Günther Kaufmann

Günther Kaufmann

Darsteller, Musik
*16.06.1947 München; †10.05.2012 Berlin

Biography

The illegitimate son of a German woman and an American soldier, Kaufmann was born in Munich on 16 June 1947. After completing an apprenticeship and serving in the German Navy, he worked as a door-to-door-salesman. While working as an extra on the shooting of Volker Schlöndorff's "Baal," he met Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who had the lead in the film adaptation of Brecht's play. Fassbinder immediately took Kaufmann on as a member of his "factory," employing him as an actor and singer, e.g. in "Whity," a melodrama set in the American South. Their collaboration came to a preliminary end in 1971; it wasn't until 1978 that Fassbinder started giving him – mostly small – parts again. After Fassbinder's death, Kaufmann worked as an actor only sporadically, mostly for television.

The "Günther Kaufmann case" made headlines in the early years of the new century. Kaufmann was charged with murdering his tax consultant in 2001; the following year he was convicted of homicide in connection with extortionate robbery and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. In early 2003 it turned out that Kaufmann had not actually committed the crime, but had only confessed to protect his third wife, who had died in the meantime. He was released in November 2003 after two-and-a-half years in prison and acquitted of all charges in January 2005. His biography "Der weiße Neger vom Hasenbergl" (The White Negro from Hasenbergl) was published later the same year.

In the following years Kaufmann returned to acting and played several roles on stage, from 2007 on also in films, beginning with "Leroy". In Michael "Bully" Herbig's "Wickie und die starken Männer" ("Vicky the Viking", 2009) and the sequel "Wickie auf großer Fahrt" ("Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods", 2011), he played the villain "der schreckliche Sven". In Adnan G. Köse's "Kleine Morde" (Little Murders, 2012) he played his last role. Before the premiere of the film he died of a heart attack on May 10, 2012.

Filmography

2011/2012 Kleine Morde
Cast
 
2011/2012 Türkisch für Anfänger
Cast
 
2010/2011 Wickie auf großer Fahrt
Cast
 
2010/2011 Homies
Cast
 
2009/2010 Jerry Cotton
Cast
 
2009 Wickie und die starken Männer
Cast
 
2008 Für meine Kinder tu ich alles
Cast
 
2007-2009 Mord ist mein Geschäft, Liebling
Cast
 
2007 Meine schöne Bescherung
Cast
 
2007 Weisse Lilien
Cast
 
2006/2007 Leroy
Cast
 
1999/2000 Jahrestage
Cast
 
1988 Beim nächsten Mann wird alles anders
Cast
 
1987 Whopper-Punch 777
Cast
 
1985 Otto - Der Film
Cast
 
1982 Querelle - Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel
Cast
 
1981/1982 Kamikaze 1989
Cast
 
1981/1982 Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Cast
 
1981/1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Letzte Arbeiten
Participation
 
1981-1983 Krieg und Frieden
Cast
 
1981-1983 Krieg und Frieden. 05. Episode: Gespräche im Weltraum
Cast
 
1981 Lola
Cast
 
1981 Heute spielen wir den Boss - Wo geht's denn hier zum Film?
Cast
 
1979/1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mein Traum vom Traum des Franz Biberkopf: Vom Tode eines Kindes und der Geburt eines Brauchbaren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Das Äußere und das Innere und das Geheimnis der Angst vor der Angst
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Schlange in der Seele der Schlange
Cast
 
1979/1980 Wissen ist Macht und Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund
Cast
 
1979/1980 Merke - einen Schwur kann man amputieren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Eine Liebe, das kostet immer viel
Cast
 
1979/1980 Ein Schnitter mit der Gewalt vom lieben Gott
Cast
 
1979/1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Teile)
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die dritte Generation
Cast
 
1978 Die Ehe der Maria Braun
Cast
 
1978 In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden
Cast
 
1977/1978 Mulligans Rückkehr
Cast
 
1974 1 Berlin-Harlem
Cast
 
1972 Die Sieger von Tambo
Cast
 
1972 Ludwig - Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König
Cast
 
1972 Adele Spitzeder
Cast
 
1971 Ein rätselhafter Mord
Cast
 
1970/1971 Whity
Cast, Vocals
 
1970/1971 Pioniere in Ingolstadt
Cast
 
1970/1971 Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8
Participation
 
1970 Der amerikanische Soldat
Vocals
 
1970 Rio das Mortes
Cast
 
1970 Die Niklashauser Fart
Cast
 
1969 Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?
Cast
 
1969 Götter der Pest
Cast
 
1969 Baal
Cast
 

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