In Der Fall Gleiwitz © DEFA-Stiftung, Karl Schütt
Actor Hannjo Hasse, best known for his portrayals of villainous characters, was a familiar face in many Eastern European films. He was born in Bonn on August 31, 1921. From 1938 to 1941 he studied acting in Berlin before being drafted to serve in the war. After 1945 he performed on stage in Nordhausen, Eisleben, Burg, Schwerin, Potsdam, and in Berlin at the Volksbühne and Deutsches Theater.
Eventually he landed at DEFA where his great versatility made him particularly well suited to playing evil characters. He was especially convincing in Nazi roles, as in Der Fall Gleiwitz, and brutally effective in others, such as the ruthless factory owner and Gojko Mitic’s nemesis in Spur des Falken.
In an interview about his role as the Hauptmann in Der Fall Gleiwitz, Hasse said, “I come across as arrogant, so I am suited for these roles which reveal --particularly to young people who didn’t consciously experience Hitler’s fascism-- how dangerous these criminals in SS uniforms were.”
Hasse also played a few positive characters, such as the coach and mentor of a young promising gymnast in Kurt Maetzig’s Das Mädchen auf dem Brett and the comical journalist in the three-part TV movie Das letzte Wort.
During the 1970s and 80s Hasse became even more widely sought after and played in numerous television and cinema productions in the GDR, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union.
Hannjo Haase died in Falkensee on February 5, 1983.
|1983||Martin Luther (TV)|
|1980||Levins Mühle (Levin’s Mill)|
|1980||Der Baulöwe (The Great Builder)|
Eine Reportage für die Weltgeschichte – USA 200 (A Report for World History – USA 200, narrator)
|1974||Kit & Co.|
|1973||Unterm Birnbaum (Under the Pear Tree)|
|1971||Das letzte Wort (The Last Word, TV)|
|1970||KLK an PTX: Die Rote Kapelle (KLK to PTX: The Red Orchestra)|
|1969||Nebelnacht (The Foggy Night)|
|1969||Tödlicher Irrtum (Fatal Error)|
|1968||Spur des Falken (Falcon’s Trail)|
|1967||Das Mädchen auf dem Brett (The Girl on the Diving Board)|
|1966||Schwarze Panther (Black Panthers)|
|1965||Die Söhne der großen Bären (The Sons of Great Bear)|
|1964||Das Lied vom Trompeter (The Song of the Trumpeter)|
|1964||Hüben und drüben (On Both Sides, narrator)|
|1963||Reserviert für den Tod (Reserved for Death)|
|1961||Der Fall Gleiwitz (The Gleiwitz Case)|
|1960||Die schöne Lurette (The Beautiful Lurette)|
|1959||Weißes Blut (White Blood)|
|1959||Einer von uns (One of Us)|
|1957||Die Hexen von Salem (The Witches of Salem)|
|1955||Das Stacheltier – Ham wa nich! (The Porcupine: Don't Got That!)|
|1954||Stärker als die Nacht (Stronger than the Night)|
|1951||Der Untertan (The Kaiser’s Lackey)|