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Robert Freitag

Robert Freitag

Swiss-Austrian actor
Robert Freitag
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Intro Swiss-Austrian actor
A.K.A. Robert Freytag, Robert Peter Freytag
Was Film director Actor Stage actor Film actor
From Switzerland Austria
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 7 April 1916, Vienna, Austria
Death 8 July 2010, Munich, Germany (aged 94 years)
Star sign AriesAries
Family
Spouse: Maria Becker
Children: Benedict FreitagOliver Tobias
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Biography

Robert Peter Freytag (7 April 1916 in Vienna – 8 July 2010 in Munich), known professionally as Robert Freitag, was an Austrian-Swiss stage and screen actor and film director.

Life

Freitag was the son of the Swiss opera singer Otto Freitag. He was trained as an actor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. During the Nazi era, he went to Switzerland, where he was active as an actor at the Schauspielhaus Zürich (Zürich playhouse). In 1945, he married the German actress Maria Becker, who had studied acting in Vienna and who since had been at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, which had benefitted from the presence of German émigrés during the Second World War. Becker became a Swiss citizen by marrying Freitag.

In 1949, Freitag began participating in the Salzburg Festival. Later he performed, among other places, at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and the Hamburger Kammerspiele, both in Hamburg.

With his wife Maria Becker and the German stage actor Will Quadflieg, he founded the Zürcher Schauspieltruppe in 1956 in Zürich, where he was also a part-time administrator. That troupe performed throughout the German-speaking countries and in the United States.

On stage, he played many classical and modern roles. Beginning in 1941, he appeared in films— in particular in the starring role in William Tell. Later, he often appeared on television.

Freitag and Maria Becker were divorced in 1966, but they continued to work together, especially in the travelling theater company Schauspieltruppe Zürich that they had founded. They had three sons, two of whom—Benedict Freitag and Oliver Tobias—became actors.

In 1994, Freitag's autobiography, Es wollt mir behagen, mit Lachen die Wahrheit zu sagen was published by Pendo Verlag.

In 2001, at the age of 85, he had a role in the made-for-TV film Die Liebenden vom Alexanderplatz (The Alexanderplatz Lovers), directed by Detlef Rönfeldt.

Freitag's second marriage, to the German actress Maria Sebaldt, lasted from 1966 until his death. They lived in Grünwald, Bavaria. They had a daughter.

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http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/kultur/aktuell/robert_freitag_gestorben_1.6507879.html
http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/kultur/theater/Ich-habe--heute--noch-Lampenfieber/story/14010024
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0293910/
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb146799554
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb146799554
https://d-nb.info/gnd/119271281
http://isni.org/isni/0000000078444788
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2009067214
http://tls.theaterwissenschaft.ch/wiki/Robert_Freitag
https://viaf.org/viaf/47567771
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2009067214
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