Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven

Additional Names: Paulus Joseph Verhoeven (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*23.06.1901 Unna; †22.03.1975 München

Biography

Paul Verhoeven was born in Unna in 1901. Although his family has its origins in the Netherlands, he is not related to the Dutch director (born 1938) of the same name. He grew up in a humble household with 13 siblings, and first aimed at becoming an architect before focussing on his passion for theatre. He didn"t receive a formal stage training, but took lessons from Dortmund actor Karl Wüstenhagen. He took Verhoeven to Munich, where his talent was recognized by theatre manager Hermine Körner. After engagements in Dresden and Frankfurt, he made it to the renowned Deutsche Theater.

Also in the 1930s, his screen career began. He debuted as a movie actor in "Der Kaiser von Kalifornien" (1936), and only one year later made his first feature film as director: "Die Fledermaus" (1937), an adaptation of Johann Strauß" eponymous operetta. During the Nazi years, he mainly directed supposedly "unpolitical" entertainment fare, and continued in this genre after the war.


The American military government installed him as director of the Bavarian state theatre, but due to illness and conflicts with the culture department, Verhoeven resigned from this post in 1948. He continued to act and direct at different theatres in Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg, before returning to the Kammerspiele in Munich. His filmmaking career continued in 1949 with "Du bist nicht allein", followed by films like "Wie einst Lili Marleen" (1956) and "Der Fall Mata Hari". He wrote scripts and plays, including the "Kleine Hofkonzert", which was adapted several times. Verheoven was also the president of the "Deutsche Film-Union" and taught at the "Deutsche Institut für Film und Fernsehen" in the 1960s. In 1967, he appeared in the directorial debut of his son Michael Verhoeven.

Paul Verhoeven was married to actress Doris Kiesow. The couple had three children, Lis, Monika and Michael Verhoeven. Lis Verhoeven also became an actress and married Mario Adorf, while Michael Verhoeven first studied medicine and worked as a physician before successfully turning to acting and directing. Paul Verhoeven had another son with Edith Schultze-Westrum.

In 1973, he made his last stage appearance as an actor alongside his friend Heinz Rühmann in "Sonny Boys". Two years later, he suffered a fatal heart attack on the same stage while making a speech to commemorate the deceased actress Therese Giehse.

Filmography

2002/2003 Die Verhoevens
Participation
 
1976 Taxi 4012
Screenplay
 
1974 Cautio Criminalis oder Der Hexenanwalt
Cast
 
1973 Oh, Jonathan - oh, Jonathan
Cast
 
1972 Finito l'amor
Cast
 
1972 Verdacht gegen Barry Croft
Director
 
1971/1972 Kressin und der Mann mit dem gelben Koffer
Cast
 
1971 Der Hitler/Ludendorff-Prozeß
Director
 
1970/1971 Kressin und der tote Mann im Fleet
Cast
 
1970 Preußen über alles - Bismarcks deutsche Einigung
Cast
 
1970 Strandkörbe
Cast
 
1969 Duett im Zwielicht
Cast
 
1968 Babeck
Cast
 
1967/1968 König Richard der Zweite
Cast
 
1967 Ein Mann namens Harry Brent
Cast
 
1967 Paarungen
Cast
 
1967 Das Attentat: Walther Rathenau
Cast
 
1967 Der Alte
Cast
 
1967 Der Panama-Skandal
Director
 
1965 Die Sommerfrische
Cast
 
1965 Bernhard Lichtenberg
Cast
 
1964 An der schönen blauen Donau
Cast
 
1964 Frau Warrens Gewerbe
Director
 
1963 Caesar und Cleopatra
Cast
 
1963 Das kleine Hofkonzert
Screenplay, based on
 
1963 Kleider machen Leute
Director
 
1963 Geliebt in Rom
Director
 
1963 Was Ihr wollt
Cast
 
1961/1962 Ihr schönster Tag
Director
 
1961 Die Sache mit dem Ring
Director
 
1961 Froher Herbst des Lebens
Director
 
1960/1961 Hamlet
Cast
 
1960 Das Lied der Taube
Director
 
1960 Die große Wut des Philipp Hotz
Director, Screenplay
 
1959/1960 Der Jugendrichter
Director
 
1959 Menschen im Netz
Cast
 
1959 Blühende Träume
Cast
 
1959 Land, das meine Sprache spricht
Cast
 
1958 ...und nichts als die Wahrheit
Cast
 
1958 Dr. med. Hiob Praetorius
Director
 
1957 Von allen geliebt
Director, Screenplay
 
1956/1957 Jede Nacht in einem anderen Bett
Director
 
1956 ...wie einst Lili Marleen
Director, Screenplay
 
1956 Oberst Chabert
Cast
 
1955/1956 Die goldene Brücke
Cast, Director
 
1955 Gottes Utopia
Cast
 
1955 Ich weiß, wofür ich lebe
Director
 
1955 Roman einer Siebzehnjährigen
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1954 Ewiger Walzer
Director, based on
 
1954 Eine Frau von heute
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1954 Hoheit lassen bitten
Director, Screenplay
 
1953 Vergiß die Liebe nicht
Director
 
1953 Hochzeit auf Reisen
Director, Screenplay
 
1953 Das Nachtgespenst
Cast
 
1952/1953 Praterherzen
Cast, Director
 
1952 Das kann jedem passieren
Director
 
1951/1952 Ein ganz großes Kind
Cast, Director
 
1951 Heidelberger Romanze
Cast, Director
 
1951 Die Schuld des Dr. Homma
Cast, Director
 
1950 Das kalte Herz
Director, Screenplay
 
1950 Eva im Frack
Director
 
1949/1950 Dieser Mann gehört mir
Director
 
1949 Du bist nicht allein
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1944/1949 Das kleine Hofkonzert
Director, Screenplay, based on
 
1943/1944 Das Konzert
Director
 
1943 Herr Sanders lebt gefährlich
Cast
 
1943 Ein glücklicher Mensch
Cast, Director
 
1942-1944 Philharmoniker
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1942 Der große Schatten
Cast, Director
 
1941/1942 Die Nacht in Venedig
Cast, Director
 
1941/1942 Der Fall Rainer
Director, Screenplay
 
1941 Der Trichter [Nr. 12]
Cast
 
1941 Jakko
Cast
 
1940 Was wird hier gespielt?
Cast
 
1940 Die drei Codonas
Cast
 
1939/1940 Aus erster Ehe
Director, Dialogue
 
1939 Renate im Quartett
Director, Screenplay
 
1939 Gold in New Frisco
Director
 
1938/1939 Salonwagen E 417
Cast, Director
 
1938 Mia moglie si diverte
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1938 Unsere kleine Frau
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1938 Der Tag nach der Scheidung
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Dialogue
 
1937/1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
Cast
 
1937 Die Fledermaus
Director
 
1936 Das Hofkonzert
based on
 
1935/1936 Der Kaiser von Kalifornien
Cast
 
1933 Gutgehendes Geschäft zu verkaufen...
Cast
 

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