Elmar Wepper

Elmar Wepper

Darsteller
*16.04.1944 Augsburg

Biography

Elmar Wepper, born April 16, 1944, in Augsburg, is – just like his brother Fritz Wepper who is three years older – one of the most famous and popular actors of German television, although Wepper's TV success often overshadows his occasional yet sometimes ambitious movie parts. Elmar Wepper started his acting career already at an early age: At the age of 13 he played a supporting role alongside his brother Fritz in the Hans Moser comedy "Eine verrückte Familie". Wepper then worked as a dubbing voice and for radio plays, played at the theatre and was occasionally seen on TV.

After finishing school, Elmar Wepper studied theatre studies and German philology and already prepared to write his doctoral dissertation about the Viennese folk theatre when Michael Verhoeven offered him the leading role in his film "Ein unheimlich starker Abgang" in 1973. Thus, finally Wepper's film and TV career took off. He made his breakthrough already one year later when he succeeded his brother Fritz in the TV crime series "Der Kommissar" (1974-1976) alongside Erik Ode.With his next big role, Wepper sticked to the crime genre and portrayed the popular detective Helmut Heinl in the TV crime series "Polizeiinspektion 1" (1976-1988). From 1983 to 1985, Wepper was also seen in the successful TV series "Unsere schönsten Jahre". At the beginning of the 1990s, Wepper's popularity peaked for the first time when he and Uschi Glas won a "Bambi" as the "best German TV couple" in the TV series "Zwei Münchner in Hamburg" (1988-1992).

Besides numerous TV series like "Unsere Schule ist die Beste" (1994-1995), or "Zwei Brüder" (1994-2001, together with Fritz Wepper), Elmar Wepper was also seen in a large number of TV movies ranging from light entertainment like "Das Traumschiff" (2006) to ambitious TV movies such as Dominik Graf's highly praised thriller "Bittere Unschuld" (1999), or Markus Imboden's crime film "Ein Dorf sucht einen Mörder" (2001).

Wepper appears only occasionally on the movie screen although he starred in several striking parts, for instance as a strict judge alongside Moritz Bleibtreu in "Lammbock". Furthermore, he acted as the narrator in Helmut Dietl's "Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe" ("About the Looking for and the Finding of Love", 2005). Movie goers are familiar with his voice, anyway: Since 1979, Wepper is the German dubbing voice of Mel Gibson and has lent his voice to other foreign movie stars including Bruce Lee, Tim Allen, Tim Roth, and several others.

In 2007, Wepper worked with director Doris Dörrie for the second time after "Der Fischer und seine Frau" ("The Fisherman and His Wife – Why Women Never Get Enough", 2005). In "Kirschblüten – Hanami" ("Cherry Blossoms – Hanami") that premieres at the 2008 Berlinale, Wepper played a cancer patient, who travels to Japan to cope with his wife's death, a performance that won him the Bavarian film award.

Despite this great success, Elmar Wepper still concentrated on working for television. Until 2009 he played the lead character in the television play "Zwei Ärzte sind einer zu viel", after that he depicted a mortally ill father who during a pilgrimage reconciles with his alienated daughter in the television drama "Ich trag dich bis ans Ende der Welt" (2010). In the comedy "Adel Dich" (2010) he played a man, who after his mother's death embarks on a quest to find his roots. In "Hopfensommer" (2011), a modern "Heimatfilm", he played a peasant who reconciles with his son.

In autumn 2011 Wepper was back on the big screen with the tragicomedy "Dreiviertelmond" ("Three Quarter Moon"). Here he played a grumpy taxi driver whose world is turned upside down, when he encounters a little Turkish girl.

Filmography

2016/2017 Lommbock
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2014 Alles ist Liebe
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2013/2014 Zwei Allein
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2011 Das unsichtbare Mädchen
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2010/2011 Dreiviertelmond
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2009-2011 Hopfensommer
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2007/2008 Kirschblüten - Hanami
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2005/2006 Leo
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2005 Tod auf der Walz
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2005 Mathilde liebt
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2004/2005 Der Fischer und seine Frau
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2004-2006 Die Sturmflut
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2001/2002 Ein Dorf sucht seinen Mörder
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2001 Abschied
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2001 Farbe der Nacht
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2001 Space Zoo
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2000/2001 Lammbock
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2000 Tod im See
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2000 Mörderische Rache
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1999 Herztod
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1999 Verschleppt
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1998/1999 Bittere Unschuld
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1998 Gift
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1998 Kaltes Herz
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1997/1998 Tödliche Träume
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1997 Einzelgänger
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1996/1997 Nervenkrieg
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1996 Die Tochter
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1996 In eigener Sache
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1996 Der Gassenmörder
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1996 Die Quirini-Affäre
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1995 Die lange Nacht
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1994 Zwei Brüder
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1990 Café Europa
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1987 ... Irrtum inbegriffen
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1985 Beinah Trinidad
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1983 Das Traumschiff. Marokko
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1982 Flöhe hüten ist leichter
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1980 Mord nach Plan
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1975 Eine Grenzüberschreitung
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1975 Fährt der Zug nach Italien?
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1975 Tod des Apothekers
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1975 Noch zehn Minuten zu leben
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1975 Sturz aus großer Höhe
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1975 Der Mord an Dr. Winter
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1974/1975 Warum es ein Fehler war, Beckmann zu erschießen
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1974 Der Liebespaarmörder
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1974 Der Segelbootmord
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1974 Sein letzter Coup
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1974 Im Jagdhaus
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1974 Mit den Augen eines Mörders
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1974 Tod eines Landstreichers
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1974 Spur von kleinen Füßen
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1973 Ein unheimlich starker Abgang
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1969/1970 Schmetterlinge weinen nicht
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1963/1964 Die Dame mit dem Spitzentuch
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1957 Heute blau und morgen blau
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1952-1954 Der Platz an der Halde
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