Eberhard Esche

Eberhard Esche

Darsteller
*25.10.1933 Leipzig; †15.05.2006 Berlin

Biography

Eberhard Esche, born Ocotber 25, 1933, in Leipzig, attended actor's training from 1952 to 1955 at Leipzig's Theaterhochschule. After several shorter engagements at theatres in Erfurt, Meinigen, and Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz), he became a cast member at Deutsches Theater Berlin where he had a tenure until 1999 and was mainly seen in classic parts. Esche for instance played the part of Lancelot in the play "Der Drache" ("The Dragon") by Jewgenij Schwarz a total of 650 times. Besides his theatre performances, Esche also proved his artistic talent with recitations of Heine's "Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen" ("Germany. A Winter's Tale") and Goethe's "Reineke Fuchs", among others, and began to star in his first movie and TV roles.

Soon Esche became one of the most popular actors of the GDR, be it as a chemist in "Der geteilte Himmel" ("The Divided Heaven", 1963/1964), directed by Konrad Wolf, as the desperate scientist Uwe in Lothar Warneke's "Leben mit Uwe" ("Life with Uwe", 1973), or as party secretary Horrath in "Spur der Steine" ("The Trace of Stones", 1965/1966). But the film was banned in 1966 for his blatant criticism of the GDR's planned economy and was not shown until 1989. The part of the party secretary who is torn between party discipline and personal conviction was one of Esche's most outstanding performances.

In the following years, Esche again and again made a name with appearances in realistic and critically discursive DEFA films, for instance in "Die unverbesserliche Barbara" ("The Incorrigible Barbara", 1976) by Lothar Warneke. Furthermore, Esche expanded his repertoire with historical roles where he could act out his histrionic irony and his performative elegance, as he did in his part of the police officer Krolikowski in the Bobrowski adaptation "Levins Mühle" (1979/1980), directed by Horst Seemann.

In 2000, the actor published his film and theatre memoirs in the book "Der Hase im Rausch" and, in 2005, expanded these professional anecdotes with his autobiography "Wer sich grün macht, den fressen die Ziegen".

Eberhard Esche died on March 15, 2006, at the age of 72 in Berlin.

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

Filmography

2002 Das Haus der Schwestern
Cast
 
1996 OhnsorgTreff
Cast
 
1995 Der Trinker
Cast
 
1993 Novalis - Die blaue Blume
Cast
 
1989/1990 Anna, genannt Humpelbein
Voice
 
1984 Ludwig Richter
Voice
 
1983 Abends im Kelch
Cast
 
1982-1987 Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria
Cast
 
1982-1987 Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Aus dem siebenjährigen Krieg
Cast
 
1982-1987 Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Brühl
Cast
 
1982 Der Maler Albert Ebert
Voice
 
1981/1982 Generalprobe
Cast
 
1981/1982 Märkische Forschungen
Cast
 
1981/1982 Die italienische Reise von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Voice
 
1980/1981 Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Dem Baumeister zum 200. Geburtstag
Voice
 
1979/1980 Levins Mühle
Cast
 
1979/1980 Der Spiegel des großen Magus
Cast
 
1979 Professor Tarantoga und sein seltsamer Gast
Cast
 
1977/1978 Fleur Lafontaine
Cast
 
1977 Romantisch-pittoreske Reise durch Naturschönheiten der Sächsischen Schweiz
Voice
 
1976/1977 Vom Bild des neuen Menschen
Voice
 
1976/1977 Die unverbesserliche Barbara
Cast
 
1976 Somalia - Die große Anstrengung
Voice
 
1976 Das weite Feld
Voice
 
1975/1976 Beethoven. Tage aus einem Leben
Cast
 
1974/1975 Till Eulenspiegel
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der Leutnant vom Schwanenkietz
Cast
 
1973/1974 Leben mit Uwe
Cast
 
1973 Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow
Cast
 
1972 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1972 / Nr. 12]
Participation
 
1972 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1972 / Nr. 24]
Participation
 
1971/1972 Reife Kirschen
Cast
 
1970/1971 KLK an PTX - Die Rote Kapelle
Cast
 
1970 Anlauf
Cast
 
1970 Der Mörder sitzt im Wembley-Stadion
Cast
 
1970 Dialog mit Lenin
Voice
 
1969 Nachtstreife (1967)
Cast
 
1968 Wie heiratet man einen König
Cast
 
1967/1968 Mord am Montag
Cast
 
1967 Die Räuber
Cast
 
1967 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1967 / Nr. 021]
Participation
 
1967 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1967 / Nr. 34]
Participation
 
1966/1972 Der kleine Prinz
Cast
 
1966/1967 Der tapfere Schulschwänzer
Voice
 
1966/1967 Geschichten jener Nacht. EP 2: Die Prüfung
Cast
 
1966 Die Perser
Cast
 
1965/1966 Spur der Steine
Cast
 
1963/1964 Der geteilte Himmel
Cast
 
1963 Mord in Riverport
Cast
 
1963 Carl von Ossietzky
Cast
 
1962/1963 For Eyes Only (Streng geheim)
Cast
 
1962/1963 Nebel
Cast
 
1962 Geboren unter schwarzen Himmeln
Cast
 
1962 Mord in Gateway
Cast
 
1962 Auf der Flucht erschossen
Cast
 
1960 Sieben Kumpel - eine Kamera
Cast
 

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