Peter Reusse

Peter Reusse

Darsteller
*15.02.1941 Teltow

Biography

Peter Reusse, born February 15, 1941, in Teltow, started to study at Filmhochschule Babelsberg in 1959 and graduated four years later with a diploma. Reusse made his acting debut already during this time in 1960 in the tragicomedy "Das Rabauken-Kabarett". Following his studies, Reusse performed at several GDR theatres until 1970 besided his career as a movie actor. In 1970, he then became a cast member of Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

Because of his looks, Reusse was often cast for youthful roles on stage and in the movies. He played a school boy in "Die aus der 12 b" (1961) or "Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt" ("The Adventures of Werner Holt", 1964), or a prospective father in "Monolog für einen Taxifahrer" (1962).

Reusse also played a school boy in his first remarkable leading role: In "Denk bloß nicht, ich heule" (1965), he played the high school student Frank who strongly doubts the socialist form of government – the DEFA film was banned for its critical stance by the GDR regime and was not shown until 1990 after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Because of this "scandal", Reusse did not get any offers for leading roles in the following years but had to settle for key supporting roles. During that time, Reusse focused more on TV productions where he was still able to perform in leading roles. Besides appearances in the popular TV crime series "Polizeiruf 110", Reusse was also seen in ambitious TV dramas such as "Fiete Stein" (1970) or "Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land" (1976). While shooting an episode for "Polizeiruf 110", he also met his wife-to-be Sigrid Göhler who played a detective in the TV series. Their son, Sebastian Reusse, also works as an actor.


In 1977, Reusse made a comeback on the big screen with "Ein irrer Duft von frischem Heu" ("A Terrific Scent of Fresh Hay"): This comedy about the adventures of a fortune-teller, that saw Reusse in his first leading role in a movie since 1965, became one of the most successful films of the 1977 GDR movie season.

But after his next two DEFA films "Eine Handvoll Hoffnung" (1978) and "Familienbande" (1982) flopped with critics and movie goers alike, Reusse concentrated on TV roles again. His most important works include the mini-series "Kiezgeschichten" (1987), where he played a construction worker in his Berlin neighbourhood. Besides, Reusse also works as dubbing voice and radio play narrator.

During the time of the turnaround and the fall of the Berlin wall, Peter Reusse was politically involved. Among other things, he participated in a committee that tried to bring to light Stasi crimes.

Reusse was able to continue his stage and TV career after the reunification of East and West Germany – until he suffered a breakdown during the rehearsals for the production of Eugene O"Neill"s play "The Iceman Cometh", shortly before the premiere was due at Deutsches Theater. After this incident, Reusse completely withdrew from acting. Instead, he turned to painting and sculpting. Furthermore, Reusse has published poems and novels.

Peter Reusse is living in Berlin where his wife manages the casting office of a Dresden-based film production company.

The contents of this entry were funded with the support of the DEFA-Stiftung.

Filmography

1991 Vanek-Trilogie
Cast
 
1990/1991 Zwischen Pankow und Zehlendorf
Cast
 
1990 Unter Brüdern
Cast
 
1990 Ball der einsamen Herzen
Cast
 
1989 Der Schlüssel zum Glück
Cast
 
1988 Alles umsonst
Cast
 
1987/1988 Da mach ich nicht mit
Cast
 
1987 Zwei Schwestern
Cast
 
1985 Mit List und Tücke
Cast
 
1985 Zwei Nikoläuse unterwegs
Cast
 
1984/1985 Treibnetz
Cast
 
1983/1984 Draußen am See
Cast
 
1982/1983 Es geht einer vor die Hunde
Cast
 
1982 Im Spiegel
Cast
 
1981/1982 Familienbande
Cast
 
1981 Peters Jugend
Cast
 
1980 Der Hinterhalt
Cast
 
1979/1980 In einer Sekunde
Cast
 
1979/1980 Johann Sebastian Bachs vergebliche Reise in den Ruhm
Cast
 
1979 Barry schwieg
Cast
 
1979 Die Ringe aus Zinn
Cast
 
1978/1979 Plantagenstraße 19
Cast
 
1977/1978 Eine Handvoll Hoffnung
Cast
 
1977 Ein unbequemer Zeuge
Cast
 
1976/1977 Ein irrer Duft von frischem Heu
Cast
 
1975/1976 Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land
Cast
 
1974/1975 Mord im Märkischen Viertel
Cast
 
1974 Kit & Co
dubbed by
 
1973/1974 Wenn das Diplomatie ist
Cast
 
1973 Teddy
Voice
 
1972/1973 Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
Cast, dubbed by
 
1972 Das Ende einer Mondscheinfahrt
Cast
 
1972 Aller Liebe Anfang
Cast
 
1972 Der Fall des Prinzen von Arenberg
Cast
 
1971/1972 Trotz alledem!
Cast
 
1969/1970 Fiete Stein
Cast
 
1969 Sankt Urban
Cast
 
1968 Die Toten bleiben jung
Cast
 
1968 Leichenfund im Jagen 14
Cast
 
1968 Mohr und die Raben von London
Cast
 
1966/1967 Frau Venus und ihr Teufel
Cast
 
1966/1967 Hochzeitsnacht im Regen
Cast
 
1966/1967 Geschichten jener Nacht. EP 1: Phönix
Cast
 
1964/1965 Engel im Fegefeuer
Cast
 
1964/1965 Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt
Cast
 
1964/1965 Denk bloß nicht, ich heule
Cast
 
1963 Julia lebt
Cast
 
1962/1963 Beschreibung eines Sommers
Cast
 
1962 Monolog für einen Taxifahrer
Cast
 
1961/1962 Ljudi i sveri
Cast
 
1961/1962 Die aus der 12b
Cast
 
1960 Das Rabauken-Kabarett
Cast
 

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