Wilhelm Borchert

Wilhelm Borchert

Additional Names: Ernst Wilhelm Borchert (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Drehbuch
*13.03.1907 Berlin-Neukölln; †01.06.1990 Berlin-Schöneberg

Biography

Ernst Wilhelm Borchert was born on March 13, 1907, in Berlin Neukölln. From 1926 to 1927 he attended Reichersche Hochschule für dramatische Kunst where he took acting lessons. He then worked as an actor for theatres in Erfurt, Cologne and Sondershausen. In Berlin he played at Volksbühne and at Deutsches Theater. From 1950 on, he changed to state-subsidised theatres. Borchert mainly portrayed the classic characters and heroes of drama history but played them as tormented and fragile figures. Among his directors were Fritz Kortner, Boleslaw Barlog and Boy Gobert.

Apart from his contribution to the documentary movie "Die von der Sanitätskolonne", Borchert's movie career did not take off before the 1940s, when he starred in Günther Rittau's films "U-Boote westwärts!" (1941) or "Der ewige Klang" (1943), for example. His most important role was the leading part of a traumatised war veteran who returns from the horrors of the war in Russia in Wolfgang Staudte's "Die Mörder sind unter uns" ("The Murderers Are Among Us") (1946), the first German post-war movie.

In following years, Borchert played further leading parts in "Herr über Leben und Tod" ("Master Over Life and Death", 1954) by Victor Vicas or "Hunde, wollt Ihr ewig leben" ("Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?", 1958) by Frank Wysbar. From the 1960s on, Borchert appeared in fewer and fewer movie or TV productions. Instead, he returned to the stage and was appointed "national actor" for his artistic merits. Furthermore, he was the German voice of international movie stars like Henry Fonda or Alec Guiness.

Borchert died on June 1, 1990 in Berlin Schöneberg.

Filmography

1975 Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Cast
 
1974/1975 Heiratskandidaten
Cast
 
1969 Regina Maris -Traumfahrt unter vollen Segeln
Voice
 
1966/1967 Phaedra
Cast
 
1965 Das Feuerzeichen
Cast
 
1964/1965 Emil Nolde
Voice
 
1960 Die Botschafterin
Cast
 
1960 Theodor Heuss
Voice
 
1958/1959 Hunde, wollt Ihr ewig leben
Cast
 
1957 Das Geheimnis
Cast
 
1955 Du darfst nicht länger schweigen
Cast
 
1954/1955 Herr über Leben und Tod
Cast
 
1953/1954 Sauerbruch - Das war mein Leben
Cast
 
1949 Schicksal aus zweiter Hand
Cast
 
1948 ...und wieder 48!
Cast
 
1946 Die Mörder sind unter uns
Cast
 
1945 Die Geschwister
Cast
 
1942/1943 Der ewige Klang
Cast
 
1941/1942 Der Strom
Cast
 
1940/1941 U-Boote westwärts!
Cast
 
1940/1941 Mein Leben für Irland
Cast
 
1934 Im Frühling des Lebens
Cast
 
1927 Die von der Sanitätskolonne
Cast, Screenplay
 

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