Dieter Franke

Dieter Franke

Darsteller
*13.10.1934 Hartau (Chemnitz); †23.10.1982 Berlin (Ost)

Biography

Dieter Franke was born October 13, 1934, in Hartau (now Chemnitz-Hartau) as the son of a set decorator. His artistic career started at the theatre in Greiz where he gathered experience as an extra, as a stagehand, and as a property master. From 1954 to 1958, Dranke attended actor's training at Staatlichen Schauspielschule in Berlin, before he became a cast member of Städtisches Theater in Karl-Marx-Stadt.

Five years later, Franke already moved back to Berlin. He stayed at Freie Volksbühne for one year, before he went to Deutsches Theater in 1964 where he became a firmly estabished member of the ensemble and celebrated his greatest stage successes. With his acting performances as Mephisto in Goethe's "Faust", Charlemagne in "Der Drache" ("The Dragon") by Evgeny Shvarts, or as Judge Adam in Kleist's "Der Zerbrochne Krug" ("The Broken Jug"), Franke thrilled theatre goers and critics alike.

Franke also starred in DEFA and GDR television productions and made convincing appearances in quite a number of film and TV productions, for instance as ambulance driver Adam Kowalski in "Mein lieber Robinson" ("My Friend Robinson", 1971), as friendly devil in "Wer reißt denn gleich vor"m Teufel aus" ("The Devil's Three Golden Hairs", 1977), or as brigadier Kotbuß in "Dach überm Kopf" (1980). In "Camping, Camping" (1976), Franke played a stressed out husband who escapes the perfect idyll of his family vacation. During his whole career, Franke made convincing performances in contemporary movies as well as in children"s and fairy tale films.

In 1982, Franke had to leave the shooting for the DEFA film "Automärchen" (1982), directed by Erwin Stranka because he was already suffering from a severe illness for a long time. Kurt Böwe then took over the leading role of the garage owner Sengebusch. On October 23, 1982, Dieter Franke died in Berlin at the age of 48.

The contents of this entry were funded with the support of the DEFA-Stiftung.

Filmography

1981/1982 Generalprobe
Cast
 
1981/1982 Märkische Forschungen
Cast
 
1981/1982 Der lange Ritt zur Schule
Cast
 
1980 Suturp - Eine Liebesgeschichte
Cast
 
1980 Puppen für die Nacht
Cast
 
1980 Gevatter Tod
Cast
 
1979/1980 Levins Mühle
Cast
 
1979/1980 Dach überm Kopf
Cast
 
1978 Achillesferse
Cast
 
1977/1978 P.S.
Cast
 
1977/1978 Eine Handvoll Hoffnung
Cast
 
1977 Der gepuderte Mann im bunten Rock oder Musjöh lebt gefährlich
Cast
 
1977 Wer reißt denn gleich vor'm Teufel aus?
Cast
 
1976-1978 Der Meisterdieb
Cast
 
1976 Camping - Camping
Cast
 
1976 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1976 / Nr. 020]: 30 Jahre DEFA / 30 Jahre Filmkunst im Auftrag der Arbeiterklasse (Erinnerungen an Filme und Filmschöpfer)
Participation
 
1975/1976 Ein altes Modell
Cast
 
1975 Bin ich Moses?
Cast
 
1974/1975 Bankett für Achilles
Cast
 
1974/1975 Blumen für den Mann im Mond
Cast
 
1974/1975 Mord im Märkischen Viertel
Cast
 
1974/1975 Till Eulenspiegel
dubbed by
 
1974/1975 Looping
Cast
 
1973/1974 Heiße Spuren
Cast
 
1973/1974 Johannes Kepler
Cast
 
1973/1974 ...verdammt, ich bin erwachsen
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Cast
 
1973/1974 Rückkehr als Toter
Cast
 
1973 Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow
Cast
 
1972 Laut und leise ist die Liebe
Cast
 
1971 Die Verschworenen
Cast
 
1971 Zwischen Freitag und morgen
Cast
 
1971 Männer ohne Bart
Cast
 
1970/1971 Mein lieber Robinson
Cast
 
1970 Anlauf
Cast
 
1969/1970 Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Cast
 
1967/1968 Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa
Cast
 
1967 Kleiner Mann - was nun?
Cast
 
1966 Die Perser
Cast
 
1965 Dr. Schlüter (1-4)
Cast
 
1964/1965 Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt
Cast
 
1963 Was ihr wollt
Cast
 
1963 Drei Kriege. 1. Tauroggen
Cast
 
1963 Der andere neben dir
Cast
 
1963 Ein Mann und sein Schatten
Cast
 
1962/1963 Verliebt und vorbestraft
Cast
 

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