Käthe Reichel

Käthe Reichel

Darstellerin
*03.03.1926 Berlin; †18.10.2012 Buckow

Biography

Käthe Reichel, born March 3, 1926, in Berlin, attended commercial training and became a draper before she turned to acting rather by accident after the end of World War II. Without ever attending drama school, she became a cast member at the theatre in Greiz. In 1950, Bert Brecht who recognized her acting talent, brought her to Berliner Ensemble. There, she worked hard for her reputation as a born Brecht actress with highly-praised performances in "Die Dreigroschenoper" ("The Threepenny-Opera") and in "Der kaukasische Kreidekreis" ("The Caucasian Chalk Circle"), among others.

From 1961 on, Käthe Reichel continued her theatre career at a new place of activity – as a cast member of Deutsches Theater Berlin. With unabated success, she performed, for instance, in Lessing's "Minna von Barnhelm" or in Sean O'Caseys "Juno and the Paycock".

Käthe Reichel made her movie debut in 1951 in a small role in Arthur Pohl's "Corinna Schmidt" but did not continue her movie career for several years. Instead, she perpetuated her theatre career. 18 years later, after her role in the fairy tale movie "Wie heiratet man einen König" (1969), Reichel finally started to work regularly for movie productions. She was mainly seen in key supporting roles, for instance in Roland Gräf's "Mein lieber Robinson" ("My Friend Robinson", 1971), in the classic DEFA movie "Die Legende von Paul und Paula" ("The Legend of Paul and Paula", 1973), where she played the eccentric wife of the shooting gallery owner, or in the drama "Die Verlobte" ("The Fiancée", 1980), where Reichel played an emotionally torn prison warden.

Besides her acting career, Käthe Reichel became known for her political activities. In 1976, she collected signatures against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann, and during the turnaround in the GDR, she was a strong advocate for alternative political perspectives, to state only two examples. In 2000, Reichel was awarded the human rights awards by the "Gesellschaft zum Schutz der Bürgerrechte und Menschenwürde" ("Society for the protection of civil rights and human dignity").

Käthe Reichel died October 18, 2012, aged 86.

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

Filmography

2011/2012 Faust Sonnengesang
Voice
 
2005/2006 Brecht - Die Kunst zu leben
Participation
 
1997/1998 Der Laden
Cast
 
1991/1992 Miraculi
Cast
 
1991/1992 Die Spur des Bernsteinzimmers
Cast
 
1990/1991 Zwischen Pankow und Zehlendorf
Cast
 
1990/1991 Farßmann oder Zu Fuß in die Sackgasse
Cast
 
1988/1989 Pestalozzis Berg
Cast
 
1987/1988 Die Weihnachtsgans Auguste
Cast
 
1987/1988 Eifersucht
Cast
 
1985-1990 Wie ein Vogel im Schwarm
Cast
 
1984/1985 Besuch bei van Gogh
Cast
 
1984 Der Schimmelreiter / Jezdiec na siwym koniu
Cast
 
1983/1984 Das vergessene Labor
Cast
 
1983/1984 Weiberwirtschaft
Cast
 
1983/1984 Ärztinnen
Cast
 
1982 Die fidele Bäckerin
Cast
 
1982 Spuk im Hochhaus - Teil 1: Feuer und Wasser
Cast
 
1982 Spuk im Hochhaus - Teil 2: Abschied wider Willen
Cast
 
1981/1982 Das Graupenschloß
Cast
 
1981 Die fliegende Windmühle
Voice
 
1980/1988 Jadup und Boel
Cast
 
1980/1981 Alptraum
Cast
 
1980/1981 Pugowitza
Cast
 
1979/1980 Levins Mühle
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Verlobte
Cast
 
1979/1980 Friedhelms Geburtstag und andere Geschichten
Cast
 
1979/1980 Muhme Mehle
Cast
 
1978-1980 Glück im Hinterhaus
Cast
 
1978 Stine
Cast
 
1978 Rotschlipse
Cast
 
1978 Spuk unterm Riesenrad - Teil 1: Die Ausreißer
Cast
 
1978 Spuk unterm Riesenrad - Teil 2: Eine Burg in Gefahr
Cast
 
1977/1978 Zünd an, es kommt die Feuerwehr
Cast
 
1977/1978 Fleur Lafontaine
Cast
 
1976 Die Trauerrede und andere heitere Begebenheiten
Cast
 
1975/1976 Die Forelle
Cast
 
1975/1976 Das Licht auf dem Galgen
Cast
 
1975/1976 Daniel Druskat
Cast
 
1974/1975 Heute ist Freitag
Cast
 
1974/1975 Mein lieber Mann und ich
Cast
 
1973/1974 Johannes Kepler
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die Legende von Paul und Paula
Cast
 
1971/1972 Leichensache Zernik
Cast
 
1971 Männer ohne Bart
Cast
 
1971 Nach meinem letzten Umzug...
Cast
 
1970/1971 Mein lieber Robinson
Cast
 
1970 Du und ich und Klein-Paris
Cast
 
1968/1969 Nebelnacht
Cast
 
1968 Wie heiratet man einen König
Cast
 
1958 Die Feststellung
Cast
 
1952 Frauenschicksale
Cast
 
1951 Corinna Schmidt
Cast
 

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