Thate, Hilmar

Biography:

Hilmar Thate was born in Dölau, Germany, on April 17, 1931. He studied acting at the Academy of Theater and Music in Halle. After an engagement at the Stadttheater in Cottbus, he moved to Berlin in 1952 and performed at the Theater der Freundschaft and then at the Maxim Gorki Theater, at the Berliner Ensemble under Bertolt Brecht (1958-70) and at the Deutsches Theater (1971-79). He was awarded Stage Actor of the Year for his brilliant performances in Mann ist Mann (Berliner Ensemble) and in Richard III (Deutsches Theater).

 

Thate developed into a preeminent character actor with a flexibility that gained him access to a full range of genres. With equal conviction he played the title role in the television mini-series Daniel Druskat—a film dealing with the problems of agriculture collectives in East Germany—and as Eduard in the DEFA film version of Goethe’s Wahlverwandtschaften.

 

In 1976, Hilmar Thate protested with other artists against the expatriation of poet and singer/songwriter Wolf Biermann. In 1980, with his wife and well-known actress, Angelica Domröse, Thate left for West Germany, where he continued his career as a freelance actor in television, film and theater. He worked with well-known theater and film directors, including Peter Zadek at West Berlin’s Schiller Theater. Thate played in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss and Thomas Brasch’s Engel aus Eisen, which was nominated for the 1981 Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival.

 

Thate was awarded Best Actor for his role in Andreas Kleinert’s Wege in die Nacht at the 1999 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2006, he published his autobiography, entitled Neulich, als ich noch Kind war.

 

Hilmar Thate died on September 14, 2016.

Awards:

1999 Best Actor, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for Wege in die Nacht
1980 Stage Actor of the Year for Richard III
1967 Stage Actor of the Year for Mann ist Mann

Bibliography & More:

Thate, Hilmar. Neulich, als ich noch Kind war [trans. Recently, When I was Still a Child]. Cologne: Lübbe. 2006.

 

 

Filmography:

2006
Hitlerkantate (Hitler Cantata)
 
2004
Der neunte Tag (The Ninth Day)
 
2002
Operation Rubikon (Operation Rubicon, TV)
 
1999
Wege in die Nacht (Paths in the Night)
 
1982
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (Veronika Voss)
 
1981
Die zweite Haut (The Second Skin, TV)
 
1981
Engel aus Eisen (Angels of Iron)
 
1980
Don Juan – Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 78 (Don Juan, 78 Karl Liebknecht Street)
 
1976
Daniel Druskat (TV mini-series)
 
1973
 Die Wahlverwandtschaften
(Elective Affinities)
 
1967 Saatfrüchte sollen nicht vermahlen werden (Seed Corn Should Not Be Ground, narrator)  
1964
Der geteilte Himmel (Divided Heaven)
 
1962
Frau Flinz (Madame Flinz, TV)
 
1961
Der Fall Gleiwitz (The Gleiwitz Case)
 
1961
 
1960 Leute mit Flügeln (People with Wings)  
1960
Kosmos – Erinnerungen an Alexander von Humboldt (Cosmos: In Memory of Alexander von Humboldt, narrator)
 
1958
Das Lied der Matrosen (The Sailors' Song)
 
1955
Einmal ist keinmal (Once Does Not Count)
 

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