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Karl Lieffen

Karl Lieffen

The basics
Quick Facts
Intro actor
A.K.A. Lieffen
Countries Germany
Occupations Voice actor Stage actor Film actor
Gender male
Birth 17 May 1926 (Osek)
Death 13 January 1999 (Starnberg)
Star sign Taurus
The details

Karl Lieffen (17 May 1926 – 13 January 1999), born Karel František Lifka, was a German film actor. He appeared in over 140 films on screen and television between 1949 and 1998.

He was born in Ossegg (Osek), Czechoslovakia and attended drama classes at Brunswick and the Heer School of Music in Bückeburg. In 1946 he started his theatre career in Freiburg followed by engagements at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt. In 1975 he joined the ensemble of the Bavarian State Theatre (Residenz Theatre) in Munich. From the 1950s on Lieffen became known to a wider public for his film appearances, like the role of the brisk chauffeur Fritz in Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three. He died in Starnberg, Germany.

Selected filmography

  • The Beggar Student (1956)
  • A Song Goes Round the World (1958)
  • Mikosch, the Pride of the Company (1958)
  • Dorothea Angermann (1959)
  • Nick Knattertons Abenteuer [de] (1959) - (Based on the German Comic Strip Nick Knatterton)
  • Conny and Peter Make Music (1960)
  • The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi) (1961)
  • The Phony American (Toller Hecht auf krummer Tour) (1961)
  • One, Two, Three (1961)
  • Piccadilly Zero Hour 12 (Piccadilly null Uhr zwölf) (1963)
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color : The Waltz King [de] (1963)
  • The Pirates of the Mississippi (1963)
  • The Defector (1966)
  • Jack of Diamonds (1967)
  • Heidi (TV movie) (1968)
  • Dem Täter auf der Spur (TV series) (1968-1973)
  • Angels of the Street (1969)
  • Derrick - Season 1, Episode 01: "Waldweg" (TV series) (1974)
  • Tadellöser & Wolff [de] (TV miniseries) (1975)
  • Derrick - Season 4, Episode 01: "Yellow He" (TV series) (1977)
  • Goetz von Berlichingen of the Iron Hand (1979)
  • Derrick - Season 9, Episode 4: "Ein Fall für Harry" (TV series) (1982)
  • The Roaring Fifties (1983)
  • Otto – Der Film (1985)
  • Rohe Ostern [de] (1996)
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