Johannes Heesters

Johannes Heesters

Additional Names: Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Musik
*05.12.1903 Amersfoort, Niederlande; †24.12.2011 Starnberg

Biography

Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters, born December 5, 1903, in Amersfoort (Netherlands), initially wanted to become a Catholic priest but then completed an apprenticeship as a bank clerk. He then attended singing and acting lessons in Amsterdam and started his stage career. In 1924, Heesters landed his first role in the Dutch silent movie "Cirque Hollandais". In 1930, he married the Belgian actress Louise H. Ghijs. The couple stayed together until her death in 1985. During the mid-1930s, Heesters became an operetta tenor and made his first sound film appearances in Richard Oswald's Dutch production "Bleeke Bet" and in the Austrian-Dutch co-production "De vier Mullers".

In 1935, Heesters appeared in his first Ufa films and starred alongside Marta Eggerth in Detlef Sierck's "Das Hofkonzert" ("The Court Concertv), and alongside Marika Rökk in the Millöcker adaptation "Der Bettelstudent" ("The Beggar Student") and in "Gasparone". In 1939, the dream couple of German musical films joined for their last film "Hallo Janine" ("Hello Janine!"). In the meantime, Heesters had starred in several film comedies with Hans Moser or Theo Lingen. In 1941, he even played a character role as a lover who had been left by Brigitte Horney in "Illusionen".

Shortly after the war, Heesters performed the role of Count Danilo in Lehár's operetta "Die lustige Witwe" ("The Merry Widow") for more than 1600 times. Lehár's song "Heut" geh" ich ins Maxim" ("You"ll Find Me at Maxim's") became a popular evergreen that audiences always linked to Heesters – along with his signature costume, a white silk scarf and a top hat. Heesters also celebrated a large success with the musical "Gigi". His post-war movies mainly based on operetta references. In 1953, Otto Preminger brought him to Hollywood where he starred in the society comedy "Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach" ("The Girl on the Roof") and played the same role David Niven played in the US version of the film, "The Moon Is Blue". In 1961, Heesters starred in his preliminarily last movie in the pop music film "Junge Leute brauchen Liebe", directed by Geza von Cziffra.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Heesters appeared in numerous TV movies and in TV shows that were tailor-made for him. In 1982, he performed in a subtle character study alongside Carl Heinz Schroth in Neil Simon's "Sonny Boys". He also toured with his signature performance as aging Casanova in "Casanova auf Schloss Dux" and played the character about 540 times. In 1982, Theater an der Wien endowed the Johannes Heesters ring and made him its first bearer.

In 1985, Heesters starred in his first movie role after a 25-year break in "Otto – der Film", the movie debut of comedien Otto Waalkes. After several further appearances in TV productions, Heesters returned to the movie screen after another 23-year break in Til Schweiger's medieval comedy "1½ Ritter" ("1½ Knights - In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde").

In 1992, Johannes Heesters married the actress Simone Rethel (born June 15, 1949). He died December 24, 2011 aged 108 years in Starnberg.

Filmography

2011 TEN - Sündige und du wirst erlöst
Cast
 
2008 1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde
Cast
 
1996 Johannes Heesters - Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt
Cast
 
1996 Grandhotel
Cast
 
1994 Zwei alte Hasen
Cast
 
1993/1994 Silent Love
Cast
 
1993 Charme mit Herz. Festliche Gala aus dem Metropoltheater in Berlin
Cast
 
1993 Begegnungen: Johannes Heesters im Gespräch mit Paul Burkhalter
Cast
 
1993 Johannes Heesters - Ein Leben im Frack
Cast
 
1992 Seniorenclub
Cast
 
1991 Altes Herz wird nochmal jung
Cast
 
1990 Melodien für Millionen
Cast
 
1988 Durch dich wird diese Welt erst schön
Cast
 
1988 Tele-As. Das große Spiel rund ums Fernsehen
Cast
 
1986 Ein Abend für Johannes Heesters
Cast
 
1985 Stars in der Manege
Cast
 
1985 Otto - Der Film
Cast
 
1985 Ich knüpfte manche zarte Bande
Cast
 
1984 Die schöne Wilhelmine
Cast
 
1982 Sonny Boys
Cast
 
1981 Jetzt schlägt's 13
Cast
 
1980 Peter Alexander: Wir gratulieren [2]
Cast
 
1980 Liebe bleibt nicht ohne Schmerzen
Cast
 
1979 Die Alten kommen
Cast
 
1979 Träume kann man nicht verbieten
Cast
 
1978 Musik ist Trumpf
Cast
 
1978 Johannes Heesters: Es kommt auf die Sekunde an
Cast
 
1975 Treffpunkt Herz
Cast
 
1974 Anneliese Rothenberger gibt sich die Ehre
Participation
 
1973 Eine Frau bleibt eine Frau. II. Neue Geschichten mit Lilli Palmer
Cast
 
1973 Der Künstlerstammtisch
Cast
 
1972 Paganini
Cast
 
1969/1970 Parkplatz-Hyänen
Cast
 
1968 Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen
Cast
 
1968 Auf ins Metropol
Cast
 
1966/1967 Zwischenstationen: Johannes Heesters
Cast
 
1965 Viktoria und ihr Husar
Cast
 
1964 Leider lauter Lügen
Cast
 
1963 Es kommt auf die Sekunde an
Cast
 
1962 Ich knüpfte manche zarte Bande
Cast
 
1962 Hotel Victoria [1962]
Cast
 
1962 Ein zärtliches Lied
Cast
 
1962 Mein Bruder Jacques
Cast
 
1961/1962 Nicht zuhören, meine Damen!
Cast
 
1961 Heut geh' ich ins Maxim
Cast
 
1961 Junge Leute brauchen Liebe
Cast
 
1959/1960 Am grünen Strand der Spree. 5. Capriccio Italien
Cast
 
1959 Die unvollkommene Ehe
Cast
 
1959 100 Jahre Wiener Operette
Cast
 
1958/1959 Besuch aus heiterem Himmel
Cast
 
1958/1959 Frau im besten Mannesalter
Cast
 
1958 Bühne frei für Marika
Cast
 
1957 Von allen geliebt
Cast
 
1957 Viktor und Viktoria
Cast
 
1956 Opernball
Cast
 
1956 Meine Schwester und ich
Cast
 
1956 Heute heiratet mein Mann
Cast
 
1955/1956 Ein Herz und eine Seele
Cast
 
1954/1955 Bel ami
Cast
 
1954/1955 Stern von Rio
Cast
 
1954/1955 Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox
Cast
 
1953 Hab' ich nur Deine Liebe
Cast
 
1953 Die geschiedene Frau
Cast
 
1953 Liebeskrieg nach Noten
Cast
 
1953 Schlagerparade
Vocals
 
1952 Im weissen Rössl
Cast
 
1951 Tanz ins Glück
Cast
 
1951 Die Csardasfürstin
Cast
 
1950/1951 Professor Nachtfalter
Cast
 
1950 Hochzeitsnacht im Paradies
Cast
 
1950 Wenn eine Frau liebt
Cast
 
1949 Liebe Freundin
Cast
 
1947/1948 Leckerbissen
Participation
 
1947 Wiener Melodien
Cast
 
1946 Renee XIV.
Cast
 
1944/1946 Die Fledermaus
Cast
 
1944/1945 Frech und verliebt
Cast
 
1943/1944 Glück bei Frauen
Cast
 
1943/1944 Es lebe die Liebe
Cast
 
1943/1944 Es fing so harmlos an
Cast
 
1942/1943 Großstadtmelodie
Cast
 
1942/1943 Karneval der Liebe
Cast
 
1941 Illusion
Cast
 
1941 Immer nur... Du!
Cast, Vocals
 
1941 Der Trichter [Nr. 12]
Cast
 
1941 Jenny und der Herr im Frack
Cast, Vocals
 
1940 Rosen in Tirol
Cast, Vocals
 
1940 Die lustigen Vagabunden
Cast, Vocals
 
1939/1940 Liebesschule
Cast
 
1939 Meine Tante - Deine Tante
Cast
 
1939 Hallo Janine
Cast
 
1938/1939 Das Abenteuer geht weiter
Cast
 
1938 Nanon
Cast
 
1937 Wenn Frauen schweigen
Cast, Vocals
 
1937 Gasparone
Cast
 
1936 Das Hofkonzert
Cast
 
1936 Der Bettelstudent
Cast, Music performer
 
1935/1936 Die Leuchter des Kaisers
Cast
 
1934/1935 Alles für die Firma
Cast
 
1934/1935 De vier Mullers
Cast
 
1934 Bleeke Bet
Cast
 

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