O. W. Fischer

O. W. Fischer

Additional Names: Otto Wilhelm Fischer (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch
*01.04.1915 Klosterneuburg, Österreich; †29.01.2004 Lugano, Schweiz

Biography

Otto Wilhelm Fischer was born April 1, 1915, in Klosterneuberg near Vienna. After finishing school in 1933, he started to study but dropped out and attended actor's training at the Reinhardt seminar in Schönbrunn in 1936.

Fischer initially became a cast member of Theater in der Josefstadt but went to Munich in 1937 to work for Otto Falckenberg's Kammerspiele. Then, from 1938 to 1944, Fischer was a cast member of Deutsches Volkstheater in Vienna. He played his first larger movie parts in 1939 and 1940, respectively, in the comedies "Anton der Letzte" ("Anthony the Last") and "Meine Tochter lebt in Wien" ("My Daughter Lives in Vienna"), both directed by Hans Moser. In these and his following films until 1945, Fischer mainly played innocuous, yet likeable young men.

On August 13, 1942, Fischer married the actress Anna Usell. His first major post-war movie success was the title role in "Erzherzog Johanns erste Liebe" (1950). In the following years, Fischer became the highest paid actor in the German cinema of the 1950s alongside Curd Jürgens. Fischer also formed the most appealing movie couples with Maria Schell, and, later on, with Ruth Leuwerik. After being guaranteed to have a say in his parts, Fischer soon started to bear influence on the parts he played and expressed his knack for positively ambiguous characters. In 1954, he played Bavarian king "Ludwig II." which became his signature role. In 1955, Fischer played a similar kind of character as a psychic and Nazi minion in the title role of "Hanussen", a film Fischer also directed.

Although his Hollywood career ended before ist began, and his popularity in Germany temporarily dropped, Fischer soon recovered and started to appear in comical and self-mocking parts and played, for instance, Bluntschli in "Helden" ("Arms and the Man", 1958) and the thief "Peter Voss" (1959). After working in Spain and Italy during the mid-1960s, Fischer more and more retreated from the film industry. He then occasionally appeared on TV and performed at the theatre. In 1970, he was bestowed with the title of a professor in Vienna for studies he had conducted privately.

On January 29, 2004, O.W. Fischer died in Vernate near Lugano in Ticino.

Filmography

1993 Shiva und die Galgenblume. Der letzte Film des Dritten Reiches
Cast
 
1987/1988 Herbst in Lugano
Cast
 
1976 Teerosen
Cast
 
1976 Ein Glas Wasser
Cast
 
1976 Treffpunkte - Das SWF-Unterhaltungsmagazin
Participation
 
1970 Die Fliege und der Frosch
Cast
 
1970 Das weite Land
Cast
 
1970 Der Tag des Krähenflügels
Cast
 
1969 Transplantation
Cast
 
1969 Liebesvögel
Cast
 
1968 Die Rückkehr des O. W. Fischer. Porträt eines ungewöhnlichen Mannes
Participation
 
1965 Onkel Toms Hütte
Cast
 
1963 Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Witwe
Cast
 
1963 Frühstück im Doppelbett
Cast
 
1963 Berlin-Melodie. Vom Zille-Ball zum Jazzlokal
Participation
 
1962 Axel Munthe, der Arzt von San Michele
Cast
 
1961 Diesmal muß es Kaviar sein
Cast
 
1961 Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein
Cast
 
1961 Das Riesenrad
Cast
 
1960 Mit Himbeergeist geht alles besser
Cast
 
1960 Scheidungsgrund: Liebe
Cast
 
1959 Peter Voss - der Held des Tages
Cast
 
1959 Abschied von den Wolken
Cast
 
1959 Menschen im Hotel
Cast
 
1959 Und das am Montagmorgen
Cast
 
1959 O. W. Fischer
Participation
 
1958 Helden
Cast
 
1958 ...und nichts als die Wahrheit
Cast
 
1958 Peter Voss, der Millionendieb
Cast
 
1958 Don Vesuvio und das Haus der Strolche
Cast
 
1957 El Hakim
Cast
 
1957 Skandal in Ischl
Cast
 
1956/1957 Herrscher ohne Krone
Cast
 
1956 Mein Vater, der Schauspieler
Cast
 
1955/1956 Ich suche Dich
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1955 Hanussen
Cast, Director
 
1954/1955 Napoléon
Cast
 
1954/1955 Ludwig II.
Cast
 
1954 Bildnis einer Unbekannten
Cast
 
1953/1954 Eine Liebesgeschichte
Cast
 
1953 Tagebuch einer Verliebten
Cast
 
1953 So lange Du da bist
Cast
 
1953 Ein Herz spielt falsch
Cast
 
1952/1953 Der träumende Mund
Cast
 
1952 Cuba Cabana
Cast
 
1952 Bis wir uns wiederseh'n
Cast
 
1952 Tausend rote Rosen blühn
Cast
 
1952 Ich hab' mich so an Dich gewöhnt
Cast
 
1951/1952 Das letzte Rezept
Cast
 
1951 Heidelberger Romanze
Cast
 
1950/1951 Verträumte Tage
Cast
 
1950 Erzherzog Johanns große Liebe
Cast
 
1949 Märchen vom Glück
Cast
 
1948/1949 Liebling der Welt
Cast
 
1948 Verlorenes Rennen
Cast
 
1947-1951 5 Städte - 5 Mädchen
Cast
 
1947 Triumph der Liebe
Cast
 
1947 Das unsterbliche Antlitz
Cast
 
1947 Hin und her
Cast
 
1945 Shiva und die Galgenblume
Cast
 
1944/1945 Sag' endlich ja
Cast
 
1944/1945 Leuchtende Schatten
Cast
 
1944 Spiel
Cast
 
1943/1944 Sieben Briefe
Cast
 
1943/1944 Glück unterwegs
Cast
 
1943 Die beiden Schwestern
Cast
 
1942 Sommerliebe
Cast
 
1941/1942 Wien 1910
Cast
 
1941 Der Meineidbauer
Cast
 
1940 Meine Tochter lebt in Wien
Cast
 
1939 Fräulein Figaro
Cast
 
1939 Schwarz gegen blond
Cast
 
1939 Anton der Letzte
Cast
 
1936 Burgtheater
Cast
 

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