Horst Drinda

Horst Drinda

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch
*01.05.1927 Berlin; †21.02.2005 Berlin

Biography

Horst Eckhart Drinda, born May 1, 1927, in Berlin-Wedding, learned to build aeroplane engines at the Junckers plants in Köthen/Dessau. In the fall of 1944, he enrolled at the military college in Gotenhafen to prepare for the career of a technical officer. But already in the January of 1945, Drinda was deployed to the infantry. He got wounded, and was finally taken captive during the fight for Berlin but was able to escape.

During the late summer of 1945, Drinda already auditioned for Gustav von Wangenheim and earned a scholarship at the drama school of Deutsches Theater Berlin. He made his stage debut in 1946 and was a cast member of the ensemble of Deutsches Theater until 1971 with the exception of the season 1948 to 1950 where he performed at Landestheater Halle. After 1971, Drinda still performed as a guest at Deutsches Theater.

Under the artistic director Wolfgang Langhoff, Drinda became one of the most prolific actors of the tradition-rich theatre during the 1950s. He played youthful heroes and later also character roles such as Ferdinand in Goethe"s "Egmont" (1951), Schiller"s "Don Carlos" (1952) or "Hamlet" (1964). But he was also successful in comic roles, for instance as Khlestakov in a 1954 production of Gogol"s "Der Revisor" ("The Government Inspector").

Drinda made his movie debut already in 1948 in "Und wieder 48" but was mainly moonlighting in the movie business. He starred in a series of satirical short films of Stacheltier-Produktion whose director Richard Groschopp also cast him in several feature-length comedies, as well as in the title role of Günter Reisch"s "Der Dieb von San Marengo". In Konrad Wolf"s "Lissy", Drinda delivered an impressive performance as the employee Frohmeyer who tries to accomplish his petty bourgeois dream of advancement in the SA.

However, Drinda played his most important movie part in 1965 as the worker and communist Ernst Machner in Günther Rücker"s film "Die besten Jahre" ("The Best Years"). After returning from the war, Machner becomes a teacher and his ardous rise is a sketch of 15 years of educational politics in the GDR. In "KLK an PTX – Die rote Kapelle" ("KLK Calling PTZ: The Red Orchestra"), Drinda played the resistance fighter Dr. Arvid Harnack.

But Drinda played most of his important roles on TV. From 1967 to 1970, he portrayed the publisher Axel Caesar Springer in a TV series that was important in the ideological conflict with the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1971, Drinda became a cast member of the ensemble of the GDR television and from then on appeared in all major TV productions.

Drinda then became popular with several TV series that portrayed everyday life in the GDR. In the last years of his career, he also played persons of authority in contemporary films – for instance, Weißbecher in "Auf der Suche nach Gatt" based on Erik Neutsch, and Professor Schaffroth in "Anamnese" – and in historic films, for instance the Prussian reform general Gerhard von Scharnhorst in "Scharnhorst", the Bulgarian communist Dimitroff in "Der Teufelskreis", that was also co-directed by Drinda, and Karl Marx in "Das Interview". Drinda also directed several films such as the 1972 TV adaptation of Molière"s "Don Juan". After the end of the GDR Horst Drinda was rarely seen on the screen, he only appeared in some small cameos.

After having suffered two strokes in 2003, Horst Drinda died in Berlin, February 21, 2005.

Filmography

1998/1999 Gefährliche Wahrheit
Cast
 
1996/1997 Wenn das Böse erwacht
Cast
 
1996 Stubbe und das Kind
Cast
 
1995 Verliebte Feinde
Cast
 
1989/1990 Falscher Jasmin
Cast
 
1987/1988 Eine Magdeburger Geschichte
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1983-1985 Mein lieber Onkel Hans
Cast
 
1983 Das Interview
Cast
 
1982 Im Spiegel
Cast
 
1982 Der Teufelskreis
Cast, Director
 
1980/1981 Der kleine Doktor
Cast
 
1980/1981 Zwei Zeilen, kleingedruckt
Cast
 
1979/1980 Anamnese
Cast
 
1978/1979 Gelb ist nicht nur die Farbe der Sonne
Cast
 
1978/1979 Plantagenstraße 19
Cast
 
1978/1979 Nachtspiele
Cast
 
1977/1978 Scharnhorst
Cast
 
1977/1978 Addio, piccola mia
Cast
 
1976 Der Weg ins Nichts
Cast
 
1975/1976 Auf der Suche nach Gatt
Cast
 
1973 Eva und Adam oder Drum prüfe!
Cast
 
1972/1973 Gesichter im Zwielicht
Cast
 
1971/1972 Eva und Adam oder Gefechte mit Napoleon
Cast
 
1970/1971 KLK an PTX - Die Rote Kapelle
Cast
 
1970 Kein Mann für Camp Detrick
Cast
 
1969/1970 Der Königsmacher
Cast
 
1969/1970 Der gemachte Mann
Cast
 
1967/1968 Seid nett zueinander
Cast
 
1967/1968 Männer werden gemacht
Cast
 
1967/1968 Vom schweren Anfang
Cast
 
1967 Kleiner Mann - was nun?
Cast
 
1967 Begegnungen
Cast
 
1966/1967 Er ging allein
Cast
 
1966-1968 Der Mord, der nie verjährt
Cast
 
1965/1966 Die Reise nach Sundevit
Cast
 
1965-1967 Die Heimkehr des Georg Weerth
Voice
 
1965 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1965 / Nr. 044]
Participation
 
1965 Ballade vom roten Mohn / Four Soldiers
Voice
 
1965 Der Nachfolger
Cast
 
1964/1965 Die besten Jahre
Cast
 
1963 Johannes R. Becher
Participation
 
1962/1963 Der Dieb von San Marengo
Cast
 
1961/1991 Das Kleid
Cast
 
1961/1962 Das verhexte Fischerdorf
Cast
 
1961 Der Traum des Hauptmann Loy
Cast
 
1960/1961 Das Film-Magazin Nr. 1. EP 6: Ein Ehepaar erzählt einen Witz
Cast
 
1960/1961 Die Liebe und der Co-Pilot
Cast
 
1960-1962 Enge Verbundenheit
Cast
 
1960-1962 Ärzte
Cast
 
1960 Produktion geht vor...
Cast
 
1960 Begegnung im Zwielicht
Cast
 
1959/1960 Hochmut kommt vor dem Knall
Cast
 
1959-1963 Das russische Wunder. 2 Teile
Voice
 
1959 Bevor der Blitz einschlägt
Cast
 
1958/1959 Spuk im Schloß
Voice
 
1958 Sie nannten das Justiz...
Cast
 
1958 Einer unserer Besten
Cast
 
1958 Klotz am Bein
Cast
 
1957/1958 Sie kannten sich alle
Cast
 
1956/1957 Lissy
Cast
 
1956 Kleine Fische
Cast
 
1956 Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Cast
 
1955 Pep
Cast
 
1955 Der Fischer un sine Fru
Cast
 
1954/1955 Einmal ist keinmal
Cast
 
1954/1955 Der Untermieter
Cast
 
1954 Die Nacht des Grauens
Cast
 
1953/1954 Gefährliche Fracht
Cast
 
1953 Die DEFA-Rakete - Folge 1
Cast
 
1953 Bitte nicht stören
Cast
 
1951 Zugverkehr unregelmäßig
Cast
 
1949/1950 Semmelweis - Retter der Mütter
Cast
 
1949/1950 Der Auftrag Höglers
Cast
 
1948 ...und wieder 48!
Cast
 

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