Erik S. Klein

Erik S. Klein

Additional Names: Erik Siegfried Klein (Geburtsname)
Darsteller
*06.02.1926 Radebeul; †22.10.2002 Eichwalde bei Berlin

Biography

Erik S. Klein, born February 6, 1926, as Erik S. Klein, in Radebeul near Dresden, already attended actor's training with Erich Ponto while he was still at school and made his theatre debut at the age of 17 at Dresdner Komödie. He then was a cast member at theatres in Gießen and Lübeck before the war suspended his starting career as an actor and Klein was drafted for military service. He survived the end of the war in Belgian war captivity and resumed his theatre career in 1947 in different cities, including Freiberg, Altenberg, and Cottbus.

In 1954, he accepted Bertolt Brecht's and Helene Weigel's call and became a cast member of Berliner Ensemble where he stayed until 1961 and starred, for instance, as Lawrenti in "Der kaukasische Kreidekreis" ("The Caucasian Chalk Circle"), or as Roma in "Arturo Ui" ("The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui"). In 1961, Klein went to Deutsches Theater where he became a cast member and stayed until 1970.

From the beginning of the 1970s on, Erik S. Klein started to work for film and TV productions. He became known to a large audience in the complex part of the Lieutenant in Konrad Wolf's "Sterne" ("Stars", 1959) and consolidated his reputation with the comedic multi-part TV series "Aber Vati!" (1973). In this comedy, the twin sons Kalle and Kulle are looking for a suitable wife for their father, single parent Erwin, played by Klein. He also authentically portrayed more serious characters, such as Untersturmführer Reineboth in Frank Beyer's "Nackt unter Wölfen" ("Naked Among Wolves", 1963).

Besides his work for theatre, movie and TV productions, Klein throughout his career also appeared in numerous radio plays, worked as a dubbing voice, or performed in satirical shows – he dubbed more than 300 characters in radio plays and was also the German voice of Philippe Noiret in the DEFA film version of "Der Uhrmacher von St. Paul" ("The Watchmaker of St. Paul", 1974), directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

After the German reunification, Erik S. Klein only sporadically appeared in movie productions but tried to start a comeback at Berlin"s Renaissance-Theater in plays like "Noch ist Polen nicht verloren".

In 1996, he suffered an accident and never fully recovered from it. On October 22, 2002, Erik S. Klein died in Eichwalde near Berlin.

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

Filmography

1987/1988 Mensch, mein Papa...!
Cast
 
1985 Irrläufer
Cast
 
1984 Die vertauschte Königin
Cast
 
1983/1984 Der Mann mit dem Ring im Ohr
Cast
 
1982/1983 Zille und ick
Cast
 
1982/1983 Der Bastard
Cast
 
1982 Der Teufelskreis
Cast
 
1981/1982 Soviel Wind und keine Segel
Cast
 
1981/1982 Die Gerechten von Kummerow
Cast
 
1980 Puppen für die Nacht
Cast
 
1979/1980 Radiokiller
Cast
 
1979 Tage vor der Hochzeit
Cast
 
1979 Die blonde Geisha
Cast
 
1978/1979 Aber Vati! 4. Teil: Fünf Jahre danach
Cast
 
1978 King-Kong-Grippe
Cast
 
1978 Sabine Wulff
Cast
 
1978 Matrosen in Berlin
Voice
 
1978 Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot
Cast
 
1978 Hiev up
Cast
 
1977/1978 Anton der Zauberer
Cast
 
1977/1978 Holzwege
Cast
 
1976 Der Hasenhüter
Cast
 
1975/1976 Nelken in Aspik
Cast
 
1975 Ein Feigenblatt für Kuhle Wampe - oder Wem gehört die Welt
Cast
 
1974 Nach Abpfiff Mord
Cast
 
1973/1974 Johannes Kepler
Cast
 
1973/1974 Ulzana
dubbed by
 
1973 Unterm Birnbaum
Cast
 
1972/1973 Aber Vati!
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die Squaw Tschapajews
Cast
 
1972 Der Fall Brühne-Fehrbach
Cast
 
1971 Die Verschworenen
Cast
 
1971 Liebeserklärung an G. T.
Cast
 
1970 Anlauf
Cast
 
1970 Zwei Briefe an Pospischiel
Cast
 
1970 Leichensache Zernik
Cast
 
1969/1970 Wer bist du?
Voice
 
1969/1970 Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Cast
 
1969/1970 Der Königsmacher
Cast
 
1969/1970 Der gemachte Mann
Cast
 
1969/1970 Im Spannungsfeld
Cast
 
1969 Zeit zu leben
Cast
 
1969 Geheime Spuren
Cast
 
1968 Wege übers Land
Cast
 
1968 Geheimkommando Spree
Cast
 
1967/1968 Seid nett zueinander
Cast
 
1966 Geheimkommando. 1. Geheimkommando Bumerang
Cast
 
1966 columbus 64
Cast
 
1965/1966 Alfons Zitterbacke
Cast
 
1965-1966/1971 Der verlorene Engel
Cast
 
1965 Der Frühling braucht Zeit
Cast
 
1964/1965 Engel im Fegefeuer
Cast
 
1964/1965 Wolf unter Wölfen
Cast
 
1964 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1964 / Nr. 012]
Participation
 
1963/1964 Mir nach, Canaillen!
Cast
 
1963/1964 Lütt Matten und die weiße Muschel
Cast
 
1963 Julia lebt
Cast
 
1963 Der andere neben dir
Cast
 
1962/1963 Nackt unter Wölfen
Cast
 
1962/1963 Die Glatzkopfbande
Cast
 
1962 Ofenbauer
Voice
 
1962 Fetzers Flucht
Cast
 
1962 Der Kinnhaken
Cast
 
1962 Das grüne Ungeheuer
Cast
 
1961/1991 Das Kleid
Cast
 
1961/1962 Das zweite Gleis
Cast
 
1961/1962 Der Dickhäuter
Cast
 
1961/1962 Mord ohne Sühne
Cast
 
1961/1962 Altweibersommer
Cast
 
1960/1961 Der Mann mit dem Objektiv
Cast
 
1960/1961 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
Cast
 
1960 Knopfgeschichte
Cast
 
1959/1960 Leute mit Flügeln
Cast
 
1959/1960 Einer von uns
Cast
 
1959 Bevor der Blitz einschlägt
Cast
 
1959 Zwischen Zoo und Schöneberg
Cast
 
1958/1959 Verwirrung der Liebe
Cast
 
1958/1959 SAS 181 antwortet nicht
Cast
 
1958/1959 Sterne
Cast
 
1958/1959 Blauer Montag
Cast
 
1958/1959 Die neue Wohnung
Cast
 
1958 Der Prozeß wird vertagt
Cast
 
1958 Die Feststellung
Cast
 
1957 Polonia-Express
Cast
 
1957 Katzgraben
Cast
 
1957 Die Schönste
Cast
 
1955-1957 Der Fackelträger
Cast
 
1954/1955 Letztes Fach unten rechts
Cast
 

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