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Helmut Griem
German actor and theatre director

Helmut Griem

Helmut Griem
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Intro German actor and theatre director
Was Theater professional Actor Theatre director Stage actor Film actor
From Germany
Field Arts Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 6 April 1932, Hamburg
Death 19 November 2004, Munich (aged 72 years)
Star sign Aries
Helmut Griem
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Helmut Griem (6 April 1932 – 19 November 2004) was a German film, television and stage actor and director.


Born in Hamburg, Griem was primarily a German-speaking stage actor, appearing at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Munich Kammerspiele, and finally in the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, also in Munich.

Among his many film and TV appearances was one in NBC's Peter the Great as the formidable Tsar's lifelong friend and "right hand" Alexander Menshikov, alongside Maximilian Schell. His role in the Academy Award-winning film Cabaret (1972) as the wealthy Baron Maximilian von Heune is probably his best-known international performance. Other performances include his work in The Damned, The McKenzie Break, and Ludwig. He starred in the television mini-series The Devil's Lieutenant directed by John Goldschmidt, adapted by Jack Rosenthal and based on the novel by Maria Fagyas, for Channel 4 and ZDF.

Despite his success in film, the theatre remained at the heart of Griem's work, and he performed in many classic roles from both the German and English-language repertoire. Later in his career Griem turned to theatre direction, including Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill.

Before his death, he had planned to direct the Botho Strauss play, Die eine und die andere (This One and The Other). Griem twice won the Bambi Award: in 1961 and in 1976. He died in Munich in 2004.


Helmut Griem (left) in 1954
Title Author Role Director
Intrigue and Love Friedrich Schiller Ferdinand Willi Schmidt
Leonce and Lena Georg Büchner Leonce Hans Bauer
As You Like It William Shakespeare Orlando Willi Schmidt
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Tom Willi Schmidt
Richard II William Shakespeare Title Role Hans Lietzau
The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov Lopachin Hans Lietzau
The Philanthropist Christopher Hampton Philipp Dieter Dorn
The Prince of Homburg Heinrich von Kleist Title Role Hans Lietzau
The Maids Jean Genet Claire Dieter Dorn
Philoctetes Heiner Müller Title Role Hans Lietzau
Die Räuber Friedrich Schiller Karl Moor Hans Lietzau
My Fair Lady Lerner and Loewe Professor Higgins August Everding
Troilus and Cressida William Shakespeare Thersites Dieter Dorn
Faust Johann Wolfgang Goethe Title Role Dieter Dorn
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee George Martin Meltge


Date Title Roles Director With...
1960 Fabrik der Offiziere (de) Oberleutnant Krafft Frank Wisbar
Written by Hans Hellmut Kirst
Horst Frank
1961 Girl from Hong Kong Franz Peter Wirth Akiko Wakabayashi and Hanns Lothar
Barbara Frank Wisbar Harriet Andersson
1962 Oggi a Berlino (it) (Today in Berlin) Piero Vivarelli
Written by Piero Vivarelli, Giuseppe Isani
1963 À cause, à cause d'une femme Michel Deville Mylène Demongeot and Jacques Charrier
1969 The Damned Luchino Visconti Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Berger
1970 The McKenzie Break Lamont Johnson Brian Keith
1972 Cabaret Bob Fosse Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey and Fritz Wepper
Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass Volker Schlöndorff Senta Berger
Ludwig Luchino Visconti Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Gert Fröbe, Trevor Howard and Silvana Mangano
1975 Children of Rage Dr. David Shalom Arthur Allan Seidelman Olga Georges-Picot
1976 The Clown Hans Schnier Vojtěch Jasný
Written by Heinrich Böll
Hanna Schygulla and Hans Christian Blech
Le Désert des Tartares Lieutenant Simeon Valerio Zurlini Vittorio Gassman, Laurent Terzieff, Max von Sydow, Philippe Noiret, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Fernando Rey, Giuliano Gemma and Francisco Rabal
Voyage of the Damned Otto Schiendick Stuart Rosenberg Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant, Max von Sydow, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Orson Welles, Katharine Ross, Ben Gazzara, Fernando Rey, José Ferrer, Maria Schell and Julie Harris
1978 Germany in Autumn Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
Volker Schlöndorff,
Edgar Reitz,
Alexander Kluge, et al.
The Glass Cell Hans W. Geißendörfer Brigitte Fossey and Bernhard Wicki
Mannen i skuggan (sv) Arne Mattsson Slobodan Dimitrijević
Les Rendez-vous d'Anna Chantal Akerman Aurore Clément
1979 Breakthrough Andrew V. McLaglen Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger and Curd Jürgens
Die Hamburger Krankheit Peter Fleischmann Fernando Arrabal
1980 Put on Ice Lehrer Brasch Bernhard Sinkel Ángela Molina and Martin Benrath
1981 Malou Martin Jeanine Meerapfel Ingrid Caven and Ivan Desny
Stachel im Fleisch (de) Hans Heidi Genée Barbara Lass
1982 Elective Affinities (TV film) Claude Chabrol Stéphane Audran
La Passante du Sans-Souci Jacques Rouffio Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli
Versuchung (pl) (TV film) Krzysztof Zanussi Maja Komorowska and Eva Maria Meineke
1984 The Devil's Lieutenant (TV film) John Goldschmidt Ian Charleson, Barbara De Rossi and Claudine Auger
1986 Peter the Great (TV miniseries) Alexander Menshikov Marvin J. Chomsky,
Lawrence Schiller
Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Laurence Olivier, Omar Sharif, Lilli Palmer, Ursula Andress, Hanna Schygulla, Elke Sommer and Trevor Howard
Caspar David Friedrich – Grenzen der Zeit (de) Carl Gustav Carus Peter Schamoni Sabine Sinjen and Hans Peter Hallwachs
1987 The Second Victory Karl Fischer Gerald Thomas Anthony Andrews and Max von Sydow
1988 Faust (de) Faust Dieter Dorn
(Filmed theatre performance)
Romuald Pekny (de), Sunnyi Melles and Cornelia Froboess
1989 A proposito di quella strana ragazza Marco Leto Joely Richardson
1990 The Plot to Kill Hitler (TV film) Lawrence Schiller Brad Davis and Ian Richardson
Landläufiger Tod (TV film) Michael Schottenberg Paulus Manker and Mercedes Echerer
1993 Charlemagne, le prince à cheval (TV miniseries) Clive Donner Christian Brendel (fr), Anny Duperey and Frank Finlay
1995 Brennendes Herz Gustav Regler Peter Patzak Dominique Sanda, Thomas Kretschmann, Dieter Laser and John Phillip Law

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