Biography

Gustaf Gründgens (22 December 1899 – 7 October 1963), born Gustav Heinrich Arnold Gründgens, was one of Germany's most famous and influential actors of the 20th century, and artistic director of theatres in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg. His career continued unimpeded through the years of the Nazi regime; the extent to which this can be considered as deliberate collaboration with the Nazis is hotly disputed.

His best known roles were that of Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust in 1956/57, and as "Der Schränker" (The Safecracker) who is the chief judge of the kangaroo court presiding over Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's M.

Gustaf Gründgens (22 December 1899 – 7 October 1963), born Gustav Heinrich Arnold Gründgens, was one of Germany's most famous and influential actors of the 20th century, and artistic director of theatres in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg. His career continued unimpeded through the years of the Nazi regime; the extent to which this can be considered as deliberate collaboration with the Nazis is hotly disputed.

His best known roles were that of Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust in 1956/57, and as "Der Schränker" (The Safecracker) who is the chief judge of the kangaroo court presiding over Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's M.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 33

Birthday 1899-12-21

Day of Death 1963-10-07

Place of Birth Düsseldorf, Germany

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • -

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1960 Faust as Mephisto
1960 A Glass of Water as Sir Henry St. John
1941 Friedemann Bach as Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
1941 Uncle Kruger as Joseph Chamberlain
1938 Tanz auf dem Vulkan as Jean-Gaspard Debureau
1937 Love in Stunt Flying as Jack Warren
1936 Eine Frau ohne Bedeutung as Lord George Illingworth
1935 Pygmalion as Professor Higgins
1935 Joan of Arc as König Karl VII. von Frankreich
1935 Hundert Tage as Fouché
1934 Das Erbe von Pretoria as Eugen Schliebach
1934 So Ended a Great Love as Count Metternich
1934 Black Fighter Johanna as Dr. Frost, politischer Agent
1933 Le Tunnel as Woolf
1933 Der Tunnel as Mr. Woolf
1933 Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez as Alexander
1933 Love Story as Baron von Eggersdorf
1933 Liebelei as Baron v. Eggersdorff
1932 Teilnehmer antwortet nicht as Fahrlehrer
1932 The Countess of Monte Cristo as Der 'Baron' Hochstapler
1931 Yorck as Karl August Fürst von Hardenberg
1931 Luise, Königin von Preußen as König Friedrich Wilhelm III
1931 Der Raub der Mona Lisa as Unbekannter
1931 M as Crime Boss Schränker
1931 Danton as Robespierre
1930 Fire in the Opera House as Otto van Lingen
1930 Hokuspokus as Staatsanwalt Dr.Wilke
1930 Ich glaub' nie mehr an eine Frau as Jean

Directing

1964 Don Gil von den grünen Hosen Director
1960 Faust Director
1941 Friedemann Bach Director
1940 Two Worlds Director
1939 Der Schritt vom Wege Director
1937 Love in Stunt Flying Director
1934 Die Finanzen des Großherzogs Director
1933 Eine Stadt steht kopf Director

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.

Global

s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page