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Hugo Thimig
Actor, director, and director of the Burgtheater in Vienna

Hugo Thimig

Hugo Thimig
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Intro Actor, director, and director of the Burgtheater in Vienna
A.K.A. Hugo August Thimig
Was Actor Stage actor
From Germany
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 16 June 1854, Dresden
Death 24 September 1944, Vienna (aged 90 years)
Children: Helene Thimig
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Hugo August Thimig (16 June 1854 – 24 September 1944), although born in Germany, spent his working life in Austria as an actor, director, and director of the Burgtheater in Vienna.


Thimig was the founding father of one of Austria's most famous theatrical families, but was born in Dresden, the son of a shoemaker. He worked in a grocery and attended a trade school before making several appearances on stage as an amateur in his home town. He made his professional debut in October 1872 in the town theatre of Bautzen. Within only two years, via the theatres in Zittau, Kamenz and Freiberg, Saxony, and the Lobe-Theater in Breslau, he obtained an engagement at the Burgtheater, and arrived in Vienna in 1874 to take it up. A week before his 20th birthday he gave his first performance there as Didier in Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer's Die Grille.

Thimig began as a "shy lover", but soon developed into both comic and serious character roles, and his career soon took off. As early as 1881 he was appointed Hofrat, in 1897 he directed his first play, and from 1912 to 1917 he was also director of the Burgtheater, from which he had long since obtained a contract for life plus entitlement to a pension.

After his retirement in 1924 at the age of seventy he moved to the Theater in der Josefstadt, run by his future son-in-law Max Reinhardt, where he stayed until 1933, when he finally withdrew into private life, aged almost 80. The Theater in der Josefstadt was known in Vienna in the 1920s as the "Thimig Theatre", as besides the father, his three acting children were also engaged there: Helene Thimig, at first the partner and later the wife of Reinhardt, and her younger brother Hermann Thimig. The youngest of the three, Hans Thimig, joined them a little later. The entire family from then on worked in either the Burgtheater or the Theater in der Josefstadt.

Thimig was a passionate collector of theatrical items and memorabilia. His collection of documents and objects formed the basis of the collections of the Austrian Theatre Museum in the Palais Lobkowitz in Vienna.

His grave is in the Sievering Cemetery in the 19th district of Vienna, next to that of his wife Franziska (née Hummel; 1867–1944).


  • 1942: Goethe-Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft, awarded by Adolf Hitler
  • 1944: Ring of Honour of the City of Vienna (Ehrenring der Stadt Wien)
  • A street - Thimiggasse - is named after Hugo Thimig in Währing, the 18th district of Vienna
  • Ernst Klee: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, p. 611.

Selected filmography

  • Clothes Make the Man (1921)
  • Tales of Old Vienna (1923)
  • Never the Twain (1926)
  • Gold on the Street (1930)

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