Otto Sander (30 June 1941 – 12 September 2013) was a German film, theater, and voice actor.
Sander in 2008 at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival
|Born||30 June 1941|
|Died||12 September 2013 (aged 72)|
Sander grew up in Kassel, where he graduated in 1961 from the Friedrichgymnasium. After leaving school he spent his military service in 1961/62 with the Bundesmarine and left as reserve fenrik. Sander then studied theatre science, history of art and philosophy. In 1965 he made his acting debut at the Düsseldorfer chamber plays. After his first film work in the same year he abandoned his studies in 1967, and went to Munich to become a full-time actor.
His career is closely connected with the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin under the direction of Peter Stein. From 1980 onwards Sander appeared on several of Berlin's theatre stages, among others at the Schillertheater in 1981, at the Freie Volksbühne in 1985 and in 1989 at the Komödie am Kurfürstendamm. More recently he starred in Hauptmann von Köpenick at the Schauspielhaus Bochum (2004).
Among his best-known film roles are the angel Cassiel in Wings of Desire and its sequel Faraway, So Close! by Wim Wenders, and a shell-shocked U-boat commander, Kapitänleutnant Philipp Thomsen, in Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot. Sander also appeared in The Tin Drum (1979) as a trumpeter and in Comedian Harmonists, a biopic about the musical group of the same name. He also played a professor in the movie The Promise about the division of Berlin by the wall and played in the movie Der Einstein des Sex (1999).
Because of his warm, strong voice, which earned him the sobriquet "The Voice" (the English term is used), he has been used frequently as narrator for television documentaries, and numerous talking books in the 1990s.
He was married to the actress Monika Hansen and is stepfather to the actors Ben Becker and Meret Becker. He has two brothers, the lawyer Adolf Sander, the scientist Chris Sander, and a sister, the book dealer Marianne Sander.
Sander died, aged 72, in Berlin on 12 September 2013. No cause of death was given, though he had battled cancer for several years.
|1970||Nicht fummeln, Liebling|
|1974||One or the Other of Us||Rulle|
|1975||Meine Sorgen möcht' ich haben||Harald Bornemann|
|1976||The Marquise of O||Der Bruder, Der Forstmeister|
|1976||Vier gegen die Bank||Eberhard Winter||TV film|
|1979||The Tin Drum||Musiker Meyn|
|1980||Palermo or Wolfsburg||Staatsanwalt|
|1981||Kalt wie Eis||Kowalski|
|1981||Das Boot||Phillip Thomsen|
|1981||Der Mann im Pyjama||Rudi|
|1982||Wer spinnt denn da, Herr Doktor?||Nummer Sieben|
|1983||A Love in Germany||Narrator|
|1984||Der Mord mit der Schere||Inspector Spalt|
|1986||Rosa Luxemburg||Karl Liebknecht|
|1986||Miko - aus der Gosse zu den Sternen|
|1986||Caspar David Friedrich – Grenzen der Zeit||Gerichtsgehilfe|
|1987||Wings of Desire||Cassiel|
|1988||Z.B. ... Otto Spalt||Otto Spalt|
|1990||Zeit der Rache|
|1990||Werner – Beinhart!||Erzähler||Voice, Uncredited|
|1992||Lyrische Suite. Das untergehende Vaterland|
|1993||Inge, April und Mai||Inges Vater|
|1993||Faraway, So Close!||Cassiel|
|1993||Der olympische Sommer||Narrator|
|1994||Hölderlin-Comics||Friedrich Hölderlin - Elder|
|1994||Movie Days||Maður á hesti|
|1994||The Promise||Professor Lorenz|
|1996||Killer Condom||Mr. Higgins|
|1996||Conversation with the Beast||Hitler double|
|1997||Comedian Harmonists||Bruno Levy|
|1998||Der Traum von der Freiheit|
|1998||Am I Beautiful?||David|
|1999||Untersuchung an Mädeln|
|1999||Der Einstein des Sex||Prof. Steinach|
|2003||Werner – Gekotzt wird später!||Erzähler||Voice|
|2003||Donau, Duna, Dunaj, Dunav, Dunarea||Franz|
|2006||Perfume: The Story of a Murderer||Narrator||German Version, Voice|
|2007||Der kleine König Macius - Der Film||Erasmus||Voice|
|2007||Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald||Helmut|
|2010||Das Leben ist zu lang|
|2012||Bis zum Horizont, dann links!||Eckehardt Tiedgen|
Events in the year 1941 in Germany.2013 in Germany
Events in the year 2013 in Germany.40th Berlin International Film Festival
The 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 9 to 20 February 1990. The festival opened with Steel Magnolias by Herbert Ross, which was shown out of competition. The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Music Box directed by Costa-Gavras and Czech film Skřivánci na niti directed by Jiří Menzel.Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful? (German: Bin ich schön?) is a 1998 German comedy film directed by Doris Dörrie.Ben Becker
Ben Becker (born 19 December 1964 in Bremen) is a German film and theatre actor.Cassiel
Cassiel (Hebrew: קפציאל; Arabic: كسفيائيل, Kasfa'il), (also known as Cafziel, Cafzyel, Caphziel, Casiel, Cassael, Casziel, Kafziel, Kasiel, Qafsiel, Qaphsiel, Qaspiel, Qephetzial, or Quaphsiel), meaning "Speed of God" or "God is my anger" is an angel appearing in extracanonical Jewish, Christian, and Islamic mystical and magical works, often as one of the Seven Archangels, the angel of Saturn, and in other roles.Chris Sander (scientist)
Chris Sander is a computational biologist and chair of the Computational Biology Programme at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Recently, he moved his lab to the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute and the Cell Biology Department at Harvard Medical School.Der Mann im Pyjama
Der Mann im Pyjama is a 1981 German comedy film starring Otto Sander and Elke Sommer. The film won the Ernst Lubitsch Award for best actor (Sander).Faraway, So Close!
Faraway, So Close! (German: In weiter Ferne, so nah!) is a 1993 German fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The screenplay is by Wenders, Richard Reitinger and Ulrich Zieger. It is a sequel to Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire. Actors Otto Sander, Bruno Ganz and Peter Falk reprise their roles as angels who have become human. The film also stars Nastassja Kinski, Willem Dafoe and Heinz Rühmann, in his last film role.
The story follows the angel Cassiel, who unlike his friend Damiel, chose not to become human in the original despite being told of the joys of life. Cassiel only becomes human in the reunified Berlin, but quickly becomes involved in a criminal enterprise that threatens his newfound life and his friends.
Wenders opted to pursue the project, desiring to make a film set in Berlin after the fall of the Wall. Sander also wished to pursue a storyline in which his character becomes human, and contributed ideas for the plot. Faraway, So Close! won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, but less critical success than its predecessor.Les Misérables (2000 miniseries)
Les Misérables is a 2000 French television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The miniseries was broadcast in four parts. A three-hour English version was also released. This version is very true to Victor Hugo's novel. It maintains the setting, time period and covers the full arc of the story.List of German films of the 1980s
This is a list of the most notable films produced in Cinema of Germany in the 1980s.
For an alphabetical list of articles on West German films see Category:West German films.Palermo or Wolfsburg
Palermo or Wolfsburg (German: Palermo oder Wolfsburg) is a 1980 film by Werner Schroeter. It tells the story of an Italian immigrant who comes to West Germany in search of work.Rosa Luxemburg (film)
Rosa Luxemburg (German: Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg) is a 1986 West German drama film directed by Margarethe von Trotta. The film received the 1986 German Film Award for Best Feature Film (Bester Spielfilm), and Barbara Sukowa won the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actress Award and the German Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Rosa Luxemburg.The Promise (1995 film)
The Promise (German: Das Versprechen) is a 1995 German-language film directed by Margarethe von Trotta. It was an international co-production between Germany, France and Switzerland. Two young lovers in Berlin are separated when the Berlin wall goes up, and their stories intertwine during the three decades to German reunification. This film was chosen as Germany's official submission to the 67th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not receive a nomination.Three Sisters (1994 film)
Three Sisters (Russian: Три сестры, Tri sestry) is a 1994 Russian film, based on Anton Chekhov's play of the same name. The movie was very successful in the former countries of the USSR and had one Nika Award nomination for the best cinematographer.Wahnfried (film)
Wahnfried (German: Richard und Cosima, French: Richard et Cosima) is a 1986 German-French drama film directed by Peter Patzak about the life of Richard Wagner. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.Weltreise
Weltreise (The World Trip) is the second studio album by German electronical project Schiller by Christopher von Deylen and Mirko von Schlieffen. The album was internationally marketed as Voyage. It became a surprise hit, staying on the top position of the German longplay charts for four consecutive weeks. The album featured Kim Sanders and Peter Heppner as guest singers, with voice actors Otto Sander, Benjamin Völz and Franziska Pigulla adding spoken words passages.
Weltreise was also released as a DVD including a travel movie to the soundtrack.
The album achieved platinum status in Germany in 2016.Werner – Beinhart!
Werner – Beinhart! is the first German comedy-comic-film adaption based upon the most successful German comic Werner by "Brösel".
With 4.9 million sold tickets it was in 1990 the third most successful movie in theaters in Germany, behind Look Who's Talking and Pretty Woman and still is up to today the fourth successful domestic movie behind Otto – Der Film, Der Schuh des Manitu (2001; 11,7 Mio. visitors) and Traumschiff Surprise – Periode 1 (2004; 9,1 Mio. visitors). That made it behind Otto – Der Film (with 14,5 Mio. visitors in 1985;) to the second most commercially successful domestic film since the beginning of recording in Germany (since 1964).Wings of Desire
Wings of Desire (German: Der Himmel über Berlin, lit. 'The Heaven Over Berlin') is a 1987 romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of its human inhabitants, comforting the distressed. Even though the city is densely populated, many of the people are isolated or estranged from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely trapeze artist, played by Solveig Dommartin. The angel chooses to become mortal so that he can experience human sensory pleasures, ranging from enjoying food to touching a loved one, and so that he can discover human love with the trapeze artist.
Inspired by art depicting angels visible around West Berlin, at the time enclaved by the Berlin Wall, Wenders and author Peter Handke conceived of the story and continued to develop the screenplay throughout the French and German co-production. The film was shot by Henri Alekan in both colour and a sepia-toned black-and-white, the latter being used to represent the world as seen by the angels. The cast includes Otto Sander, Curt Bois and Peter Falk.
For Wings of Desire, Wenders won awards for Best Director at both the Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards. The film was a critical and financial success, and academics have interpreted it as a statement of the importance of cinema, libraries, the circus, or German unity, containing New Age, religious, secular or other themes.
It was followed by a sequel, Faraway, So Close!, released in 1993. City of Angels, a U.S. remake, was released in 1998. In 1990, numerous critics named Wings of Desire as one of the best films of the 1980s.