In KLK an PTX: Die Rote Kapelle © DEFA-Stiftung, Peter Dietrich
Horst Schulze was born on April 26, 1921 in Dresden. From 1937 until 1940, he took private singing and acting lessons in Dresden, where he debuted as an opera singer. As of 1946, Schulze acted at theaters in Dresden, Zittau and Weimar; from 1956 to 1965, he worked at the Staatstheater in Dresden. Schulze was also a guest performer in operettas and musicals at the Deutsches Staatsoper, Komische Oper and Metropol Theater in East Berlin, and played Mack the Knife in Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera at the Berliner Ensemble.
While expanding into film acting, Schulze continued to appear as a guest performer at various theaters, especially at the Hoftheater in Dresden. Schulze’s debut at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films was as Count Appiani in Martin Hellberg’s film adaptation of Lessing's Emilia Galotti in 1957. He then continued working in film, mainly in musicals and adaptations of classic literatary works.
Schulze starred in the title role in Günter Reisch's two biographical films about the socialist activist and Reichstag member Karl Liebknecht: Solange Leben in mir ist and Trotz Alledem!
As of 1967, Schulze joined the DEFA Studio’s acting ensemble for good, proving his versatility in numerous film roles, as: resistance fighter Adam Kuckhoff in KLK an PTX – Die rote Kapelle; the brutal plantation owner Raynes, in Konrad Petzold's Western Osceola; and the striving agent in Siegfried Kühn's adaptation of Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandschaften.
Horst Schulze has also starred in popular television series—such as Polizeiruf 110 and Das unsichtbare Visier, in which he played opposite Armin Mueller-Stahl—as well as in television roles, including as Baron Instetten, in the adaptation of Fontane’s Effi Briest, and Dr. Paul Kramer, in the three-part film adaptation of Feuchtwanger’s Die Brüder Lautensack.
|2002||Liebe ist die halbe Miese (Love Is Half the Battle, TV)|
|1994||Tödliches Geld (Deadly Money, TV)|
|1991||Die Spur des Bernsteinzimmers (The Mystery of the Amber Room)|
(Farssmann, or On Foot Down a Dead End)
|1990||Archiv des Todes (Achive of Death, TV series)|
|1983||Ärztinnen (Women Doctors)|
|1981||Hochhausgeschichten (Highrise Stories, TV series)|
|1981||Märkische Forschungen (Exploring the Mark Brandenburg)|
|1979||Abschied vom Frieden (Farewell to Peace, TV mini-series)|
|1978||Für Mord kein Beweis (No Proof of Murder)|
|1978||Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet (Until Death Do Us Part)|
|1977-87||Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)|
|1977-79||Das unsichtbare Visier (The Invisible Visor, TV series)|
|1976||Auf der Suche nach Gatt (Looking for Gatt, TV)|
|1973||Die Brüder Lautensack (The Brothers Lautensack, TV mini-series)|
|1973||Die Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities)|
|1971||Effi Briest (TV)|
|1971||Trotz alledem (In Spite of Everything!)|
|1970||KLK an PTX: Die Rote Kapelle (KLK to PTX: The Red Orchestra)|
|1969||Hans Beimler, Kamerad (Hans Beimler, Comrade, TV series)|
|1968||Weiße Wölfe (White Wolves)|
|1968||Jungfer, sie gefällt mir (Maiden, You Please Me)|
|1967||Der Darß (Darß, narrator)|
|1967||Geschichten jener Nacht: Die Prüfung (Stories of that Night: The Test)|
|1965||Solange Leben in mir ist (As Long as There Is Life in Me)|
|1959||Warum jeder ein Körnchen Weisheit besitzt (Why Everyone Has a Kernel of Wisdom)|