Rainer Pokorny came to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1968 because of a role.
And he stayed.
The Viennese found their professional and, above all, personal happiness in the Kleiner Theater.
On Sunday, March 28th, he will celebrate his 80th birthday.
- It was the proverbial lightning bolt that hit Rainer Pokorny in November 1968.
When he first looked at Regina Rohrbeck, it was clear to him: one or none.
The object of his desire, however, was not so, so the young actor still had to do some persuasion.
Ultimately, the daughter of the founders of the first cure theater, now the small theater, Fritz Rohrbeck and Ludmilla Rohrbeck-Holten, could not escape the charm and possibly also the abuse of the Viennese.
They have been married for over 50 years and are still happy.
“My best friends only gave our marriage half a year,” recalls Pokorny with a smile.
Possibly also because the two actors are very different characters.
But that could be the secret of their deep connection, which has not only welded them together privately but also professionally.
Regina Rohrbeck and Rainer Pokorny share a great love, here in 1970 in “Match”.
“I have a good life,” says Pokorny.
He often repeats this sentence in conversation.
He also emphasizes several times: “I was very lucky.” This is becoming very clear to him now that his 80th birthday is approaching.
Although he cannot celebrate Corona on Sunday as he would have liked, his loved ones will be there to congratulate him.
In addition to his wife, it is above all his daughter Tatjana and granddaughters Lilian and Helena who his heart belongs to.
The fact that she is also passionate about the theater fills him with pride, but also with a little concern.
It's not always easy, especially when you run your own venue like the Rohrbeck-Pokornys.
Rainer Pokorny from the Small Theater: The situation is "desperate"
The Small Theater is also home for Rainer Pokorny and his family, which is completed by his son-in-law Matthias Weckmann.
One that he now misses a lot in the corona lockdown.
“To desperate” is the current situation, the biggest blow of his career.
A dream role: As Mephisto in Goethe's Faust, the Viennese convinced 1980 in the small theater.
Even today he fondly thinks back to it: "That was so good."
Even as a child he was aware that he would one day be on stage.
At first he tried the violin.
“That seemed promising,” recalls Pokorny of his time at the music academy.
But then he discovered the opposite sex and decided against six to eight-hour practice marathons.
Mind you every day.
The next attempt: training his singing voice.
Turning it into a profession was out of the question, however.
"I couldn't have endured it on my nerves," reveals Pokorny.
And so, after graduating from high school and doing military service, he decided to pursue a civil service career at the telegraph office, only to find out after three years that it couldn't have been that.
So he went to drama school and has remained loyal to the boards that mean the world ever since.
Viennese actor comes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by chance
He came to Garmisch-Partenkirchen rather by chance.
A colleague called and asked if he would like to play Bluntschli in "Heroes" by Bernhard Shaw.
Pokorny wanted and stayed.
“I've never regretted it, even if the call to Hollywood didn't come.” Whether that would have brought him as much luck as his commitment under the Alpspitze.
Pokorny doubts it.
“I've played so much here, over 50 roles in more than 50 years.
Just like his "insanely good marriage".
And especially his daughter, "who has exceeded all my expectations".
Tatjana Pokorny is lucky for the theater.
“I never would have thought that she would be such a support and contribute so cleverly and intelligently.
What she gets up and running - just unbelievable. "
Under her direction he will rehearse, as soon as it is possible again, “We are the new ones”.
A comedy that takes up the generation gap.
It is not difficult for Pokorny to follow the instructions of his daughter or wife on stage.
“When someone has something to say, I like to listen.” Especially since he knows from his three rather poor directing attempts that he is in very good hands with both of them.
The Viennese are content with the performing arts.
But he also lives out on the set design.
“When the curtain rises, a magical world must arise,” he says.
He kidnaps the audience again as soon as the Corona regulations allow.