Hilmar Thate

Hilmar Thate

Additional Names: Hilmar Otto Thate (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Musik
*17.04.1931 Dölau (Halle); †14.09.2016 Berlin

Biography

Hilmar Thate, born April 17, 1931, in Dölau near Halle an der Saale as the son of a locksmith and a housewife, started to attend actor's training in Halle in 1947. From 1949 on, he performed at Theater Cottbus before he went to Berlin in 1952 where he started out at Theater der Freundschaft, and later went to Maxim Gorki Theater. From 1959 to 1970, Thate was a cast member of Berliner Ensemble, and from 1971 to 1979 he was employed at Deutsches Theater. His most important roles include Bertolt Brecht's Jean Cabet in "Die Tage der Kommune" (1962) and Givola in "Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui" ("The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui", 1959), as well as Shakespeare's "Richard III." (1972). Thate's energetic performances polarized critics. Thus, he often received fulsome praise as well as harsh criticism for the same performance.

Thate started his movie career in the mid-1950s. He made his debut in Konrad Wolf's graduation film "Einmal ist keinmal" (1955) and subsequently starred in "Leute mit Flügeln" (1960), "Professor Mamlock" (1961), and "Der geteilte Himmel" ("The Divided Heaven", 1964). Thate also played key supporting roles in Kurt Maetzig's film "Das Lied der Matrosen" (1958), and in "Der Fall Gleiwitz" ("The Gleiwitz Case", 1961), directed by Gerhard Klein. But he did not play his first leading role in a movie until 1974 when he played the role of Eduard in Siegfried Kühn's adaptation of Goethe's novel "Die Wahlverwandtschaften" (Elective Affinities").

During this time, Thate also made his breakthrough on TV. In 1976, he got the title role in the five-part series "Daniel Druskat" as the friend and fierce rival of Manfred Krug. Thate won the GDR's national award for his performance in this rural drama from the early years of GDR history. Furthermore, Thate made a brilliant performance in Kühn's feature film "Don Juan, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 78" as a driven opera director who not only directs "Don Giovanni" on stage but also in his own life.

In 1976, Thate was one of the first to support a petition against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann. Furthermore, he conformed less and less to GDR cultural politics. Thus, he migrated to West Germany with his wife Angelica Domröse in 1980 and continued his successful theatre career. He performed at theatres in West Berlin, Bochum, Stuttgart, Munich, Vienna, and Salzburg. He made a brilliant performance alongside his wife in a 1998 production of "Stalin" by Gaston Salvatore, directed by George Tabori, as well as in a 1995 production of "Don Juan", directed by Ingmar Bergman.

Thate also continued his successful movie career in West Germany. He played torn characters in Thomas Brasch's "Engel aus Eisen" ("Angels of Iron", 1981), and in Fassbinder's "Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss" ("Veronika Voss", 1982). He became known to a wider audience with his part of strip club owner Rudi Kranzow in Dieter Wedel's multi-part TV movie "Der König von St. Pauli" (1997).

Thate was highly praised for his performance in Andreas Kleinert's "Wege in die Nacht" ("Paths in the Night", 1999). He starred as Walter, who had been a successful citizen of the GDR but is not able to cope with unemployment in reunified Germany. Thus, he roams through Berlin at night to enforce law and order. Thate won the Grimme award and the Best actor award at the Karlovy film festival for this role. Furthermore, he won a German TV award and a Bavarian TV award for his role as Richard Wolf, the head of the Federal Crime Police Office, in the TV movie "Operation Rubikon" (2002). In his last cinematic performances, Thate was seen as bishop in Volker Schlöndorff's" Der neunte Tag" ("The Ninth Day", 2004) and as a composer in Jutta Brückner's "Hitlerkantate" ("Hitler Cantata", 2005).

Hilmar Thate died September 14, 2016 in Berlin, age 85.

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

Filmography

2004/2005 Hitlerkantate
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der neunte Tag
Cast
 
2002 Operation Rubikon
Cast
 
2000/2001 Ein mörderisches Märchen
Cast
 
2000 Krieger und Liebhaber
Cast
 
1998/1999 Wege in die Nacht
Cast
 
1996/1997 Der König von St. Pauli
Cast
 
1996 Berlin - Moskau
Cast
 
1990/1991 Hurenglück
Cast
 
1988/1989 Die Väter des Nardino
Cast
 
1985 Die Hose
Cast
 
1983 Dingo
Cast
 
1982/1983 Angst vor dem Leben
Cast
 
1982 Variation
Cast
 
1982 Querelle - Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel
Voice
 
1981/1982 Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Cast
 
1981/1982 Flüchtige Bekanntschaften
Cast
 
1981 Die zweite Haut
Cast
 
1980/1981 Engel aus Eisen
Cast
 
1979/1980 Don Juan, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 78
Cast
 
1979/1980 Der Galgensteiger
Cast
 
1977/1978 Fleur Lafontaine
Cast
 
1977 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1977 / Nr. 05]
Participation
 
1976 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1976 / Nr. 020]: 30 Jahre DEFA / 30 Jahre Filmkunst im Auftrag der Arbeiterklasse (Erinnerungen an Filme und Filmschöpfer)
Participation
 
1975/1976 Daniel Druskat
Cast
 
1973/1974 Die Wahlverwandtschaften
Cast
 
1972/1973 Zement
Cast
 
1972 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1972 / Nr. 24]
Participation
 
1971 Optimistische Tragödie
Cast
 
1970 Der Oktober kam ...
Voice
 
1969 Anno Populi - Im Jahre des Volkes 1949
Voice
 
1968/1969 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1969 / Nr. 01]
Participation
 
1968 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1968 / Nr. 009]
Participation
 
1968 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1968 / Nr. 041]
Participation
 
1967 Saatfrüchte sollen nicht vermahlen werden
Voice
 
1966 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1966 / Nr. 046]
Participation
 
1966 Hilmar Thate singt Dessau, Eisler, Hosalla
Participation, Vocals
 
1965/1966 Memento
Voice
 
1965 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1965 / Nr. 044]
Participation
 
1963/1964 Der geteilte Himmel
Cast
 
1963 Die rote Kamille
Cast
 
1963 Johannes R. Becher
Participation
 
1963 Ein Mann und sein Schatten
Cast
 
1962 Unbändiges Spanien
Voice
 
1962 Die letzte Chance
Cast
 
1961/1962 Der Dickhäuter
Cast
 
1960/1961 Professor Mamlock
Cast
 
1960/1961 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
Cast
 
1960/1961 Der Fall Gleiwitz
Cast
 
1959/1960 Kosmos - Erinnerungen an Alexander von Humboldt
Voice
 
1959/1960 Leute mit Flügeln
Cast
 
1959 Kämpfende Kunst
Voice
 
1959 Der Bumerang
Cast
 
1959 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1959 / A Nr. 049]
Participation
 
1958 Die saure ENTE
Cast
 
1958 Das Lied der Matrosen
Cast
 
1957/1958 Jahrgang 21
Cast
 
1955 Robert Mayer - Der Arzt aus Heilbronn
Cast
 
1954/1955 Einmal ist keinmal
Cast
 

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