Götz George

Götz George

Additional Names: Götz Schulz (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Produzent
*23.07.1938 Berlin; †19.06.2016 Hamburg

Biography

Götz George was born as Götz Schulz in Berlin on July 23rd 1938. As early as 1950, the son of the renowned actors Heinrich George and Berta Drews already gave his stage debut at the Hebbel-Theater in Berlin. His screen debut followed in 1953, when he appeared alongside Romy Schneider in "Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht."

Between 1955 and 1958, George took acting lessons at the Ufa drama school. During that period, he starred in the DEFA comedy "Alter Kahn und junge Liebe" and in the made-for-TV feature "Kolportage". He also frequently returned to the stage and remained an ensemble member of the Deutsches Theater Göttingen from 1958 till 1963. In 1960, George received the German Film Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in "Jacqueline". Under the direction of Wolfgang Staudte, he starred in "Kirmes" and "Herrenpartie", which both addressed the atrocities committed in Nazi Germany.

On the lighter side, George played a heroic cowboy in the successful Euro-Western "Der Schatz im Silbersee", an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Karl May. Although he enjoyed great popularity, Götz George always looked for new challenges as an actor. Among other projects, he starred in "Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte" by Peter Beauvais and in Frank Beyer's "Der König und sein Narr".He delivered one of his most memorable performances as the Nazi officer in charge of the death camp in Auschwitz in Theodor Kotulla's "Aus einem deutschen Leben". From 1981 on, he starred as the maverick police detective Schimanski in the TV-series "Tatort". The reckless yet charming character was immensely popular with audiences and made television history in Germany, where Schimanski is a house hold name even today. Being rightfully afraid of being pigeonholed, George successfully tried to counter his Schimanski image with Award-winning performances in Carl Schenkel's thriller "Abwärts" and Helmut Dietl's social satire "Schtonk".

Always seeking a great diversity in his choices and not afraid of taking risks, George played the infamous mass murderer Fritz Haarmann in Romuald Karmakar's "Der Totmacher". For his gut-wrenching performance, he was awarded the "Coppa Volpi" at the 1995 Venice International Film Festival.

In the same year he received the Grimme-Award for his portrayal of a mysterious and alleged murderer in "Der Sandmann". Among George's other significant TV and screen performances were Helmut Dietl's "Rossini" (1997), the boxer biopic "Die Bubi Scholz Story" (1998) and the controversial drama "Nichts als die Wahrheit" (1999), in which he played the infamous Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.

Since the turn of the century, George predominately appeared in TV productions, ranging from light entertainment fare like "Alpenglühen" or "Verliebte Diebe" (both aired in 2003) up to poignant dramas like Andreas Kleinert's "Mein Vater" (2003), which won George another Grimme-Award as well as the Bavarian Television Award. In the following years, George also appeared in ambitious film productions like "Maria an Callas" (2006), "Der Novembermann" (2007) and "Mein Kampf" (2011), the screen adaptation of George Tabori's eponymous play.

George was nominated for the 2010 Bavarian Television Award for his portrayal of an aging liberal who feels threatened by a youth gang in "Zivilcourage". He then got rave reviews for his turn as a district attorney trying to solve one last case in Andreas Kleinert's "Nacht ohne Morgen" (2011). His comic talent came to the front in Helmut Dietl's "Zettl", yet the film failed to make an impression with critics or at the box office. Much more successful was the thriller "Tod einer Polizistin" (2012) by Matti Geschonneck, in which George played a retired police detective who is on the trail of an alleged cop killer.

In 2013, Götz George starred in a very personal project: In the made-for-TV biopic "George", he portrayed his father, the renowned actor Heinrich George, who passed away in 1946 and whose legacy is overshadowed by his appearance in Nazi propaganda films.

In 2014 George was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. 

Götz George died June 19, 2016 age 77.

Filmography

2015/2016 Böse Wetter
Cast
 
2014 Besondere Schwere der Schuld
Cast
 
2013 Loverboy
Cast
 
2012/2013 George
Cast
 
2012 Tod einer Polizistin
Cast
 
2011 Deckname Luna
Cast
 
2011 Nacht ohne Morgen
Cast
 
2011 Papa allein zu Haus
Cast
 
2010/2011 Schuld und Sühne
Cast
 
2010/2011 Zettl
Cast
 
2010 Lüg weiter, Liebling
Cast
 
2010 Reise in den Tod
Cast
 
2009/2010 Zivilcourage
Cast
 
2008/2009 Mein Kampf
Cast
 
2008 Schicht im Schacht
Cast
 
2007/2008 Schokolade für den Chef
Cast
 
2007/2008 Meine fremde Tochter
Cast
 
2007 Die Katze
Cast
 
2006/2007 Der Novembermann
Cast
 
2006/2007 Tod in der Siedlung
Cast
 
2006 Commissario Laurenti: Die Toten vom Karst
Cast
 
2005/2006 Als der Fremde kam
Cast
 
2005 Kabale und Liebe
Cast
 
2005 Kein Himmel über Afrika
Cast
 
2004/2005 Sünde
Cast
 
2004-2006 Maria an Callas
Cast
 
2004-2006 Die Sturmflut
Cast
 
2004 Einmal so wie ich will
Cast
 
2003/2004 Blatt und Blüte - Die Erbschaft
Cast
 
2003/2004 Das Geheimnis des Golem
Cast
 
2003/2004 Alpenglühen zwei - Liebe versetzt Berge
Cast
 
2003 Verliebte Diebe
Cast
 
2003 Geheimnisvolle Freundinnen
Cast
 
2003 Alpenglühen
Cast
 
2002/2003 Familienkreise
Cast
 
2002-2004 René Deltgen - Der sanfte Rebell
Participation
 
2002 Mein Vater
Cast
 
2002 Asyl
Cast
 
2002 Der Anwalt und sein Gast
Cast
 
2001/2002 Liebe ist die halbe Miete
Cast
 
2001/2002 Gott ist tot
Cast
 
2001 Liebe. Macht. Blind.
Cast
 
2001 Kinder der Hölle
Cast
 
2001 Bargeld lacht
Cast
 
2000/2001 Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man
Cast
 
2000 Schimanski muß leiden
Cast
 
2000 Tödliche Liebe
Cast
 
1999/2000 Die Spur meiner Tochter
Cast
 
1999 Sehnsucht
Cast
 
1999 Racheengel - Stimme aus dem Dunkeln
Cast
 
1998/1999 Nichts als die Wahrheit
Cast, Co-Producer
 
1998/1999 Die Entführung
Cast
 
1998 Geschwister
Cast
 
1998 Rattennest
Cast
 
1998 Muttertag
Cast
 
1997/1998 Solo für Klarinette
Cast
 
1997/1998 Die Bubi Scholz Story
Cast
 
1997/1998 Das Trio
Cast
 
1997 Hart am Limit
Cast
 
1997 Blutsbrüder
Cast
 
1997 Die Schwadron
Cast
 
1996 Das Tor des Feuers
Cast
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Cast
 
1995/1996 Tote sterben niemals aus
Cast
 
1995 Der Sandmann
Cast
 
1995 Der Mann auf der Bettkante
Cast
 
1995 Der Totmacher
Cast
 
1994 Das Schwein - Eine deutsche Karriere
Cast
 
1994 Der König von Dulsberg
Cast
 
1993-1995 Die Sturzflieger
Cast
 
1993 Schulz & Schulz V: Fünf vor zwölf
Cast
 
1993 Die Verflechtung
Cast
 
1992/1993 Ich und Christine
Cast
 
1992 Schulz & Schulz IV: Neue Welten - alte Lasten
Cast
 
1991/1992 König Midas
Cast
 
1991/1992 Schulz & Schulz III: Wechselspiele
Cast
 
1991/1992 Schtonk!
Cast
 
1991 Der Fall Schimanski
Cast
 
1991 Kinderlieb
Cast
 
1990/1991 Bis zum Hals im Dreck
Cast
 
1990/1991 Schulz & Schulz II: Aller Anfang ist schwer
Cast
 
1990 Unter Brüdern
Cast
 
1989/1990 Schimanskis Waffe
Cast
 
1989/1990 Medizinmänner
Cast
 
1989 Schulz & Schulz
Cast
 
1989 Katjas Schweigen
Cast
 
1988/1989 Blauäugig
Cast
 
1988/1989 Blutspur
Cast
 
1988/1989 Der Pott
Cast
 
1988/1989 Der Bruch
Cast
 
1988/1989 Zwei Frauen
Co-Producer
 
1988 Moltke
Cast
 
1988 Gebrochene Blüten
Cast
 
1987/1988 Einzelhaft
Cast
 
1987/1988 Die Katze
Cast
 
1987 Spielverderber
Cast
 
1986/1987 Zabou
Cast
 
1985/1986 Freunde
Cast
 
1985/1986 Der Tausch
Cast
 
1985 Zahn um Zahn
Cast
 
1984/1985 Das Haus im Wald
Cast
 
1984/1985 Doppelspiel
Cast
 
1984-1986 Schwarzes Wochenende
Cast
 
1984 Rechnung ohne Wirt
Cast
 
1984 Abgehört
Cast
 
1984 Zweierlei Blut
Cast
 
1983/1984 Kielwasser
Cast
 
1983/1984 Abwärts
Cast
 
1983 Das schöne Ende dieser Welt
Cast
 
1982/1983 Miriam
Cast
 
1982 Kuscheltiere
Cast
 
1981/1982 Das Mädchen auf der Treppe
Cast
 
1981 Der unsichtbare Gegner
Cast
 
1981 Grenzgänger
Cast
 
1981 Duisburg-Ruhrort
Cast
 
1981 Dantons Tod
Cast
 
1980/1981 Der König und sein Narr
Cast
 
1980 Überfall in Glasgow
Cast
 
1980 Der Regenmacher
Cast
 
1979 Der Auftraggeber
Cast
 
1978 Der schöne Alex
Cast
 
1978 Der Spitzel
Cast
 
1976/1977 Aus einem deutschen Leben
Cast
 
1976 Transit ins Jenseits
Cast
 
1974 Mandragola
Cast
 
1973 Sommerpension
Cast
 
1973 Die Gräfin von Rathenow
Cast
 
1972 Kesselflickers Hochzeit
Cast
 
1972 Rattennest
Cast
 
1972 Der Illegale. Biografie eines Spions.
Cast
 
1972 Ein Amoklauf
Cast
 
1972 Tödlicher Poker
Cast
 
1971 Glückspilze
Cast
 
1971 Blechschaden
Cast
 
1969/1970 Ostwind
Cast
 
1969/1970 Tod einer Zeugin
Cast
 
1969/1970 11 Uhr 20
Cast
 
1969 Spion unter der Haube
Cast
 
1968 Himmelfahrtskommando El Alamein
Cast
 
1968 Der Todeskuß des Dr. Fu Man Chu
Cast
 
1968 Match
Cast
 
1968 Der Eismann kommt
Cast
 
1967/1968 Ich spreng' Euch alle in die Luft! - Inspektor Blomfields Fall Nr. 1
Cast
 
1967 Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte
Cast
 
1966/1967 Der Werbeoffizier
Cast
 
1966 Winnetou und das Halbblut Apanatschi
Cast
 
1965 Ferien mit Piroschka
Cast
 
1964 Sie nannten ihn Gringo
Cast
 
1964 Unter Geiern
Cast
 
1963/1964 Wartezimmer zum Jenseits
Cast
 
1963/1964 Herrenpartie
Cast
 
1963 Mensch und Bestie
Cast
 
1962/1963 Liebe will gelernt sein
Cast
 
1962/1963 Nur tote Zeugen schweigen
Cast
 
1962 Der Schatz im Silbersee
Cast
 
1961/1962 Das Mädchen und der Staatsanwalt
Cast
 
1961/1962 Ihr schönster Tag
Cast
 
1961 Mörderspiel
Cast
 
1961 Alle meine Söhne
Cast
 
1961 Unser Haus in Kamerun
Cast
 
1960/1961 Der Teufel spielte Balalaika
Cast
 
1960 Die Fastnachtsbeichte
Cast
 
1960 Kirmes
Cast
 
1959 Jacqueline
Cast
 
1958 Solange das Herz schlägt
Cast
 
1957 Kolportage
Cast
 
1956/1957 Alter Kahn und junge Liebe
Cast
 
1954 Ihre große Prüfung
Cast
 
1953 Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht
Cast