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Date of Birth 10 June 1903Hanover, Germany
Date of Death 10 November 1978Vienna, Austria
Birth NameFranz Theodor Schmitz

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Theo Lingen was born on June 10, 1903 in Hanover, Germany as Franz Theodor Schmitz. He was an actor and director, known for M (1931), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) and Um eine Nasenlänge (1949). He was married to Marianne Zoff. He died on November 10, 1978 in Vienna, Austria.

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Marianne Zoff (1928 - 10 November 1978) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

Father of Ursula Lingen, stepfather of Hanne Hiob, son-in-law of Otto Andreas Zoff and Zdenka Zoff née Jellinek.
Is interred at the Central Cemetery in Vienna.
After World War II, he was chosen mayor of Strobl, an Austrian community, for a short period.
Ensemble member at the famous Burgtheater in Vienna from 1948 until his death, playing many character roles.
Made his stage debut at the Schauburg in Hannover without having attended acting lessons (1921).
Being married to singer Marianne Zoff, who was half Jewish, he thought about leaving Germany after the Nazi takeover. As he was one of the most popular comedians, Joseph Goebbels gave him a special permission to continue working.
His stage name refers to his father's place of birth, Lingen.
On stage from the age of eighteen.
Nasally-voiced star comic of prolific output, the son of a lawyer. He appeared in just about anything, from musical comedies to crime thrillers. After 1945, Lingen formed a popular comedic partnership with the Austrian comedian Hans Moser. He excelled at supercilious or officious types, immaculate butlers and disdainful servants, prissy secretaries and pedantic school principals.
Ensemble member of the Preußisches Staatstheater, 1936-44.
Discovered for films by the director Anatol Litvak.

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