Tilo Prückner

Tilo Prückner

Additional Names: Thilo Prückner (Schreibvariante)
Darsteller
*26.10.1940 Augsburg

Biography

Tilo Prückner was born in Augsburg on October 26, 1940 and went to high school in Nuremberg where he first started acting. After graduating, he went to Erlangen to pursue a degree in law, yet dropped out of university after deciding that he wanted to become a professional actor. He then took acting classes with Hans Josef Becher and Ellen Mahlke in Munich.

Prückner's first professional appearance on a stage was at Munich's Theater der Jugend in 1962 where he performed in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". His engagement lasted for two years, then he moved on to other theaters in Germany and Switzerland. 1967 marks the year he first featured on the big screen in Franz-Josef Spieker's rampant satire "Wilder Reiter GmbH" ("Wild Rider Ltd."), one of the first contributions to the New German Cinema.

Having worked together with Peter Stein in Zurich in the late 1960s, Tilo Prückner followed the director to Berlin in the early 70s, where he became one of the founding members of the most renowned political theater of its time, the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer. He stayed at the Schaubühne until 1973, then became a free agent actor and also tried his luck as a playwright, publishing "Gilgamesch und Engidu" together with Roland Teubner.

As the decade grew older, however, Prückner started to move towards on-camera acting. He first featured prominently as an inmate in Reinhard Hauff's prison drama "Die Verrohung des Franz Blum" ("The Brutalisation of Franz Blum",1974) and then found steady work in various made-for-TV films. The social drama "Familienglück" (1975) brought about his first starring role, a turner unable to cope with family life and his job. His second much noticed role had him play an impoverished wood carver in Hans W. Geißendörfer's debut feature "Sternsteinhof" a year later. Prückner's performance in the blunt Heimatfilm garnered him a nomination for the German Film Awards.

These films established a type cast role for Prückner that he fulfilled with ease: Whenever there was a need for an outsider, an oddball, a petty criminal, he would be the go-to guy. For his starring role as small-time crook "Paganini" in the slapstick comedy "Bomber & Paganini" where he played alongside Mario Adorf ("Bomber"), he was awarded the Deutsche Darstellerpreis in 1976. In Edgar Reitz's "Der Schneider von Ulm" ("The Tailor from Ulm", 1978) he starred as Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger, a dreamer and flight pioneer who tries to fulfill his vision of flying no matter what others may think. The last film of the 1970s starring Prückner was the satirical "Der Willi-Busch-Report" ("The Willi Busch Report") where, in 1979, he played a frantic newspaper man trying to boost the sales of his product. The film went on to win the Max-Ophüls-Preis.

In the 1980s, Tilo Prückner mostly worked for German television with some remarkable exceptions: He became known to a worldwide audience when he featured as Night Hob in Wolfgang Petersen's box office hit "Die unendliche Geschichte" ("The NeverEnding Story", 1984). A few years later, the critically acclaimed British TV series "Traffic" featured him as a narcotics detective.

The 1990s then saw the actor prove his talent for comedy as well: In "Deutschfieber" (1992), the sequel to "Der Willi-Busch-Report", he returned to play Willi Busch, this time next to Christiane Paul as the protagonist's illegitimate daughter. Then, a year later, Prückner first featured as the hypochondriac inspector Gernot Schubert in "Adelheid und ihre Mörder", a long-running comedy-drama TV series that was a favorite with both the audience and critics alike.

In 1999, Prückner returned to the stage after years of abstinence and played the lead in his own play "Meier muss Suppe essen" which premiered at the off-venue "Teatr Kreatur" in Berlin. The same year, he featured in the elaborate TV adaptation of Victor Klemperer's diaries ("Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland").

With the start of the new millennium, Tilo Prückner was cast in a reprising role as wayward detective Eduard Holicek, starring alongside Robert Atzorn in the Hamburg edition of the German cop series "Tatort" (2001-08). Another crime series, "Kommissarin Lucas", also featured him in a reprising role as the protagonist's cranky landlord. In the 2000s he could also be seen in various ambitious made-for-TV films as well as in a couple of features on the big screen, such as Andreas Dresen's drama "Willenbrock" (2005) where Prückner played a used car salesman.

The second half of the decade saw the actor featuring in smaller roles in the Academy-Award-winning Austrian-German coproduction "Die Fälscher" ("The Counterfeiters", 2007) and Dresen's tragicomedy "Whisky mit Wodka" ("Whisky with Vodka", 2009). He was also part of the cast of "Iron Sky", a crowdfunded Scifi-Nazi-parody that premiered at the Berlin IFF 2012.

Late in 2013, Tilo Prückner published his first novel titled "Willi Meerkatz wird verlassen" to universal acclaim. The book reflects Prückners personal experience of a marriage failing after 36 years and the subsequent impetuous re-start. While he had mostly been working in television in the early 2010s, 2014 marked the year of his return to the big screen, when he featured in Marco Kreuzpaintner's comedy "Coming In". Three additional films were to follow the same year and in 2015: Prückner had strong performances in feature roles in Til Schweiger's box office hit "Honig im Kopf", the horse movie "Ostwind 2" ("Windstorm 2") and most recently in the comedy "Kleine Ziege, sturer Bock" ("Stroppy Cow, Stubborn Ram") where the actor embodied the father of the protagonist played by Wotan Wilke Möhring.

His most recent work in television has been the series "Rentnercops" in which he stars as reactivated detective Edwin Bremer who returns from retirement to tackle bizarre cases working in an illustrious team of mixed age.

Tilo Prückner has two grown-up sons and lives in Berlin with his current partner. He owns a holiday residence on Lake Constance and enjoys traveling because neither in the city nor in the country he feels truly at home.

Filmography

2016/2017 Ostwind - Aufbruch nach Ora
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2016 Krauses Glück
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2015-2018 Iron Sky - The Coming Race
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2015 Ätzend
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2014/2015 Kleine Ziege, sturer Bock
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2014/2015 Ostwind 2
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2014 Honig im Kopf
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2014 Krauses Geheimnis
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2013/2014 Coming In
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2013/2014 Das kalte Herz
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2013/2014 Der Andi ist wieder da
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2013 Alter Egon
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2013 Die Pastorin
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2012/2013 Wer hat Angst vorm weißen Mann?
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2012/2013 Ostwind
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2012/2013 Nebenwege
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2011/2012 Bis zum Horizont, dann links!
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2011/2012 Milchgeld. Ein Kluftingerkrimi
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2011 Krauses Braut
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2010/2011 Anduni - Fremde Heimat
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2010/2011 Village People 3 – Voll Porno!
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2010-2012 Iron Sky
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2010 Die Unmöglichkeit, sich den Tod vorzustellen
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2009/2010 Die Tochter des Mörders
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2009/2010 Nie wieder frei sein
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2009/2010 Kur mit Schatten
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2009 Krauses Kur
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2009 Village People 2 – Auf der Jagd nach dem Nazigold
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2009 Cato
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2007/2008 Räuber Kneißl
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2007/2008 Und Tschüss
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2007/2008 Mein Freund aus Faro
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2007/2008 Village People - Jungs vom Dorf
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2007-2009 Whisky mit Wodka
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2007 Die Jäger des Ostsee-Schatzes
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2007 Investigativ
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2006/2007 Liebeshunger
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2006/2007 Die Fälscher
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2006 Brennendes Herz
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2006 Schattenspiele
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2005/2006 Doppelspiel
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2005/2006 Der Untergang der Pamir
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2005/2006 Feuerkämpfer
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2005-2011 Schlitten auf schwarzem Schnee
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2005 Im Alleingang
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2004/2005 Willenbrock
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2004/2005 Ein Glücksgefühl
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2004 Verlorene Töchter
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2004 LiveMovie: Feuer in der Nacht
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2003/2004 Todesbande
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2003/2004 Der Boxer und die Friseuse
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2003 Mietsache
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2003 Harte Hunde
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2002 Undercover
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2002 Der Passagier
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2001 Hasard!
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2001 Exil!
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2000/2001 Goebbels und Geduldig
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2000/2001 Die Hunde sind schuld
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2000/2001 Pinky und der Millionenmops
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2000 Die Möwe
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1999 Aeon - Countdown im All
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1999 Ein Mann steht auf
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1999 Strafstoß
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1999 Ganz unten, ganz oben
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1999 Happy Birthday
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1999 Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland
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1998 Der letzte Kampf
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1997/1998 Mango mortale
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1997/1998 Die Siebtelbauern
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1997 Alles für die Mafia
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1997 Walli, die Eisfrau
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1997 Ein sauberer Mord - Tod in der Reinigungsfirma
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1997 Zum Sterben schön
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1996 Über den Tod hinaus
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1996 Der Entscheider
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1996 Der Phoenix-Deal
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1996 Die Stimme des Mörders
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1995/1996 Tödliche Wende
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1995/1996 Brubeck
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1995/1996 Im Namen des Gesetzes. [02. Staffel]
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1995 »El Chicko« - der Verdacht
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1994/1995 Killerehre
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1994 Zu treuen Händen
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1994 Glück im Grünen
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1994 Immer wenn sie Krimis liest
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1994 Theaterdonner
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1993/1994 Kleine Fische
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1993/1994 Fünf Millionen und ein paar Zerquetschte
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1993 Im Teufelskreis
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1992/1993 Rotlicht
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1992/1993 Ein Mann für jede Tonart
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1992/1993 Die Wildnis
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1992 Mandelküßchen
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1991/1992 Deutschfieber. Der 2. Teil des Willi-Busch-Report
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1991/1992 Camerone
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1991 Der Zwerg im Kopf
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1990 Dienstvergehen
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1990 Schwarze Schafe
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1989/1990 Die zukünftigen Glückseligkeiten
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1989 Liebe und Maloche
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1989 Verfolgte Wege
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1988/1989 Hab ich nur Deine Liebe
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1988 Der Lockspitzel
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1987/1988 Wallers letzter Gang
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1987/1988 Sonntagsbesuche
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1987 ... zum Tode verurteilt
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1987 Der kleine Staatsanwalt
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1987 Flohr und die Traumfrau
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1987 Pehavý Max a strašidla
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1986/1987 Herz mit Löffel
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1986 Der Unfried
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1986 Kein Alibi für eine Leiche
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1986 Todsicherer Tip
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1984/1985 Sterne fallen nicht vom Himmel
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1984 Die Försterbuben
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1984 Tiger - Frühling in Wien
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1983/1984 Die unendliche Geschichte
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1983/1984 Didi - Der Doppelgänger
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1982/1983 Unser Mann vom Südpol
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1982/1983 Der Schnüffler
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1982/1983 Kassensturz
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1982 Die Krimistunde
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1981/1982 Der Zauberberg
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1981 Die Beförderung
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1981 Klavierspiele
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1980 Der Schatz des Priamos
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1980 Der Jähzornige
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1979/1980 Die Kinder aus Nr. 67 oder Heil Hitler, ich hätt gern ´n paar Pferdeäppel...
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1979 Drohbriefe
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1979 Lena Rais
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1979 Der Willi-Busch-Report
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1978/1979 Miras Haus
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1978/1979 Die Hamburger Krankheit
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1978/1979 Nachtwachen
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1978 Der Schneider von Ulm
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1978 Gesche Gottfried
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1978 Der Mann im Schilf
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1978 Der harte Handel
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1977/1978 Paul kommt zurück
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1976/1977 Grete Minde - Der Wald ist voller Wölfe
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1976 Bomber und Paganini
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1976 Hans im Glück
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1975/1976 Paule Pauländer
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1975/1976 Sternsteinhof
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1975 Berlinger
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1975 Familienglück
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1974/1975 John Glückstadt
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1974/1975 Stellenweise Glatteis
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1974/1975 Lenau
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1974/1975 Das Tal der tanzenden Witwen
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1973/1974 Die Verrohung des Franz Blum
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1973/1974 Einer von uns beiden
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1973/1974 Ermittlungen gegen Unbekannt
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1970/1971 Apokal
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1966/1967 Wilder Reiter GmbH
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