Manfred Krug

Manfred Krug

Additional Names: Clemens Kerber (Pseudonym)
Darsteller, Drehbuch, Musik
*08.02.1937 Duisburg; †21.10.2016 Berlin

Biography

Manfred Krug, born February 8, 1937, in Duisburg, moved to the GDR with his father after his parents separated. In Brandenburg an der Havel, Krug became a smelter and worked for four years in a steel plant and rolling mill. Simultaneously, Krug attended evening classes to catch up on his school exam. In 1954, Manfred Krug started his acting career when he attended actor's training at Staatliche Schauspielschule Berlin. But shortly before graduation, the rebellious young actor was expelled. Krug then went to Berliner Ensemble where he finished drama school.

In 1957, Krug made his movie debut as a guitarist in "Die Schönste". Because of his strong build, his powerful body language, and his rebellious presence, Krug mainly played roles of villains and young rowdies in the early years of his movie career. But in 1960, he made his first breakthrough in an ambitious role in Frank Beyer's successful civil war drama "Fünf Patronenhülsen" ("Five Cartridges") alongside Erwin Geschonneck. During the following years, Krug appeared in a series of DEFA entertainment movies with audience appeal and portrayed either socialist or anti-fascist heroes, or acted as a socially "valuable" role model, for instance in Ralf Kirsten's contemporary comedy "Auf der Sonnenseite" (1961).

Krug did not clash with the censors of the SED regime until 1966 when his portrayal of a rebellious and brash building site brigadier in Frank Beyer's adaptation of the best-selling novel "Spur der Steine" ("Traces of Stones") was deemed as too "anarchic" by the ruling powers – and the film was taken out of the cinemas. Indeed, the role of the aggressive, yet down-to-earth worker who defies authority and often kicks over the traces has always been one of Krug's main roles. With films such as the historical adventure "Mir nach, Canaillen" (1963) or the contemporary Eastern road movie "Weite Straßen – stille Liebe" (1969), Krug became a favourite of teenage moviegoers in the GDR.

During that time, Krug was also successful as a chanson and jazz singer, and as a theatre actor. He toured the GDR, Poland, and Czechoslovakia with his musical program and played the role of Sporting Life in a production of George Gershwin's "Porgy und Bess" at Berlin"s Komische Oper from 1970 to 1976. After recording his first albums already during the 1960s, Krug published a record nearly every year between 1970 and 1976. (And he made several further records from the mid-1990s on.)

In 1976, Krug used his popularity to protest together with other creative artists from the GDR against the expatriation of the dissident singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann. But then the popular actor, who had won numerous awards in the years before (among them the National award and the Medal for Merit of the GDR), was suddenly subjected to sanctions and censorship. The situation escalated when Krug beat down a Stasi informer who had insulted and defamed him publicly.

After being partly banned from employment for half a year, Manfred Krug applied for permission to leave the country in April of 1977 and finally left the GDR. After his transmigration to West Germany, Krug was able to continue his acting career without a break. With a leading role in the successful and long-lasting TV series "Auf Achse", Krug made his breakthrough in West Germany already in 1977. Until 1993, he appeared in five seasons and roughly 70 episodes of the series.

First and foremost, Krug became a television star in West Germany. He played an attorney in the Berlin-based comedic attorney TV series "Liebling Kreuzberg" (1986-1998), a detective in the crime series "Detektivbüro Roth" (1986-1987) or Hamburg-based chief inspector Stoever in the crime series "Tatort" (1984-2001). Krug's most popular and successful roles feature characters who work for the law but take liberties with the law and the authorities.

Manfred Krug died October 21, 2016 in Berlin, age 79.

Filmography

2001 Wolfgang Wilhelm - Ein Nachbar
Source music
 
2000/2001 Tod vor Scharhörn
Cast
 
2000 Der schwarze Skorpion
Cast
 
2000 Rattenlinie
Cast
 
2000 "Wenn ich singe". Manfred Krug - Der Sänger
Participation
 
1999/2000 Blaues Blut
Cast
 
1999 Der Duft des Geldes
Cast
 
1998/1999 Traumhaus
Cast
 
1998/1999 Habgier
Cast
 
1998 Schüsse auf der Autobahn
Cast
 
1998 Arme Püppi
Cast, Screenplay
 
1997/1998 Abgehauen
Participation, based on
 
1997 Undercover-Camping
Cast
 
1996/1997 Ausgespielt
Cast
 
1996/1997 Mord hinterm Deich
Cast
 
1996 Parteifreunde
Cast
 
1996 Lockvögel
Cast
 
1995/1996 Fetischzauber
Cast
 
1995 Tod auf Neuwerk
Cast
 
1995 Der König kehrt zurück
Cast
 
1995 Tödliche Freundschaft
Cast
 
1994/1995 Tod eines Polizisten
Cast
 
1993/1994 Singvogel
Cast
 
1993/1994 Ein Wodka zuviel
Cast
 
1993/1994 Der Blaue
Cast
 
1993 Um Haus und Hof
Cast
 
1992/1993 Amoklauf
Cast
 
1992 Kriminalrevue
Cast
 
1992 Das Experiment
Cast
 
1991/1992 Stoevers Fall
Cast
 
1991/1992 Blindekuh
Cast
 
1991 Tod eines Mädchens
Cast
 
1991 Kinder, Kader, Kommandeure
Voice, Vocals
 
1990/1991 Finale am Rothenbaum
Cast
 
1990 Neuner
Cast
 
1990 Zeitzünder
Cast
 
1990 »... die Post ist da!«
Cast
 
1989/1990 Lauf eines Todes
Cast
 
1988/1989 Armer Nanosh
Cast
 
1988/1989 Schmutzarbeit
Cast
 
1988 Rosamunde
Cast
 
1987/1988 Pleitegeier
Cast
 
1987/1988 Spuk aus der Eiszeit
Cast
 
1987/1988 Die Krimistunde [Folge 30]
Cast
 
1987/1988 Sonntagsbesuche
Cast
 
1987 Voll auf Haß
Cast
 
1987 Whopper-Punch 777
Cast
 
1986/1987 Tod im Elefantenhaus
Cast
 
1986 Tod auf Eis
Cast
 
1985/1986 Leiche im Keller
Cast
 
1984/1985 Irren ist tödlich
Cast
 
1984 Gelegenheit macht Liebe
Cast
 
1983/1984 Manfred Krug: Krumme Touren
Cast
 
1983/1984 Haie vor Helgoland
Cast
 
1983 Joseph Süß Oppenheimer
Cast
 
1983 Das Traumschiff. Marokko
Cast
 
1983 Konsul Möllers Erben
Cast
 
1983 Die Krimistunde [Folge 05]
Cast
 
1983 Wer raucht die Letzte?
Cast
 
1982/1983 Rendezvous der Damen
Cast
 
1981/1982 Väter
Cast
 
1981/1982 Väter. EP 2: Lektionen
Cast
 
1981 Das Traumschiff. Bahamas
Cast
 
1980/1981 Flächenbrand
Cast
 
1980/1981 Schwarze Fracht
Cast
 
1980 Ein Mann fürs Leben
Cast
 
1980 Tommys Trip
Cast
 
1980 Fliegender Start
Cast
 
1980 Ganoven unter sich
Cast
 
1980 Nur eine kleine Verwechslung
Cast
 
1980 Vollgas
Cast
 
1979 Live: Manfred Krug
Cast
 
1979 Phantasten
Cast
 
1978 Die tragische Muse von Rummelsburg
Cast
 
1978 Die Faust in der Tasche
Cast
 
1977/1978 Das Versteck
Cast
 
1977/1978 Paul kommt zurück
Cast
 
1976/1979 Feuer unter Deck
Cast
 
1976/1977 Abschied vom Frieden
Cast
 
1976/1977 Trini
dubbed by
 
1976 KM - 100 Jahre nach Highgate
Voice
 
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
 
1975 Bei Manfred Krug
Cast
 
1974 Kit & Co
Cast
 
1973/1974 Wie füttert man einen Esel
Cast, Music, Vocals
 
1973 Manfred Krug
Cast, Screenplay
 
1972/1973 Stülpner-Legende
Cast, Vocals
 
1972/1973 Das Lachen soll euch nicht im Halse stecken bleiben. 2. Teil
Cast, Voice
 
1972/1973 Die sieben Affären der Doña Juanita
Vocals, Lyrics
 
1972 Das Lachen soll euch nicht im Halse stecken bleiben. Unterhaltsames aus der DDR
Cast, Voice
 
1971/1972 Eolomea
dubbed by
 
1971/1972 Die gestohlene Schlacht
Cast
 
1971 Die Verschworenen
Cast
 
1971 Zwischen Freitag und morgen
Voice
 
1971 Der Mann, der nach der Oma kam
Vocals
 
1971 Leo oder wer rastet der rostet
Vocals
 
1970/1971 Husaren in Berlin
Cast
 
1970 365 Meter über Berlin
Vocals
 
1970 Netzwerk
Cast
 
1970 Der Oktober kam ...
Voice
 
1969/1970 Meine Stunde Null
Cast
 
1969 Junge Frau von 1914
Cast
 
1969 Weite Straßen - stille Liebe
Cast
 
1969 Mit mir nicht, Madam!
Cast
 
1968/1969 Was uns interessiert - Pionierjournal: Flugsport
Cast
 
1968/1969 Käuzchenkuhle
Cast, Music
 
1968 Wege übers Land
Cast
 
1968 Gesicht einer Jugend
Music
 
1967/1968 Hauptmann Florian von der Mühle
Cast
 
1967/1968 Abschied
Cast
 
1967 Turlis Abenteuer
Voice, Vocals
 
1967 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1967 / Nr. 045]
Participation
 
1967 Die Fahne von Kriwoj Rog
Cast
 
1967 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1967 / Nr. 036]
Participation
 
1966/1972 Der kleine Prinz
Vocals
 
1966/1967 Frau Venus und ihr Teufel
Cast, Screenplay, Vocals
 
1966/1967 Hochzeitsnacht im Regen
Vocals
 
1966 Bauleute heute
Voice
 
1965/1966 Spur der Steine
Cast
 
1965-1966/2005 Fräulein Schmetterling
Voice
 
1965 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1965 / Nr. 052]
Participation
 
1965 Wenn du groß bist, lieber Adam
Cast
 
1964/1965 Nichts als Sünde
Vocals
 
1964/1965 König Drosselbart
Cast
 
1964/1965 Die antike Münze
Cast, Vocals
 
1964-1966 Es genügt nicht 18 zu sein
Voice
 
1964 Das Märchen vom Jens und dem Kasper
Voice
 
1963/1964 Mir nach, Canaillen!
Cast, Screenplay
 
1963 Liebe braucht keine PS. Das Filmmagazin Nr. 5
Vocals
 
1963 Engel, Sünden und Verkehr. 2. Der Wettlauf des Hasen mit dem Igel
Cast, Vocals
 
1963 Engel, Sünden und Verkehr. 1. Schutzengel
Cast
 
1963 Im Januar 1963
Voice
 
1963 Der andere neben dir
Cast
 
1963 Engel, Sünden und Verkehr. 3. Sündenfälle
Cast
 
1962/1963 Silvester
Voice
 
1962/1963 Nebel
Cast, Vocals
 
1962/1963 Beschreibung eines Sommers
Cast
 
1962 Der Kinnhaken
Cast, Screenplay
 
1962 Minna von Barnhelm oder Das Soldatenglück
Cast
 
1962 Unbändiges Spanien
Voice
 
1961/1962 Revue um Mitternacht
Cast
 
1961/1962 Königskinder
Cast
 
1961/1962 Auf der Sonnenseite
Cast, Vocals
 
1961 Das Film-Magazin Nr. 2. Achtung - 8 x aufgeblendet. EP 4: Bankraub
Vocals
 
1961 Drei von vielen
Voice
 
1960/1961 Guten Tag, lieber Tag
Cast, Vocals
 
1960/1961 Professor Mamlock
Cast
 
1960/1961 Drei Kapitel Glück
Cast
 
1960 Nicht nur ein Abenteuer
Voice
 
1960 Was wäre, wenn...?
Cast
 
1959/1960 Fünf Patronenhülsen
Cast
 
1959/1960 Leute mit Flügeln
Cast
 
1959 Bevor der Blitz einschlägt
Cast
 
1959 Ich selbst und kein Engel
Cast
 
1958/1959 Reportage 57
Cast
 
1958/1959 Ware für Katalonien
Cast
 
1957 Ein Mädchen von 16 1/2
Cast
 
1957 Die Schönste
Cast
 

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