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Helmut Qualtinger was born in Vienna, Austria. He initially studied medicine, but quit university to become a newspaper reporter and film critic for local press, while beginning to write texts for cabaret performances and theater plays. Qualtinger debuted as an actor at a student theater and attended the Max Reinhardt Seminar as a guest student.

Beginning in 1947, he appeared in cabaret performances. In 1949, Qualtinger's first theatrical play, Jugend vor den Schranken, was staged in Graz. Up to 1960, Qualtinger collaborated on various cabaret programmes with the Namenlosen Ensemble made up of Gerhard Bronner, Carl Merz, Louise Martini, Peter Wehle, Georg Kreisler, and Michael Kehlmann.

Qualtinger was famous for his practical jokes. In 1951, he managed to launch a false report in several newspapers announcing a visit to Vienna of a (fictional) famous Inuit poet named Kobuk (author of "The Burning Igloo"). The reporters who assembled at the railway station however were to witness Qualtinger, in fur coat and cap, stepping from the train. Asked about his "first impressions of Vienna", the "Inuit poet" commented in broad Viennese dialect, "Haaaßis'sdo - [It's hot here]."

The short one-man play Der Herr Karl, written by Qualtinger and Carl Merz and performed by Qualtinger in 1961, made the author known across German-speaking countries. "Herr Karl", a grocery store clerk, tells the story of his life to an imaginary colleague - from the days of the Habsburg empire, the First Austrian Republic, the Austrofascist regime leading up to the Anschluss (annexation) by Nazi Germany, World War II and finally military occupation by Allied forces in the 1950s, seen from the perspective of a one who is a prototypical opportunist. Qualtinger's portrayal of the petit-bourgeois Nazi collaborator came at a time when "normality" had just been restored and Austrians' involvement in the Nazi movement was being downplayed and "forgotten", making many enemies for the author, who even received anonymous threats of murder.

Beginning in the 1970s, Qualtinger frequently performed recitals of his own and other texts, including excerpts from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and Karl Kraus' Die letzten Tage der Menschheit (The Last Days of Mankind). These recitals were highly popular and resulted in several records being published.

Qualtinger played countless theater, TV and film parts, making his final appearance in The Name of the Rose in 1986, along with Sean Connery.

Qualtinger died in Vienna on 29 September 1986, of a liver condition.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Helmut Qualtinger was born in Vienna, Austria. He initially studied medicine, but quit university to become a newspaper reporter and film critic for local press, while beginning to write texts for cabaret performances and theater plays. Qualtinger debuted as an actor at a student theater and attended the Max Reinhardt Seminar as a guest student.

Beginning in 1947, he appeared in cabaret performances. In 1949, Qualtinger's first theatrical play, Jugend vor den Schranken, was staged in Graz. Up to 1960, Qualtinger collaborated on various cabaret programmes with the Namenlosen Ensemble made up of Gerhard Bronner, Carl Merz, Louise Martini, Peter Wehle, Georg Kreisler, and Michael Kehlmann.

Qualtinger was famous for his practical jokes. In 1951, he managed to launch a false report in several newspapers announcing a visit to Vienna of a (fictional) famous Inuit poet named Kobuk (author of "The Burning Igloo"). The reporters who assembled at the railway station however were to witness Qualtinger, in fur coat and cap, stepping from the train. Asked about his "first impressions of Vienna", the "Inuit poet" commented in broad Viennese dialect, "Haaaßis'sdo - [It's hot here]."

The short one-man play Der Herr Karl, written by Qualtinger and Carl Merz and performed by Qualtinger in 1961, made the author known across German-speaking countries. "Herr Karl", a grocery store clerk, tells the story of his life to an imaginary colleague - from the days of the Habsburg empire, the First Austrian Republic, the Austrofascist regime leading up to the Anschluss (annexation) by Nazi Germany, World War II and finally military occupation by Allied forces in the 1950s, seen from the perspective of a one who is a prototypical opportunist. Qualtinger's portrayal of the petit-bourgeois Nazi collaborator came at a time when "normality" had just been restored and Austrians' involvement in the Nazi movement was being downplayed and "forgotten", making many enemies for the author, who even received anonymous threats of murder.

Beginning in the 1970s, Qualtinger frequently performed recitals of his own and other texts, including excerpts from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and Karl Kraus' Die letzten Tage der Menschheit (The Last Days of Mankind). These recitals were highly popular and resulted in several records being published.

Qualtinger played countless theater, TV and film parts, making his final appearance in The Name of the Rose in 1986, along with Sean Connery.

Qualtinger died in Vienna on 29 September 1986, of a liver condition.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Helmut Qualtinger, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.    

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 54

Birthday 1928-10-08

Day of Death 1986-09-29

Place of Birth Vienna, Austria

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1986 The Name of the Rose as Remigio de Varagine
1985 Katzenspiel
1985 Helmut Qualtinger liest Mein Kampf
1982 Krimistunde(1 episode) as Harry Beggs
1981 Die Hinrichtung
1979 Tales from the Vienna Woods as Zauberkönig
1978 Feuerwasser as Sepp O'Brian
1978 Grandison as Untersuchungsrichter Dr. Ludwig Pfister
1977 Die Dämonen as Ignaz Lebadkin
1977 Abelard - Die Entmannung
1977 Mulligans Rückkehr as Mulligan
1976 Die Alpensaga(6 episodes) as Allinger
1976 Mitgift as Huck
1975 End of the Game as Von Schwendi
1975 Eiszeit as Offizier
1974 Krankensaal 6 as Ragin
1974 Der Kulterer
1972 Wer war Andre Heller? as Himself
1971 Die heilige Johanna as Soldat
1971 Weights and Measures as Anselm Eibenschütz
1971 Geschäfte mit Plückhahn as Erwin Plückhahn
1971 König Johann as Johann Plantagenet, König von England
1970 Passion eines Politkers as Nationalrat Bröschl
1970 Das weite Land as Natter
1970 Das weite Land as Natter
1969 Die Geschichte der 1002. Nacht as Ignaz Trummer
1969 Diary of a Serial Killer as Rudi Böhm
1968 Das vierte Gebot as Schalanter
1968 The Castle as Bürgel
1967 Der Paukenspieler as Ferry
1967 Kurzer Prozeß as Inspektor Pokorny
1967 Umsonst as Pitzl
1966 Samba as Capitano Agamemnon Heredia
1966 Die Hinrichtung as Scharfrichter Engel
1965 Lumpazivagabundus as Knieriem, ein Schustergeselle
1965 Der Himbeerpflücker as Konrad Steisshäuptl
1965 Radetzkymarsch as Kapturak
1963 Biedermann und die Brandstifter as Schmitz - ein Ringer
1962 Einen Jux will er sich machen as Melchior - Hausknecht
1961 Der Herr Karl as Herr Karl
1961 Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald as Oskar
1961 Mann im Schatten as Oberpolizeirat Dr. Radosch
1960 The Magnificent Rogue as Seppl Reber
1959 Die schöne Lügnerin as Detective Zawadil
1959 Mikosch im Geheimdienst as Oberst Fedor Fedorowitsch Ganiew
1958 Man müßte nochmal zwanzig sein as Kanzakis
1957 Das Abgründige in Herrn Gerstenberg as Der Schlechtere
1957 Scherben bringen Glück as Wollner
1955 Hanussen as Ernst Röhm
1955 Sonnenschein und Wolkenbruch as Werbefachmann
1955 Du bist die Richtige as Orientalischer Fürst
1954 König der Manege as Mirko
1953 Hab’ ich nur Deine Liebe as Direktor Pokorny
1953 Einmal keine Sorgen haben as Kraps

Writing

1967 Der PaukenspielerWriter

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