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"Toni Erdmann" actor Peter Simonischek (76) is dead - first details of the possible cause of death known


Highlights: Austrian actor Peter Simonischek, known as Winfried in "Toni Erdmann", has died at the age of 76. The Burgschauspieler presented his film "The Measured Man" at the Berlinale in February. On New Year's Eve he was still on stage at the Vienna State Opera as prison guard Frosch in "Die Fledermaus" The actor dropped out of his training as a dental technician and went to high school in St. Paul/Lavant.

The actor Peter Simonischek is known to many as Winfried in "Toni Erdmann". Now he has died at the age of 76.

Update from May 31, 13:17 p.m.: The sad news came as a surprise to many. Austrian actor Peter Simonischek has died. On Tuesday night, the native of Graz died surrounded by his family at home in Vienna (Austria), the Vienna Burgtheater announced. Initially, nothing is officially known about the cause of death. Peter Simonischek is said to have apparently died of cancer. This is reported by the Salzburger Nachrichten. In the city of Salzburg, posters with his face are still hanging, which advertise a small appearance on June 9. That is no longer the case.

For several months, rumors about a possible cancer have been increasing, according to Austrian media. The cancer should have been diagnosed in mid-2022, it is said. Apparently, the disease was already well advanced. The Burgschauspieler presented his film "The Measured Man" at the Berlinale in February. On New Year's Eve he was still on stage at the Vienna State Opera as prison guard Frosch in "Die Fledermaus". Now the film and theatre world is mourning the loss of a legend.

"Toni Erdmann" actor and film darling Peter Simonischek (76) is dead

First reported on May 30, 2023

Vienna – Actor Peter Simonischek passed away surrounded by his family on the night of May 29 to May 30, 2023 at the age of 76. This is confirmed by Vienna's Burgtheater. Earlier, the Austrian Standard reported on the death of the Austrian actor. Initially, nothing is known about the cause of death.

Simonischek is considered one of the biggest acting stars in the German-speaking world. The Burgtheater star shone on the international stage and is known to theatre lovers as well as TV audiences. The grief for the actor is great.

"Toni Erdmann"-Star: Peter Simonischek is dead

Austrian actor Peter Simonischek – pictured here in a photo from the 2023 Berlinale – has died. © IMAGO

"With Peter Simonischek, the Burgtheater has lost a loving, caring colleague, a friend, a person close to his heart, an outstanding personality. A person who took a stand, who was interested in the issues of the time and stood up for his opinion," writes the Burgtheater.

Peter Simonischek played "Jedermann" at the Salzburg Festival from 2002 to 2009. Since 1999 he has been a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Burgtheater. Prior to that, he was a member of the ensemble of the Berlin Schaubühne for 20 years, starting in 1979. In addition to the theater, the native of Graz also made a career in TV and cinema. In small roles in "Tatort", "Bella Bock" and "Der Alte" Simonischek was seen.

The tragicomedy "Toni Erdmann" makes Peter Simonischek internationally famous. With a weird set of teeth and weird jokes, the actor drives his ambitious daughter (Sandra Hüller) crazy as an aging music teacher. "Toni Erdmann" by Mare Ade was even nominated for an Oscar in 2017. Simonischek received the European Film Award (2016) as Best Actor for his role – the first Austrian actor.


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Most recently, Peter Simonischek starred in the historical drama about German colonial history "Der vermessene Mensch".

Peter Simonischek secretly applied to study acting

"I wanted to hang glide, but I never tried," the actor replied in an interview on his 75th birthday with the Kleine Zeitung in 2021. In the interview, he also regretted never having played Hamlet. On August 6 (2023), the actor would have turned 77 years old. Now the stage and film darling has died.

Peter Simonischek grew up in Markt Hartmannsdorf and went to high school in St. Paul/Lavanttal. His father was a dentist and wanted his son to study medicine as well. However, Peter Simonischek dropped out of his training as a dental technician, dropped out of his architecture studies and secretly applied to study acting at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Looking back on his career, it was a good decision.

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Source: merkur

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