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Josef Meinrad
Austrian actor

Josef Meinrad

Josef Meinrad
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Intro Austrian actor
A.K.A. Josef Moučka
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor Film director
From Austria
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 21 April 1913, Vienna, Austria
Death 18 February 1996, Großgmain, Austria (aged 82 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Josef Meinrad (21 April 1913 – 18 February 1996) was an Austrian actor. From 1959 until his death in 1996, Meinrad held the Republic of Austria's Iffland-Ring, which passes from actor to actor — each bequeathing the ring to the next holder, judging that actor to be the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre"


Josef Meinrad was born Josef Moučka in Vienna, as the fourth and youngest child of the tram driver Franz Moučka and his second wife Katharina. For his secondary education, he received a scholarship in a school run by Redemptorists in Katzelsdorf near Wiener Neustadt. At first, he wanted to become a priest, but he left the boarding school in 1929 and began a commercial apprenticeship, while taking acting lessons.

He made his public acting debut during a theatre festival at Korneuburg in 1930, by which time he called himself Josef Meinrad. Nevertheless, he finished his training and worked as a commercial clerk until 1935. From that time on, he performed on various smaller stages, passing his acting exam in 1937. His first brief engagement at the Vienna Burgtheater was in 1939, he then played at the German Theatre in Metz, mainly in front of Wehrmacht soldiers.

Waiting for his stage entry in Jedermann, Salzburg 1947

After the war, Meinrad again performed in Vienna. At the Salzburg Festival in 1947 he appeared in Jedermann. Later that year, Meinrad became a full-time permanent member of the Burgtheater company and was part of that ensemble until his 65th birthday in 1978. He played 195 roles on that stage and was famous for his performances in comedies by Johann Nestroy and Ferdinand Raimund. In 1968 he played the title role in the German-language premiere of Dale Wasserman's musical Man of La Mancha at the Theater an der Wien. He also appeared in several Films and TV series, chiefly known for his role as an adjutant in the Sissi trilogy starring Romy Schneider.

Meinrad was the keeper of the Iffland-Ring, which for 200 years has been given to the most important actor of the German-speaking theatre; he passed the ring on to Bruno Ganz.

From 1950 until his death he was married to Germaine Renée Clement, who died in 2006. Meinrad died in 1996 from cancer, aged 82, in Großgmain and is buried there.

Honours and awards

  • 1955: Appointed Kammerschauspieler
  • 1959: Received the Iffland-Ring
  • 1961: Blue Ribbon Award from the National Council Screen
  • 1963: Kainz Medal
  • 1963: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
  • 1973: Honorary Member of the Vienna Burgtheater
  • 1980: Honorary Ring of the city of Bregenz
  • 1983: Raymund Ring of the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture
  • 1983: Honorary Ring of the Vienna
  • 1985: Nestroy Ring
  • 1997: Josef Meinrad-Platz near the Vienna Burgtheater


  • Die Welt dreht sich verkehrt (1947), as Agha
  • Fregola (1948), as Dr. Wegscheider
  • Anni (1948), as Heinrich Buchgraber
  • The Trial (1948, about the Tiszaeszlár affair), as Bary, investigating judge
  • Rendezvous im Salzkammergut (1948), as Peter Baumkirchner
  • Das Siegel Gottes (1949), as Father Clemens
  • Nothing But Coincidence (1949), as Willy Wendel
  • Bonus on Death (1950), as Seaman
  • Jetzt schlägt's 13 (1950), as Dr. Mario Jaconis
  • Erzherzog Johanns große Liebe (1950), as A friend of Archduke Johann
  • Theodore the Goalkeeper (1950), as Theo Haslinger Jr.
  • Love and Blood (1951), as Otto
  • Shadows Over Naples (1951), as Otto Schulz
  • The Colourful Dream (1952), as Tobby Busch
  • 1. April 2000 (1952), as Prime Minister of Austria
  • The Spendthrift (1953), as Valentin
  • Weg in die Vergangenheit (1954), as Franz Nägele
  • Money from the Air (1954), as Stefan Gregor
  • Sissi (1955), as Major Böckl
  • Sarajevo (1955), as Chauffeur
  • His Daughter is Called Peter (1955), as Dr. Felix Weininger
  • Don Juan (1955), as Leporello
  • Die Deutschmeister (1955), as Hofrat
  • The Congress Dances (1955), as Franzl Eder
  • Opera Ball (1956), as Paul Hollinger
  • Sissi – Die junge Kaiserin (1956), as Major Böckl
  • Die Trapp-Familie, 1956 (cf. The Sound of Music), as Dr. Franz Wasner
  • August, der Halbstarke (1957), as Gustl
  • Familie Schimek (1957), as Baumann
  • Goodbye, Franziska (1957), as Dr. Leitner
  • Sissi – Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957), as Major Böckl
  • Eva (1958), as Mr. Dassau
  • Solang' die Sterne glüh'n (1958), as Karl Eibisch
  • The Trapp Family in America (1958), as Dr. Franz Wasner
  • Die schöne Lügnerin [de] (1959), as Baron Hager
  • Bezaubernde Arabella (1959), as Archibald Duncan
  • Der Bauer als Millionär (1961), as Fortunatus Wurzel
  • Napoléon II l'Aiglon (1961), as Emperor Francis II
  • The Cardinal (1963), as Cardinal Innitzer
  • Liliom (1963, TV play based on Liliom), as Liliom
  • The Spendthrift (1964), as Valentin
  • Don Quixote (1965, TV miniseries based on Don Quixote), as Don Quixote
  • Pater Brown (1966–72, TV series), as Father Brown
  • Der Tod läuft hinterher [de] (1967, TV miniseries), as Gaston
  • Was ihr wollt (1973, TV play based on Twelfth Night), as Malvolio
  • Der Räuber Hotzenplotz [de] (1974), as Magician Petrosilius Zwackelmann
  • Die schöne Helena (1974, TV play based on La belle Hélène), as Menelaus
  • Gaslicht (1977, TV play based on Gaslight), as Jack Manningham
  • Es war einmal der Mensch (1978, TV series), voice of narrator and voice of Maestro, a main character (German version)
  • Ringstraßenpalais (1980, TV miniseries), as Emil Hoffeneder
  • Waldheimat (1983, TV series), as Pfarrer
  • Der Sonne entgegen (1984, TV series), as Luca
  • Die Fledermaus (1984, TV play based on Die Fledermaus), as Frosch
  • Der Unbestechliche (1984, TV play), as Theodor
  • Der Vorhang fällt (1986, TV play), as Jakob

He appeared twice in the German TV series, Der Kommissar.

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