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The son of an architect. Studied in Kiel and Munich and learned acting in Berlin, 1925-27. Made his stage debut with the Prussian State Theatre in 1930. Appeared in classical roles, including 'Hamlet'. Films from 1931, usually in subtle, but highly expressive character roles. After the war, became manager of the Stadttheater Kiel, also starting to direct. Performed on most of Germany's best-known...