Heinz Bennent

Heinz Bennent

Additional Names: Heinrich August Bennent (Geburtsname)
Darsteller
*18.07.1921 Atsch bei Aachen; †12.10.2011 Lausanne, Schweiz

Biography

After dropping out of secondary school and abandoning his apprenticeship as a locksmith, Heinz Bennent became a member of the Air Force ground staff in 1940. After the war, he took acting classes in Göttingen.

From 1947 until 1963, he worked at theaters in Karlsruhe, Bochum, Basel, Bonn, Hannover, and Hamburg. From 1954, he also starred in many TV productions. In 1960/61, he played the devil in "Der Teufel ist los" (Peter Hamel), based on Grabbe"s play "Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung". He also starred as K. in Sylvain Dhomme"s movie adaptation of Kafka"s novel "Das Schloss" ("The Castle"), and as Fritz Tritz in "Der Nebbich" (Peter Zadek). Furthermore, Bennent repeatedly worked with Hans W. Geissendörfer: In "Eine Rose für Japan" he played a professional killer, and in "Perahim – die zweite Chance" he portrayed an ex-convict.

In the early 1970s, he relocated to Switzerland. In 1975/76, he accepted the leading role in the TV series "Der Anwalt" (Heinz Schirk). After playing his first movie leading role in Christian Rischert"s "Kopfstand, Madame" (1966), ten years passed before Bennent could be seen in his next big movie role: In Ingmar Bergman"s "The Serpent"s Egg" he played Dr. Hans Vergerus.

In Samuel Beckett"s one-man play "He, Joe", which was directed by the author himself, as well as in Truffaut"s "Le Dernier Metro", in which he played a Jewish theater director, Bennent portrayed people in conflict with themselves. Furthermore, he often played failing characters such as the district attorney Dr. Andergast in "Der Fall Maurizius" (Theodor Kotulla), and professor Kremer in Claude Goretta"s "Der Tod des Mario Ricci" ("La Mort de Mario Ricci"). In Geissendörfer"s "Die Eltern“, he co-starred alongside his wife Diane Mansart and his children Anne and David.


He also played supporting roles in movies with which his children became famous: Alongside Anne he starred in Geissendörfer"s "Die Wildente", and alongside David he could be seen in Volker Schlöndorff"s "Die Blechtrommel" ("The Tin Drum"). Since the early 1980s, Bennent has predominantly starred in French productions. In 2000, he was celebrated for his portrayal of the old philanderer Hugo in the movie adaptation of Ingrid Noll"s crime thriller "Kalt ist der Abendhauch" ("Cold Is the Breath of Evening"). The young Hugo was played by August Diehl. In 1998, Georg Stefan Troller portrayed the family of artists in his TV documentary "Benennt mal vier".

During the 1960s and the 1970s, Bennent took to the stage for several guest performances. From 1976, he appeared at the Munich Kammerspiele, the Berlin Schlossparktheater, and the Residenztheater in Munich. In February 1995, he starred in his first French-language theater production: Alongside his son David he played Hamm in Beckett"s "Fin de partie" at the Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne. Subsequently, he went on a theater tour with over a hundred performances.

Heinz Bennent died on Octobre 12, 2011 aged 90.

Filmography

1999/2000 Kalt ist der Abendhauch
Cast
 
1995 Tränen aus Stein
Cast
 
1994/1995 Eine französische Frau
Cast
 
1993 Das Sahara-Projekt
Cast
 
1991 Jour blanc
Cast
 
1988 Le due croci / Im Schatten des Kreuzes
Cast
 
1987/1988 Im Jahr der Schildkröte
Cast
 
1987 Die Kraft der Frauen steckt in ihrer Phantasie. Hans W. Geißendörfer und seine Filme
Participation
 
1985/1986 Gambit
Cast
 
1983 Capucine
Cast
 
1983 Der Snob
Cast
 
1982/1983 Geheimnisse einer Nacht
Cast
 
1982/1983 Der Tod des Mario Ricci
Cast
 
1981-1983 Krieg und Frieden
Cast
 
1981-1983 Krieg und Frieden. 06. Episode: Atombunker
Cast
 
1981 Nachts in einem fremden Haus
Cast
 
1981 Der Fall Maurizius
Cast
 
1980/1981 Possession
Cast
 
1979/1980 Aus dem Leben der Marionetten
Cast
 
1979/1980 Lulu
Cast
 
1979 Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die Liebe einer Frau
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die Blechtrommel
Cast
 
1978 Der Mann im Schilf
Cast
 
1977/1978 Deutschland im Herbst
Cast
 
1977/1978 Deutschland im Herbst. Episode 13: Die verschobene Antigone
Cast
 
1977/1978 Die Ängste des Dr. Schenk
Cast
 
1976/1977 Das Schlangenei
Cast
 
1976 Ich will leben
Cast
 
1976 Die Wildente
Cast
 
1976 Néa / Néa - Ein Mädchen entdeckt die Liebe
Cast
 
1975/1976 Zwei Leben
Cast
 
1975 Der Einarmige
Cast
 
1975 Das Netz
Cast
 
1975 Die Verwandlung
Cast
 
1975 Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
Cast
 
1975 Paddenberg
Cast
 
1974/1975 Wodka Bitter-Lemon
Cast
 
1974/1975 Eiszeit
Cast
 
1974 Ich suche Herrn Obolsky
Cast
 
1974 Sirenengesang
Cast
 
1973/1974 Die Eltern
Cast
 
1973/1974 Perahim - die zweite Chance
Cast
 
1973 Schneesturm
Cast
 
1973 Der Geigenspieler
Cast
 
1973 Alle lieben Célimare
Cast
 
1972/1973 Entziehung - Ein Tagebuch
Cast
 
1972 Marie
Cast
 
1972 Vier Schüsse auf den Mörder
Cast
 
1972 Tod eines Schulmädchens
Cast
 
1971/1972 Mandala
Cast
 
1971 Nasrin oder die Kunst zu träumen
Cast
 
1971 Rendez-vous en forêt / Rendezvous im Wald
Cast
 
1971 Auguri
Cast
 
1971 AE 612 ohne Landeerlaubnis
Cast
 
1970 Der Pott
Cast
 
1970 Mord im Pfarrhaus
Cast
 
1970 Der Portland-Ring
Cast
 
1970 Eine Rose für Jane
Cast
 
1969 Alle hatten sich abgewandt
Cast
 
1969 Nur der Freiheit gehört unser Leben
Cast
 
1969 Exklusiv!
Cast
 
1968/1969 Im Kreis
Cast
 
1968 Ein ehrenwerter Herr
Cast
 
1968 Ganze Tage in den Bäumen
Cast
 
1968 Nachtcafé
Cast
 
1967 Love from a Stranger. Ein Fremder klopft an
Cast
 
1967 Die Spur führt nach Amsterdam
Cast
 
1967 Heiraten ist immer ein Risiko
Cast
 
1967 Sechsmal Napoleon
Cast
 
1966/1967 Die Frau des Fotografen
Cast
 
1966/1967 Kopfstand, Madam!
Cast
 
1966 Der Kirschgarten
Cast
 
1966 Freiheit im Dezember
Cast
 
1966 Ein Haus aus lauter Liebe
Cast
 
1965 Acht Stunden Zeit
Cast
 
1965 Der große Wildenberg - Ein Feuilleton
Cast
 
1963 Detective Story (Polizeirevier 21)
Cast
 
1962/1963 Der Maulkorb
Cast
 
1962 Heroische Komödie
Cast
 
1962 Das Schloß
Cast
 
1961 Das Rendezvous von Senlis
Cast
 
1959 Arzt aus Leidenschaft
Cast
 
1959 Schneider Wibbel
Cast
 
1958 Bäume sterben aufrecht
Cast
 
1956 Die Fahrt ins Blaue
Cast
 
1956 Pariser Geschichten
Cast
 

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