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Siegfried Rauch

Siegfried Rauch German film and television actor

German film and television actor
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German film and television actor
A.K.A. Sigi
Countries Germany
Occupations Actor Singer Stage actor Film actor
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 2 April 1932 (Landsberg am Lech)
Death 11 March 2018 (Obersöchering)
Star sign AriesAries
Education Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
The details

Siegfried Rauch (2 April 1932 – 11 March 2018) was a German film and television actor. In a career spanning over 60 years, he appeared in several international film productions and had leading roles in numerous German television productions.


Siegfried Rauch was born in Landsberg am Lech, Upper Bavaria. He studied drama at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and also attended private drama lessons. He began performing in theatres in 1958, beginning with Bremen (until 1962), and followed by Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.

In the 1970s, Rauch appeared in the 1970 Hollywood film Patton as Captain Steiger. In Le Mans (1971), Rauch played the race driver Erich Stahler who is Steve McQueen's rival. In Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One, Rauch played a German army sergeant, the counterpart of Lee Marvin's character, who experiences the same events as Marvin only from a German perspective. Other Hollywood productions in which Rauch appeared were The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Escape to Athena (1979).

His most famous leading role on 1970s German television was Thomas Lieven in Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (It Can't Always Be Caviar), based on the spy novel by Johannes Mario Simmel. His various other roles on television propelled his career as an actor in Germany.

From 1999 Rauch had one of the leading roles as the captain on Das Traumschiff, one of the most-watched television series in Germany. In this role he was preceded by Heinz Weiss and succeeded by Sascha Hehn. He also appeared regularly in other German TV productions, including Der Bergdoktor, and remained active until his death.

Personal life

Siegfried Rauch, also known as "Sigi", lived near Weilheim in the Bavarian Alps. Rauch was married to Karin and had two sons. Steve McQueen was the godfather of his son Jakob.

Rauch died on 11 March 2018 from sudden heart failure which caused him to fall down stairs at a fire station near his home in Obersöchering near Munich. He was 85 years old.

Selected filmography

  • The Vulture Wally (1956) .... Leander
  • The Hunter of Fall (1956) .... Toni, Wilderer
  • Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen (1966) .... Nitro
  • Le Saint prend l'affût (1966) .... Johnny K.W. Mest (uncredited)
  • Spy Today, Die Tomorrow (1967) .... Tazzio
  • Der Mönch mit der Peitsche (1967) .... Frank Keeney
  • Kommissar X – Drei blaue Panther (1968) .... Anthony
  • The Zombie Walks (1968) .... Dr. Brand
  • Peter und Sabine (1968) .... Dr. Petter, Klassenlehrer
  • Ein dreifach Hoch dem Sanitätsgefreiten Neumann (1968) .... Sanitätsgefreiter Neumann
  • Patton (1970) .... Capt. Oskar Steiger
  • O Happy Day (1970) .... Chauffeur
  • Nous n'irons plus au bois (1970) .... Werner
  • Engel, die ihre Flügel verbrennen (1970) .... 1. Kommissar
  • Le Mans (1971) .... Erich Stahler
  • Pas folle la guêpe (1972)
  • Little Mother (1973) .... Colonel Pinares
  • The Hunter of Fall (1974) .... Huisen-Toni
  • Zwei himmlische Dickschädel (1974) .... Lenz
  • Stolen Heaven (1974) .... Jungpfarrer Franz Gruber
  • The Eagle Has Landed (1976) .... Sgt. Brandt
  • It Can't Always Be Caviar (TV miniseries, 1977) .... Thomas Lieven
  • Die Standarte [de] (1977) .... Graf Bottenlauben
  • Waldrausch (1977) .... Krispin
  • The Uranium Conspiracy (1978) .... The Baron
  • Escape to Athena (1979) .... Lt. Braun
  • Flashpoint Africa (1980) .... Joe
  • The Big Red One (1980) .... Sgt. Schroeder
  • Contamination (1980) .... Hamilton
  • Niemand weint für immer [de] (1984) .... Hans van Wielligh
  • Popcorn und Paprika (1984) .... Sigi
  • Das Traumschiff (1986, 1997, 1999–2014, TV series) ... Kapitän Paulsen
  • Death Stone (1987) .... Hemingway
  • Fire, Ice and Dynamite (1990) .... Larry
  • Sons of Trinity (1995) .... Parker
  • Geregelte Verhältnisse (2001) .... Anton Fenzl
  • Kreuzfahrt ins Glück (2007–2013, TV series) ... Kapitän Paulsen
  • Der Bergdoktor (2008–2018, TV series) .... Dr. Roman Melchinger (final appearance)
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