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German Actor Giering Dead

25 June 2010 1:21 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

German actor Frank Giering has died, aged 38.

The star was found dead at his apartment in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday. Police are investigating his cause of death.

Best known for his role as a courteous psychopath in Michael Haneke's 1997 film Funny Games, Giering was often cited as an inspiration for wannabe performers.

He was well known in his homeland for small, supporting roles and his part as Chief Inspector Henry Weber in German crime series Der Kriminalist. Programme bosses have halted filming on the new season of the show.

A statement from Odeon Film, the company behind Der Kriminalist, reads, "We are deeply moved by the much too early death of this young, talented actor. With Frank Giering we have lost a very treasured colleague who has in the past four years accompanied and enriched us."

Giering openly spoke of his struggles with alcoholism and claimed his emotional issues stemmed from growing up in communist East Germany. »

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German actor Frank Giering dies at 38

24 June 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany -- German actor Frank Giering, who played a courteous psychopath in Michael Haneke's 1997 film "Funny Games" and starred in hit German crime series "Der Kriminalist," died Wednesday in Berlin. He was 38.

Born and raised in East Germany, Giering was well known and successful without ever becoming a star. In many ways, his career -- which began in theater before moving mainly to supporting, often small-screen roles -- resembled that of Christoph Waltz before "Inglourious Basterds." And like Waltz he was an actor's actor, often cited as an inspiration by a younger generation of performers.

"Giering is God," is how Robert Stadlober ("Krabat") put it.

But Giering also struggled with alcoholism and self-doubt, issues he discussed publicly. He once described himself as a "remnant" of the Gdr and not suited for modern life. German police are investigating the cause of death.

Giering has a series of small roles »

- By Scott Roxborough

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