Martin Held

Martin Held

Additional Names: Martin Erich Fritz Held (Geburtsname)
Darsteller
*11.11.1908 Berlin; †31.01.1992 Berlin

Biography

Martin Erich Fritz Held was born in Berlin-Wedding on November 11, 1908. After completing an apprenticeship as a mechanic, he pursued an acting career, and played – among others – on stages in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. In 1947, Held embodied General Harras in the first-run of Carl Zuckmayer"s drama "Des Teufels General", and from 1951 on, he worked as an actor at the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlin. The same year saw his screen debut in "Schwarze Augen", and in 1954, he won the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the infamous SS-Obergruppenführer Heydrich in Alfred Weidenmann"s spy thriller "Canaris".


As an actor, Held easily shifted from common man to upper-class citizen, and he equally convinced as the poor crook or the cunning criminal mastermind. In Wolfgang Staudte"s court room satire "Rosen für den Staatsanwalt", he plays a West-German district attorney and former Nazi military judge, who eventually meets a man whom he sentenced to death for stealing chocolate during the last days of the war. From the mid-60s on, Held excelled in comic roles like the aging lothario in "Das älteste Gewerbe der Welt" or the leader of a Gang of crime-fighting oldtimers in "Die Herren mit der weißen Weste".

In 1969, he played the hermit Krapp in Samuel Beckett"s staging of his one-man-play "Das letzte Band" (Krapp"s Last Tape". In 1978, his last feature film was released: In "Der Pfingstausflug", Held and Elisabeth Bergner play an old couple, which escapes from a senior citzens" home and re-examines 63 years of married life. In 1980, Held received a German Film Award for his lifetime achievements as an artist. During the last years of his career, he frequently appeared in TV-features an continued his theatre work. Martin Held passed away in Berlin on January 31, 1992.

Filmography

1988 Martin Held liest "Das Lächeln am Fuße der Leiter"
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1987 Mordfall Goos
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1986 Was zu beweisen war
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1985 Berlin zur Kaiserzeit - Glanz und Schatten einer Epoche
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1981 Der Gärtner
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1980 Kaninchen im Hut und andere Geschichten mit Martin Held
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1980 Kortnergeschichten
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1978 Der Pfingstausflug
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1978 Der große Karpfen Ferdinand und andere Weihnachtsgeschichten
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1978 Unsere kleine Welt
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1978 Martin Held im Gespräch mit Friedrich Luft
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1977 Heinrich Zille. Bilder aus seinem Leben
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1976/1977 Unordnung und frühes Leid
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1975 Martin Held liest François Villon. Balladen aus "Das große Testament"
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1974 Strychnin und saure Drops
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1973/1974 Kinderhände sind so klein
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1972 Frohe Ostern
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1972 Die Tote im Park
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1972 Hauptsache Ferien
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1972 Die Schlange
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1969/1970 Die Herren mit der weißen Weste
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1969 Spion unter der Haube
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1969 Dr. med. Fabian - Lachen ist die beste Medizin
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1969 Der Sturm
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1966/1967 Die Mission
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1966/1967 Das älteste Gewerbe der Welt. 4. Episode
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1966/1967 Fast ein Held
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1966 Gespenster
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1965/1966 Lange Beine - lange Finger
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1965 Michael Kramer
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1964 Verdammt zur Sünde
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1964 Spätsommer
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1963 Das große Liebesspiel
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1963 Ein fast anständiges Mädchen
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1962/1963 Liebe will gelernt sein
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1962 Das schwarz-weiß-rote Himmelbett
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1962 90 Minuten nach Mitternacht
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1961 Der Traum von Lieschen Müller
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1961 Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi
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1961 Frau Cheneys Ende
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1960 Der letzte Zeuge
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1959/1960 Bumerang
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1959 Meine Tochter Patricia
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1959 Rosen für den Staatsanwalt
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1958 Ein Glas Wasser
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1958 Nasser Asphalt
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1957 Der Fuchs von Paris
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1957 Banktresor 713
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1956 Spion für Deutschland
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1956 Friederike von Barring
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1956 Der Hauptmann von Köpenick
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1956 Vor Sonnenuntergang
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1955 Alibi
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1954 Canaris
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1952 Heimweh nach Dir
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1951 Schwarze Augen
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1927 Die Hose
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