Dirk Bach

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Dirk Bach
Life Ball 2009 (opening) Dirk Bach.jpg
Bach in 2009
Born(1961-04-23)23 April 1961
Died1 October 2012(2012-10-01) (aged 51)
Berlin, Germany
OccupationActor, comedian, TV presenter

Dirk Bach (23 April 1961 – 1 October 2012) was a German actor, comedian, and TV presenter, [1] [2] best known as the co-host of Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! , the German version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! . [3] [4]



After school, Bach worked in theatres in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York City, Utrecht, and Vienna. In 1992, Bach was part of the theatre group in Cologne at the Schauspielhaus and appeared on the German television channel RTL on the Dirk Bach Show. Bach performed in Lukas (1996–2001) on the German TV channel ZDF, for which he received the Telestar award (1996), the German Comedy Award (1999), and the Goldene Kamera (2001).

In 2002, Bach starred in Der kleine Mönch on ZDF. Bach worked in Sesamstraße , the German version of Sesame Street , as the character Pepe. He often performed with Hella von Sinnen on different television productions. From 2004 on, Bach and Sonja Zietlow presented the German edition of the show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! . In 2005, Bach played the character Urmel in Urmel aus dem Eis ( Impy's Island ). Since 2006, Bach has hosted the German game show Frei Schnauze on RTL.

Other work

Bach was a LGBT activist[ citation needed ] and member of the LSVD organisation (Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany). He was part of the campaign to bring the 2010 Gay Games to Cologne. [5] He also helped Amnesty International and the organization PETA.

Bach lived together with his partner Thomas in Cologne. [6] He was a vegetarian.


Bach died on 1 October 2012 in Berlin at the age of 51 from heart failure. [7]


Bach in 2005 Dirk bach 20051201.jpg
Bach in 2005
Bach alongside Hella von Sinnen in 2006 Dirk bach hella von sinnen 20061130.jpg
Bach alongside Hella von Sinnen in 2006

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  1. "Dirk Bach ist tot". Spiegel Online (in German). 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. "German entertainer Dirk Bach dies at 51". Deutsche Welle . 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  3. Kreitling, Holger (1 October 2012). "Nachruf: Begnadeter Pummel im Fummel – Dirk Bach ist tot". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  4. Ehrenberg, Markus (1 October 2012). "Nachruf: Dirk Bach: Genie am richtigen, falschen Ort". Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  5. Gay Games VIII in Cologne . Archived August 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Bild Archived January 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Tagesspiegel, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Süddeutsche Zeitung