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Karl May (1842–1912)

Karl May was born on February 25, 1842 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Kingdom of Saxony as Karl Friedrich May. He was a writer, known for Die Teufelsanbeter (1920), The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962) and Winnetou: The Last Shot (1965). He was married to Klara Plöhn and Emma Pollmer. He died on March 30, 1912 in Radebeul, Kingdom of Saxony [now ... See full bio »

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 2008 Karl-May-Spiele: Winnetou und Old Firehand (TV Movie) (characters)
 2007 Karl-May-Spiele: Winnetou I (TV Movie) (novel)
 2003 Karl-May-Spiele: Old Surehand (TV Movie) (novel)
 2002 Karl-May-Spiele: Im Tal des Todes (TV Movie) (novel)
 1998 Winnetous Rückkehr (TV Movie) (characters - uncredited)
 1993 Der Schatz im Silbersee (Video Game) (novel)
 1992 Karl May (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 6 episodes)
- Jahre des Erfolges (1882-1899) (1992) ... (novel)
- Seminar- und Lehrzeit (1856-1862) (1992) ... (novel)
 1986 Das Buschgespenst (TV Movie) (novel)
 1980 Im Tal des Todes (TV Movie) (novel)
 1980 Winnetou le mescalero (TV Series) (character created by - 1980)
 1979 Old Firehand (TV Movie) (story)
 1978 Durchs wilde Kurdistan (TV Movie) (novel)
 1977 Der schwarze Mustang (TV Movie) (novel)
 1976 Winnetou II (TV Movie) (novel)
 1976 Winnetou I (TV Movie) (story)
 1974 Das Vermächtnis des Inka (TV Movie) (novel)
 1973 Kara Ben Nemsi Effendi (TV Series) (novels)
 1971 Winnetou (TV Movie) (story)
 1970 Der Ölprinz (TV Movie) (novel)
 1969 Die Felsenburg (TV Movie) (novel)
 1968 The Valley of Death (based on)
 1968 In den Schluchten des Balkans (TV Movie) (story)
 1967 Unter Geiern (TV Movie) (novel)
 1966 Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand (based on motifs by)
 1966 Winnetou II (TV Movie) (novel)
 1965 Old Surehand (novel)
 1965 Winnetou: The Last Shot (novel)
 1965 Wild Kurdistan (novel)
 1965 The Oil Prince (based on a narrative by)
 1965 Legacy of the Incas (novel)
 1965 Old Surehand (TV Movie)
 1965 Pyramid of the Sun God (novel)
 1965 Treasure of the Aztecs (novel "Schloß Rodriganda")
 1964 Amongst Vultures (novel)
 1964 The Yellow One (novel)
 1964 Old Shatterhand (by)
 1963 Mit Karl May im Orient (TV Series) (novel)
 1963 Winnetou (novel)
 1961 Der Ölprinz (TV Movie)
 1960 In den Schluchten des Balkan (TV Movie) (novel)
 1959 Der Löwe von Babylon (novel "Bei den Trümmern von Babylon")
 1959 Hadschi Halef Omar (TV Movie) (novel)
 1958 Die Sklavenkarawane (novels "Sklavenkarawane" and "Durch die Wüste")
 1958 Der Schatz im Silbersee (TV Movie) (story)
 1957 Winnetou (TV Movie) (novel)
 1936 Durch die Wüste (novel "Durch die Wüste")
 1920 Die Teufelsanbeter (novel "Durch die Wueste")
 1920 Caravan of Death (novel)
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May was a notorious self-promoter and a 'Munchhausen'-style teller of tall tales. He awarded himself a false doctorate. He claimed to have visited the Wild West and the Orient (but never did). He claimed to be able to converse in 1,200 languages or dialects (a clearly preposterous notion). His most outrageous claim was to be an honorary Apache chief with a following of 35,000 warriors (the entire... See more »

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