Hans-Peter Minetti

Hans-Peter Minetti

Additional Names: Hans-Peter Theodor Minetti (Geburtsname)
Darsteller
*21.04.1926 Berlin; †10.11.2006 Eger (Cheb), Tschechien

Biography

Hans-Peter Minetti was born April 21, 1926, as Hans-Peter Theodor Minetti in Berlin. After the war, the son of the actors couple Bernhard Minetti and Anne Gebhardt started to study art history and philosophy in Kiel, Hamburg, and Berlin, and made his first experiences as a reporter for "Hamburger Volkszeitung" and "Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst". In addition, he also did some acting during his studies and performed, for instance in a Hamburger Studentenbühne production of Georg Kaiser's "Das Floß der Medusa". Confident about his acting talent, Minetti attended actor's training at Weimar"s Theaterinstitut from 1949 on, and soon became a member of Professor Maxim Vallentin's "Junges Ensemble". In 1952, he performed for one season at Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater in Schwerin, and then went to Maxim Gorki-Theater in Berlin. Minetti also performed at Deutsches Theater where he was a cast member for three years. Minetti equally convinved theatre goers and critics with his performances as Baron Tusenbach in Heinz Hilpert's production of Chekhov's "Drei Schwestern" ("Three Sisters", 1958), and as Pawel Rjumin in Maxim Gorky's "Sommergäste" ("Summerfolk", 1959), directed by Wolfgang Heinz.

In 1953, Minetti made his movie debut in the role of Fiete Jansen in Kurt Maetzig's two-part movie "Ernst Thälmann" (1954 and 1955). His portrayal of a Hamburg shipyard worker established Minetti's position at DEFA and in the following years he played authentic revolutionaries and conscientious heroes in several other films. In Joachim Kunert's spy thriller "Im Sonderauftrag" (1959), Minetti starred as lieutenant commander Fischer, the head of a minesweper commando at Kap Arkona who discloses a traitor while doing his work. In "Hart am Wind" ("Close to the Wind", 1970), a feature film advertising military service in the Navy, he also played a captain who as a veteran seafarer is able to solve the private problems of his recruits.

From 1974 to 1989. Minetti acted as the director of Staatliche Schauspielschule "Ernst Busch" in Berlin-Schöneweide. Besides his work in film, the actor, a convicted Communist and member of the SED since 1950, also took over socio-political tasks and was a member of the FDJ Zentralrat for several years. Furthermore, Minetti was named the president of Verband der Theaterschaffenden in 1984. After the German reunification, Minetti was heavily criticised for his influential role in the GDR. During the 1990s, Minetti got less and less role offers and instead took on reading tours through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and worked for "Theater des Ostens" in Berlin where he was seen in several productions, including the 1991 production of Strindberg's "Totentanz" ("The Dance of Death") and the 1992 production of Ionesco's "Die Stühle" ("The Chairs"). In 1997, Minetti published his autobiography "Erinnerungen".

On November 10, 2006, Hans-Peter Minetti died at the age of 80 while taking a cure in the Czech Republic.

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

Filmography

1996 DEFA. Es werden ein paar Filme bleiben.
Participation
 
1995 Die Eisprinzessin
Cast
 
1991/1992 Miraculi
Cast
 
1990 Die Ritter der Tafelrunde
Cast
 
1989/1990 Hallo Partner
Cast
 
1989/1990 Unverhofft kommt oft
Cast
 
1988 Passage
Cast
 
1981-1983 Martin Luther
Cast
 
1978 Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot
Cast
 
1972/1973 Erlesenes [18]
Cast
 
1972 Das Geheimnis der Anden
Cast
 
1972 Aller Liebe Anfang
Cast
 
1972 Der Fall des Prinzen von Arenberg
Cast
 
1971 Die Verschworenen
Cast
 
1970 Ein Mann seltener Art. Aussagen über Hans Otto
Voice
 
1969/1970 Hart am Wind
Cast
 
1969/1970 Der gemachte Mann
Cast
 
1969 Umschlagplatz Ruine (1948)
Cast
 
1969 Die Dame aus Genua
Cast
 
1968/1969 Nebelnacht
Cast
 
1968 Novemberrevolution
Voice
 
1968 Erlesenes [04]
Cast
 
1968 Gedanken zum November
Voice
 
1967/1968 Piloten im Pyjama. 4. Die Donnergötter
Voice
 
1967/1968 Piloten im Pyjama. 3. Der Job
Voice
 
1967/1968 Piloten im Pyjama. 2. Hilton-Hanoi
Voice
 
1967/1968 Piloten im Pyjama. 1. Yes, Sir
Voice
 
1967 Der Zeuge
Voice
 
1967 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1967 / Nr. 004]
Cast
 
1966 Emilia Galotti
Cast
 
1965/1966 Spur der Steine
Cast
 
1965/1966 Dr. Schlüter. 5. Unter Menschen
Cast
 
1965 Dr. Schlüter (1-4)
Cast
 
1964 Alaskafüchse
Cast
 
1963/1964 Die Suche nach dem wunderbunten Vögelchen
Cast
 
1963 Carl von Ossietzky
Cast
 
1962/1963 Reserviert für den Tod
Cast
 
1962/1963 Geheimarchiv an der Elbe
Cast
 
1961/1962 Die schwarze Galeere
Cast
 
1961 Kuttel
Cast
 
1960 Nackt unter Wölfen
Cast
 
1959/1960 Wo der Zug nicht lange hält
Cast
 
1959/1960 Zu jeder Stunde
Cast
 
1959/1960 Haus im Feuer
Cast
 
1958/1959 Eine alte Liebe
Cast
 
1958/1959 Im Sonderauftrag
Cast
 
1957/1958 Tatort Berlin
Cast
 
1957 Polonia-Express
Cast
 
1957 Spur in die Nacht
Cast
 
1957 Interview mit Konrad Wolf
Participation
 
1956/1957 Lissy
Cast
 
1956/1957 Tinko
Cast
 
1956 Sieg Indien (Dshai Hind)
Voice
 
1956 Das Geisterschloß
Cast
 
1955/1956 Der Querkopf
Cast
 
1955 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
Cast
 
1954/1955 Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse
Cast
 
1954/1955 Der Teufel vom Mühlenberg
Cast
 
1953/1954 Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse
Cast
 

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