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Overview (3)

Born in Danzig, Province of Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, Germany [now Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland]
Died in Munich, Bavaria, Germany  (pneumonia)
Birth NameMaximilian Adalbert Krampf

Mini Bio (1)

Although somewhat forgotten these days, Max Adalbert was a great name of the German theater at he beginning of the twentieth century. Born Max Kampf in Danzig (now Gdansk in Poland) Max Adalbert worked in Lübeck, St. Gallen (Switzerland), Vienna and Berlin (Kleines Theater, Reinhardt-Bühnen). During the silent period he appeared in two masterpieces by Fritz Lang 'Der müde Tod' and 'Dr. Mabuse der Spieler'. After a few years solely devoted to the boards Adalbert successfully returned to the cinema. He was very good in 'Mein Leopold' but it is 'Der Hauptmann von Köpenick' that earned him most acclaim. A heart attack brutally broke this virtuous circle.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Trivia (10)

Max Adalbert became a popular actor in normally in comedic plays.
His appearances in the cinema increased in the 20s, beside it he still remained active at the theater.
As quiet as Max Adalbert had lived as quiet he said goodbye to the life. He died at the age of 58 because of pneumonia in 1933.
He made his stage debut at the theater in Lübeck in 1894 and in the next years he got engagement at many German theaters, among others in Nuremberg, Berlin and Vienna.
From the middle of the 20s he retired from the film business temporarily because he missed the possibility to use words, one of his vigorousness. When the sound film became accepted in Germany in 1929, this medium became also more interesting for him again, and In the next years he experienced an enormous increase in his popularity both on stage and in the movies.
The year 1931 became an important year in Max Adalbert's life in two respects. On the one hand he took over from Werner Krauss the role of the Hauptmann von Köpenick in Carl Zuckmayer's play of the same name at the "Deutsches Theater" and became his greatest triumph on stage. On the other hand he was engaged for the filming of "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (1931) because of the huge success at the theater and was able to set a cinematical monument for himself.
Max Adalbert joined the film business in 1915 where he took part in productions like "Wie werde ich Amanda los?" (1915), "Die Buchhalterin" (1918), "König Nicolo" (1919) and "Die Verführten" (1919) in his first years.
He was an impressive actor who knew how to create a role with his keen sense. At the same time he was a modest and quiet fellow who did not seek the bath in the crowd.
Together with the actors Paul Morgan and Kurt Robitschek he founded the "Kabarett der Komiker" in 1924 which soon became established in Berlin and enjoyed great popularity.
Max Adalbert was born into a distinguished family and as not seldom at that time the profession of an actor was considered as something objectionable. However Max Adalbert asserted himself against the will of his parents and became an actor. In order to protect the family from this "humiliation" he called himself Max Adalbert from now on, basing on his two first names.

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