Mario Adorf

Mario Adorf

Darsteller, Drehbuch, Musik
*08.09.1930 Zürich, Schweiz

Biography

Mario Adorf was born in Zurich on the 8th of September 1930. After graduating from school in the German town Mayen, he went to university and started working as an extra and production assistant at the Zurcher Schauspielhaus. In 1953, Adorf enrolled at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich, and subsequently joined the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele, where he worked from 1954-1960.

Adorf made his screen debut in 1954 as one of the German soldiers in Paul May's highly successful WWII-trilogy "O8/15". In 1957, he played a demented mass murderer in Robert Siodmak's "Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam" and was later awarded a Deutsche Filmpreis (German Film Award) for his performance. Mario Adorf was frequently cast as the brooding bad guy, for instance in "Das Totenschiff" and "Winnetou I". Since the mid-1960s, he also appeared in Italian productions, where he could sometimes alter his prevailing screen image by playing more comical parts.

Over the years, Adorf acted in numerous foreign-language films, including turns in "Major Dundee", "Fedora", "The Holocraft Covenant" and "Jours tranquilles à Clichy". From 1970 on, he was one of the most-sought after actors of the New German Cinema and participated in groundbreaking works such as "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum" and "Die Blechtrommel" – which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film –, both directed by Volker Schöndorff.

Retaining his immense popularity, Adorf has been predominately working in television for the last twenty years, most notably in critically acclaimed miniseries such as "Der Schattenmann" and "Der große Bellheim".

Also after his 80th birthday, Adorf maintained his high-profile and industrious schedule as an actor. He starred as a marzipan manufacturer struggling to save his empire in the made-for-TV movie "Der letzte Patriach" (2010). He then delivered a memorable performance as a Czech war criminal who is confronted by the relatives of his victims after the end of WWII in Nikolaus Leytner's "Die lange Welle hinterm Kiel".

In 2012, Adorf returned to the big screen with "Die Libelle und das Nashorn": He plays an aging, narcissistic movie star, who spends an eventful night in a luxury hotel with an upcoming female author, whom he initially dislikes.

He then excelled in Urs Egger's made-for-TV drama "Krokodil" (2013) as a successful writer whose secluded life is turned upside down by a young woman and her little son. In Anna Justice's two-part TV production "Pinocchio" (2013) he featured as the warm-hearted and slightly melancholy woodcarver Gepetto, a distinguished role for Adorf. At the Munich International Film Festival 2013, Lola Randl's "Die Erfindung der Liebe" ("The Invention of Love") premiered. The film that took a long time to finish after the female lead Maria Kwiatkowsky had died unexpectedly in 2011 features Adorf in a minor role as an elegant aristocrat.

He starred in a strong role in "Der letzte Mentsch" ("The Last Mentsch", 2014) as a concentration camp survivor who had started a new life as a "German" after the war and now has to prove his Jewish ancestry in order to be buried on a Jewish cemetery. Shortly after, Adorf featured again in a film widely praised by the critics – Jan Georg Schütte's largely improvised ensemble comedy "Altersglühen" (2014, TV) – where he personified a widower who had promised is dying wife to find a new partner.

After featuring as the main character's father in Dani Levy's comedy "Der Liebling des Himmels" (2015, TV), Mario Adorf returned to where his career had started: The made-for-TV movie "Winnetou" (expected to be aired in 2016) features him as the murderous bandit Santer once again, just like the original from 1963.

Filmography

2016/2017 Marina, Mabuse und Morituri
Participation
 
2016/2017 Offene Wunde Deutscher Film
Participation
 
2015/2016 Winnetou
Cast
 
2015/2016 Schubert in Love - Vater werden ist (nicht) schwer
Cast
 
2014/2015 Der Liebling des Himmels
Cast
 
2014-2016 Verfluchte Liebe Deutscher Film
Participation
 
2014 Swan Song: Die Geschichte von Billy Wilders "Fedora"
Participation
 
2013/2014 Altersglühen - Speed Dating für Senioren
Cast
 
2013 Pinocchio
Cast
 
2012-2014 Der letzte Mentsch
Cast
 
2012 Die Libelle und das Nashorn
Cast
 
2011-2013 Die Erfindung der Liebe
Cast
 
2010/2011 Gegengerade - 20359 St. Pauli
Cast
 
2008/2009 Same Same but Different
Cast
 
2008/2009 Western Legenden - Made in Hollywood
Participation
 
2007/2008 Botero - Geboren in Medellin
Voice
 
2006/2007 Kleiner Dodo
Voice
 
2006-2008 Die Rote Zora
Cast
 
2005/2006 Karol Wojtyla - Geheimnisse eines Papstes
Cast
 
2005 Enigma - Eine uneingestandene Liebe
Cast, Dialogue
 
2005 Es ist ein Elch entsprungen
Cast
 
2002/2003 Till Eulenspiegel
Voice
 
2002/2003 Die Verhoevens
Participation
 
2002/2003 Die schnelle Gerdi und die Hauptstadt
Cast
 
2002-2005 Passion & Poetry. The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah
Participation
 
2001/2002 Epsteins Nacht
Cast
 
2000-2002 Die Affäre Semmeling
Cast
 
2000 Vola Sciusciù
Cast
 
1999/2000 Ein Mann für jedes Alter
Participation
 
1998/1999 Ama il tuo nemico
Cast
 
1998 Caraibi / Die Piraten der Karibik
Cast
 
1997-1999 Wilhelm II. - Majestät brauchen Sonne
Voice
 
1997 Alles für die Mafia
Cast
 
1996/1997 Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee
Cast
 
1996/1997 Lokalderby. Eine Stadt im Fußballfieber
Participation
 
1996 Amigo-Affäre
Cast
 
1996 Im Visier der Drogenmafia
Cast
 
1996 Der Maulwurf
Cast
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Cast
 
1996 Schwarzmüller
Cast
 
1995/1996 Alles nur Tarnung
Cast
 
1995-1997 Die Furchtlosen Vier
Voice
 
1994/1995 Der kleine Lord
Cast
 
1994/1995 Der Schattenmann
Cast
 
1994 Ein Freund, ein guter Freund. Heinz Rühmann 1902-1994
Participation
 
1994 Höchstpersönlich: Mario Adorf
Cast
 
1993/1994 Felidae
Voice
 
1993/1994 Missus
Cast
 
1993 Maus und Katz
Cast
 
1993 Amigomio
Cast
 
1993 Bauernschach
Cast
 
1992/1993 König der letzten Tage
Cast
 
1992/1993 Münster - ein Käfig voller Geschichte
Cast
 
1991/1992 Der große Bellheim
Cast
 
1991 Die Kaltenbach-Papiere
Cast
 
1990/1991 Pizza Colonia
Cast
 
1990/1991 Ex und Hopp
Cast
 
1990 Café Europa
Cast
 
1989/1990 Stille Tage in Clichy
Cast
 
1989 Der Prozeß des Galileo
Cast
 
1989 Maxantimo
Cast
 
1988/1989 Keine Gondel für die Leiche
Cast
 
1988/1989 Enrico Fermi - Sein Weg zum Ruhm
Cast
 
1988/1989 Franziskus
Cast
 
1988 Rosamunde
Cast
 
1987/1988 Rausch der Verwandlung
Cast
 
1986/1987 Heimatmuseum
Cast
 
1986/1987 Des Teufels Paradies
Cast
 
1986 Mino
Cast
 
1985/1986 Momo
Cast
 
1985 Via Mala
Cast
 
1984/1985 Flucht ohne Ende
Cast
 
1984/1985 Coconuts
Cast
 
1984/1985 Marie Ward - Zwischen Galgen und Glorie
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 1. Wer reinkommt, ist drin
Cast
 
1983 Klassenverhältnisse
Cast
 
1982 Die Linden von Lautenbach
Cast
 
1981/1982 Nina
Cast
 
1981 Lola
Cast
 
1980 Gesucht wird... Drei Geschichten um nicht ganz ehrenwerte Herren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Giganten der Landstraße
Cast
 
1979 Milo Milo
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die Blechtrommel
Cast
 
1977/1978 Fedora
Cast
 
1977/1978 Deutschland im Herbst
Cast
 
1977/1978 Deutschland im Herbst. Episode 13: Die verschobene Antigone
Cast
 
1977/1978 Taugenichts
Cast
 
1977 Der Hauptdarsteller
Cast
 
1977 Tod oder Freiheit
Cast
 
1976 Mein Kind. Lieder von und mit Anja Hauptmann
Participation
 
1976 Bomber und Paganini
Cast
 
1976 Gefundenes Fressen
Cast
 
1975/1976 Warum bellt Herr Bobikow?
Cast
 
1975 Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
Cast
 
1975 MitGift
Cast
 
1974/1975 Der 3. Grad
Cast
 
1973 Die Reise nach Wien
Cast
 
1972/1973 Il clan del quartiere Latino
Cast
 
1972 Der Mafia-Boss - Sie töten wie Schakale
Cast
 
1971/1972 Toll trieben es die alten Germanen
Cast
 
1971/1972 King, Queen, Knave
Cast
 
1971/1972 Das Syndikat
Cast
 
1971 Malastrana
Cast
 
1970 Deadlock
Cast
 
1969/1970 Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Handschuhe
Cast
 
1969/1970 Die Herren mit der weißen Weste
Cast
 
1969 Fahrt zur Hölle ihr Halunken
Cast
 
1968/1969 Maßnahmen gegen Fanatiker
Cast
 
1968/1969 Engelchen macht weiter, hoppe - hoppe Reiter
Cast
 
1966/1967 Zärtliche Haie
Cast
 
1966 Unser Boß ist eine Dame
Cast
 
1966 Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti
Cast
 
1965/1966 Ganovenehre
Cast
 
1965/1966 Ich habe sie gut gekannt
Cast
 
1965 Die Herren
Cast
 
1965 Spione unter sich
Cast
 
1965 Ten Little Indians
Cast
 
1964/1965 Vergeltung in Catano
Cast
 
1964/1965 Die Herren. 1. Episode: Die Intellektuellen
Cast
 
1964/1965 Major Dundee
Cast
 
1964 Die Goldsucher von Arkansas
Cast
 
1964 Polizeirevier Davidswache
Cast
 
1963/1964 Der letzte Ritt nach Santa Cruz
Cast
 
1963/1964 Vorsicht, Mister Dodd
Cast
 
1963 Die zwölf Geschworenen
Cast
 
1963 Moral 63
Cast
 
1963 Winnetou I
Cast
 
1962/1963 Endstation 13 Sahara
Cast
 
1962/1963 Die endlose Nacht
Cast
 
1962 Straße der Verheißung
Cast
 
1962 Lulu
Cast
 
1961 Rennen
Voice
 
1960/1961 Haut für Haut
Cast, dubbed by
 
1960 Schachnovelle
Cast
 
1960 Mein Schulfreund
Cast
 
1959/1960 Bumerang
Cast
 
1959 Am Tag als der Regen kam
Cast
 
1959 Das Totenschiff
Cast
 
1958 Das Mädchen Rosemarie
Cast, Vocals
 
1958 Schwester Bonaventura
Cast
 
1957/1958 Der Arzt von Stalingrad
Cast
 
1957 Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam
Cast
 
1956/1957 Mädchen und Männer
Cast
 
1956/1957 Robinson soll nicht sterben
Cast
 
1956 Kirschen in Nachbars Garten
Cast
 
1955 08/15 in der Heimat
Cast
 
1954 08/15
Cast