No photo available. Represent Erich Kästner? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Down 39,293 this week

Erich Kästner (1899–1974)

Erich Kästner was born on February 23, 1899 in Dresden, Saxony, Germany as Emil Erich Kästner. He was a writer and actor, known for The Parent Trap (1998), The Parent Trap (1961) and Das doppelte Lottchen (1950). He died on July 29, 1974 in Munich, Germany. See full bio »


(age 75) in Munich, Germany

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: Chris Meloni

Chris Meloni joined us for a Live Twitter Chat on October 20th, to talk about his upcoming film White Bird in a Blizzard opening in limited theaters this week and is available right now on Amazon Instant Video.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 135 people
created 19 Apr 2011
list image
a list of 77 people
created 03 Mar 2012

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Erich Kästner.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »

Known For


Hide Hide Show Show Writer (59 credits)
 2010 Animals United (book)
 2008 Lyrical Medicine Chest (Short) (book)
 2007 Das doppelte Lottchen (novel)
 2003 The Flying Classroom (novel)
 2001 Emil and the Detectives (novel)
 1999 Annaluise & Anton (novel)
 1998 The Parent Trap (book "Das Doppelte Lottchen")
 1995 Khaharan-e gharib (novel)
 1995 Shakh-e gav (novel)
 1994 Charlie & Louise - Das doppelte Lottchen (novel "Das doppelte Lottchen")
 1989 Die verschwundene Miniatur (TV Movie) (novel)
 1989 Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon (TV Movie) (book "Das doppelte Lottchen")
 1989 Parent Trap III (TV Movie) (novel "Das doppelte Lottchen" - as Eric Kästner)
 1986 The Parent Trap II (TV Movie) (book "Das Doppelie Longhen" - as Eric Kästner)
 1980 Fabian (novel)
 1977 Mákszem Matyi (TV Movie)
  Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (novel - 2 episodes, 1966) (book "Das Doppelte Lottchen" - 1 episode, 1976)
- The Parent Trap (1976) ... (book "Das Doppelte Lottchen" - as Erich Kastner)
- Emil and the Detectives: Part 2 (1966) ... (novel)
- Emil and the Detectives: Part 1 (1966) ... (novel)
 1974 Three Men in the Snow (novel)
 1973 Verwandte sind auch Menschen (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Seine Majestät Gustav Krause (TV Movie) (play - as Eberhard Foerster)
 1970 Die 13 Monate (TV Movie)
 1969 Die Konferenz der Tiere (book)
 1969 Lieder-liches (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 Emil and the Detectives (novel - as Berthold Bürger)
 1963 Story Box (TV Series) (book - 1 episode)
- Emil and the Detectives (1963) ... (book)
 1963 Liebe will gelernt sein (play "Zu treuen Händen" - as Melchior Kurz) / (screenplay - as Melchior Kurz)
 1962 Peter Pan (TV Movie) (translation)
 1961 The Parent Trap (based on the book: "Das doppelte Lottchen")
 1957 Pega Ladrão (novel "Emil und die Detektiv")
 1957 Salzburg Stories (novel) / (screenplay)
 1955 Three Men in the Snow (novel - as Berthold Bürger)
 1954 Emil und die Detektive (novel)
 1954 Flying Classroom (novel) / (screenplay)
 1953 Punktchen and Anton (novel and play)
 1953 Twice Upon a Time (novel "Das Doppelte Lottchen")
 1952 Emil and the Detectives (TV Series) (novel "Emil und die Detektive" - 3 episodes)
- The Hotel in the Square (1952) ... (novel "Emil und die Detektive")
- Password 'Emil' (1952) ... (novel "Emil und die Detektive")
- The Man in the Bowler Hat (1952) ... (novel "Emil und die Detektive")
 1951 Hibari no komoriuta (novel)
 1950 Toscanito y los detectives (novel "Emil und die Detektive")
 1950 Das doppelte Lottchen (novel) / (screenplay)
 1950 All About Eve (dialogue: German version - uncredited)
 1943 Der kleine Grenzverkehr (novel "Georg und die Zwischenfälle") / (screenplay - as Berhold Bürger)
 1943 Ich vertraue Dir meine Frau an (uncredited)
 1943 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (script & dialogue - as Berthold Bürger)
 1942 Der Seniorchef (play "Seine Majestät Gustav Krause" - as Eberhard Foerster)
 1941 Portrait of Innocence (novel "Emil und die detektive" - uncredited)
 1940 Frau nach Maß (play - as Eberhard Foerster)
 1940 Verwandte sind auch Menschen (play - as Eberhard Foerster)
 1938 Paradise for Three (from a book by)
 1936 Stackars miljonärer (novel "Drei Männer im Schnee")
 1936 Three Men in the Snow (novel)
 1935 Emil and the Detectives (novel "Emil und die Detektive")
 1931 Emil und die Detektive (novel) / (screenplay)
 1931 Das Ekel (uncredited)
Show Show Actor (3 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Emil and the Detectives," was produced by the People's National Theatre Production and was performed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, England with Tony Wickham Jones, Cecil Trouncer, and Billy Thatcher in the cast. Henry Cass was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Berhold Bürger | Berthold Bürger | Eberhard Foerster | Erich Kastner | Melchior Kurz | Eric Kästner

Did You Know?


Served in an artillery company in World War I. His experiences during that time made him a staunch pacifist for the rest of his life. See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Discuss Erich Kästner on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page