Heinz Rühmann Biography
Rühmann was born as the son of a restaurateur in Essen. His father, Hermann Rühmann, moved to Berlin in 1915 and most likely committed suicide a few years later. The precise circumstances of death could never be determined. His son Heinz began his acting career in the early 1920s and went on to appear in numerous German theaters over the next few years. His performance in the 1930 film Die Drei von der Tankstelle (The Three from the Filling Station) catapulted him to stardom. Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, he was a popular comedic actor (and occasional singer). During the Nazi regime, he remained in Germany and worked, as did his friend and colleague Hans Albers.
Heinz Rühmann Career
Heinrich Wilhelm “Heinz” Rühmann was a German film actor who appeared in over 100 films between 1926 and 1993. He is regarded as a German film legend and is one of the most famous and popular German actors of the twentieth century. Rühmann is best known for his roles as a comic ordinary citizen in films such as Three from the Filling Station and The Punch Bowl. In his later years, he was also a respected character actor in films such as The Captain from Köpenick and It Happened in Broad Daylight. In 1964, he made his only English-language film, Ship of Fools. Between 1933 and 1945, he appeared in 37 films and directed four. After January 1933, Rühmann avoided openly discussing German politics, preferring to remain as neutral as possible. Despite his support for democracy, he never said anything negative about the Nazis in the press.
Heinz Rühmann Personal Life and Death.
He divorced his Jewish wife Maria in 1938, and she left Germany to marry a Swedish actor in Stockholm. Some accused Rühmann of wanting to secure his career through the divorce; however, the marriage had likely already fallen apart, and some sources claim that he wanted to protect his wife through the divorce. Bernheim defended her ex-husband against accusations of opportunism after 1945. His second wife, Hertha Feiler, had a Jewish grandfather, which caused him problems with the Nazi cultural authorities. Throughout the Nazi era, Rühmann maintained his reputation as an apolitical star. Rühmann married his third wife, Hertha Droemer, in 1974 after his first wife, Hertha Feiler, died in 1970. He also worked as a recitator for German television in his later years. His most recent film was Wim Wenders’ Faraway, So Close! (1993), in which he played Konrad, an elderly fatherly chauffeur. Rühmann died in October 1994, at the age of 92. He was laid to rest in Berg-Aufkirchen, Bavaria.