Fritz Kampers

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Fritz Kampers
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Born(1891-07-14)14 July 1891
Died1 September 1950(1950-09-01) (aged 59)
Years active1913–1950

Fritz Kampers (14 July 1891 1 September 1950) was a German film actor. [1] He appeared in more than 250 films between 1913 and 1950.


Early life

Fritz Kampers was the son of a Munich hotel owner, spent his early childhood in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and attended a boarding school in Weilheim in Upper Bavaria. After completing secondary school, he completed a commercial apprenticeship in a textile shop in Munich and at the same time took acting classes with Richard Stury, who presided as president of the Munich experimental stage. After appearances at small suburbs in Munich, such as the Alhambratheater, he wandered through the province and finally found engagements in Alzey, Karlsruhe, Lucerne, Sondershausen, Helmstedt and Aachen. During the First World War he served as a cavalryman on the eastern front, was wounded, fired and joined the front theaters in Warsaw and Łódź.

During a commitment begun in 1917 at the Munich Volkstheater Fritz Kampers got to know the director Franz Seitz, who gave him some film engagements. Even as a film director, he appeared between 1917 and 1920 in appearance. In The Volkstyrann played under his direction the famous colleague Albert Steinrück the main role. In 1920 he went to Berlin, where he worked for a year as a villain for Gustav Althoff's film company and at the same time on stages such as the Kleinen Schauspielhaus, the Lessingtheater, the German Theater and the Revue Theater "Admiralspalast" occurred. Kampers also became popular as a cabaret artist; For a time he was part of the ensemble of Trude Hesterberg's political-literary cabaret "Die Wilde Bühne".

In the mid-1920s, Fritz Kampers changed roles and played as comic character actor pithy originals and neat soldiers and officers, often with Bavarian influence. The likeable of these guys, whom he successfully portrayed until the end of his film career, was the apparent antagonism of primordial robustness and bluntness on the one hand - Kampers' gestures were thrifty, his short sentences dry and almost deliberate - and wit, cunning, and unexpected depth on the other hand.

The change to the sound film fell to Fritz Kampers easily. He had great roles in Max Obal's comedy "The Merry Musicians" (1930), in GW Pabst's films "West Front 1918" (1930) and "Comradeship" (1931), in "Three of the Stamp" (1932) and "Two Good Comrades "(1933). When many film artists went abroad in 1933 because of the Nazi entry into the government and the film industry was desperately looking for a suitable replacement, Kampers, who occasionally also directed in the period after the First World War, was given the opportunity to stage two of his own films: the Schwank "Konjunkturritter" (1933/34, with White Ferdl and Sabine Peters) and the confusion comedy "I sing 'into my heart" (1934, with Lien Deyers and Hans Söhnker). His acting career he continued under the regime of National Socialism. From 1934 he was part of the ensemble of the Berlin Volksbühne and he also continued to appear in films - including in Nazi propaganda films such as "Three Emperor Hunters" (1933), "The Four Musketeers" (1934), "Holiday on Honor" (1937), "In the Name of the People" (1939), "Robert and Bertram" (1939), "The Fire Devil" (1940), "About Everything in the World" and "Attack on Baku" (1941). Although Kampers 1939 by Joseph Goebbels was appointed a state actor, he seems to have rejected from 1942 on film offers in propaganda films but.

Also in the post-war film Fritz Kampers soon found employment with supporting roles in films like "Sensation in Savoy" and "Schwarzwaldmädel" (1950). Fritz Kampers was one of the most active actors in German film. Between 1918 and 1950 he has been involved in more than 260 films, that is every 17th film produced during this period. His resting place is on the Evangelical Cemetery in Neubeckum.

Selected filmography

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  1. "Fritz Kampers". Film Portal. Retrieved 15 March 2020.