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Werner Dissel

Werner Dissel

German actor
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German actor
A.K.A. Dissel
Countries Germany
Occupations Film director Stage actor Film actor Resistance fighter
Gender male
Birth 26 August 1912 (Cologne)
Death 22 January 2003 (Wildpark-West)
Star sign Virgo
Politics Communist Party of Germany
The details

Werner Friedrich Dissel (26 August 1912 – 22 January 2003) was a German actor and director.


Dissel's began working as a newspaper photographer in the late 1920s. After the Nazis' rise to power, he became a member of an antifascist group headed by Harro Schulze-Boysen, and was involved in the resistance newspaper Wille zum Reich. Dissel was caught and imprisoned from 1937 to 1939. During his time in prison, the Gestapo arranged for Boysen to visit him, in the hope that something incriminating would be said while the two would be left alone in a tapped room; Boysen passed a cigarette pack to Dissel, on which he wrote that the police had no concrete evidence against him. After his release, Boysen convinced him to volunteer into the Wehrmacht, so he could "destroy Hitler's army from within". Dissel joined the armed forces shortly before the German Invasion of Poland, and served in a military meteorology unit. At 1942, he barely avoided an arrest during the Gestapo's crackdown on the Red Orchestra.

After the war, he openly joined the KPD and decided to pursue his old dream to become an actor. Dissel joined a cabaret in Wiesbaden, and in 1950 emigrated to East Germany. There he appeared in numerous plays, TV shows and movies. He worked with the Berliner Ensemble, DEFA and DFF. He continued his acting career after the reunification. In total, he appeared in more than a hundred film and television productions.

He received the Art Prize of the German Democratic Republic at a collective awarding in October 1986.

Selected filmography

  • 1954 - Ernst Thälmann.
  • 1958 - Les Misérables
  • 1959 - Bevor der Blitz einschlägt
  • 1959 - The Goodies
  • 1959 - Goods For Catalonia
  • 1959 - Love's Confusion
  • 1961 - The Gleiwitz Case
  • 1963 - Naked among Wolves.
  • 1970 - Liberation.
  • 1988 - Fallada: The Last Chapter.
  • 1989 - Coming Out.
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