooms the Gentian (1973), as Hans-Karl 'Hazy' Morton
  • Briefe von gestern (1972, TV film), as Josef Uhlier
  • Cry of the Black Wolves (1972), as Sam Jenkins
  • Meine Tochter - Deine Tochter (1972), as Polizeihauptmann Rausch
  • À la guerre comme à la guerre [fr] (1972) a.k.a. Le eccitanti guerre di Adeline (Italy) a.k.a. War Is Hell (US) a.k.a. War Is War (International: English title) a.k.a. Wie bitte werde ich ein Held? (West Germany), as Pavel
  • Kinderarzt Dr. Fröhlich (1972), as Professor Rodenburg
  • Sie nannten ihn Krambambuli [de] (1972) a.k.a. Was geschah auf Schloß Wildberg?, as Revierinspektor Bröschl
  • Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk (TV series, 1972), 6 episodes, as Bretschneider
  • Die heilige Johanna (1971, TV film), as Erzbischof von Reims
  • Change (1971, TV film), as Antoine
  • Ein gebildeter Hausknecht (1970, TV film), as Knitsch
  • Jedermann (1970, TV film)
  • Das Bastardzeichen (1970, TV film) a.k.a. Bend Sinister (International: English title), as Paduk


  • Frau Wirtin hat auch eine Nichte (1969) a.k.a. House of Pleasure (UK) (US: video title) a.k.a. Il trionfo della casta Susanna (Italy), as Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Frau Wirtin hat auch einen Grafen (1968) a.k.a. Sexy Susan Sins Again (UK: dubbed version) (US) a.k.a. A fogadósnénak is van egy (Hungary) a.k.a. Oui à l'amour, non à la guerre (France) a.k.a. Susanna... ed i suoi dolci vizi alla corte del re (Italy), as Napoleon
  • Tragödie auf der Jagd (1968, TV film), as Graf
  • Postlagernd Opernball - Die Affäre Redl (1967, TV film), as Egon Erwin Kisch
  • Der rasende Reporter - Egon Erwin Kisch (1967, TV film) a.k.a. Der rasende Reporter (West Germany: short title), as Egon Erwin Kisch
  • Professor Bernhardi (1964, TV film)
  • Elf Jahre und ein Tag (1963) a.k.a. Eleven Years and One Day (International: English title), as Stumpf
  • Deutschland – deine Sternchen [de] (1962) a.k.a. Die ihre Haut zu Markte tragen (Austria), as Klamm
  • Becket oder Die Ehre Gottes (1962, TV film), as Der König
  • Jedermann (1961), as Der Teufel


  • The Beautiful Adventure (1959) a.k.a. Das schöne Abenteuer, as César
  • Das Licht der Liebe (1954), as Paul Zeller
  • Franz Schubert (1953), as Franz Schubert
  • A Night in Venice (1953) a.k.a. Komm in die Gondel, as Enrico
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