Actor Heinz Behrens died at the age of 89
Created: 08/09/2022Updated: 08/09/2022 18:26
The actor Heinz Behrens is waiting on a bench for the funeral service for a colleague.
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The actor Heinz Behrens, known from the comedy series "Maxe Baumann" on GDR television, is dead. He died last night at the age of 89 in a Berlin hospital, his widow Birgit told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.
The MDR reported first.
Just a few days ago, her husband was "squeaky jolly", then pneumonia "caught him cold" - too much for his weak heart.
Berlin - Until five years ago, Behrens was still on tour with Heinz Rennhack and the two-person play "Two Geniuses on the Edge of Madness".
Behrens was born in Grünberg (Silesia), today's Zielona Góra in Poland.
He studied in Halle (Saale) and was then on stage in Rostock, Erfurt and Dessau.
From 1962 he was part of the drama ensemble of East German television.
"Egon and the eighth wonder of the world" was his first film in 1964, in which he played a clubhouse manager.
He became known as Horst Baumann alongside Gerd E. Schäfer (1923-2001) in the comedy series "Maxe Baumann" in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He also starred in Pensioners Never Have Time (1976) or Police Call (1980).
After the end of the GDR, Behrens was engaged at the Bernhard Theater in Zurich, among others, and was also on stage with Johannes Heesters and Heidi Kabel.
Since 2002 he has been a member of the Musikalische Komödie Berlin.
The father of a son and grandfather lived with his wife on Lake Zeuthen and would have turned 90 on September 30th.
"We also wanted to celebrate our rose wedding that day," she said.
They met in 2004 in a bar in Dresden when he played in the comedy - and then married when he was 80.