Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer
30 June 1926
|Died||12 February 2011 84) (aged|
Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer (30 June 1926 – 12 February 2011), commonly known as Peter Alexander, was an Austrian actor, singer and one of the most popular entertainers in the German-language world between the 1950s and his retirement.His fame emerged in the 1950s and 1960s through popular film comedies and successful recordings, predominantly of Schlager and operetta repertory. Later, Alexander established himself as the acclaimed host of television shows. His career as a live singer touring the German language countries lasted until 1991, while he continued his television work until 1996.
Operetta is a genre of light opera, light in terms both of music and subject matter.
During World War II, Alexander was a teenaged Luftwaffenhelfer and member of the Reichsarbeitsdienst before finally being conscripted into the Navy. He was captured by the British in early 1945 and held as a POW.[ citation needed ]
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
A Luftwaffenhelfer, also commonly known as a Flakhelfer, was, strictly speaking, any member of the auxiliary staff of the German Luftwaffe during World War II. Such terms often implied students conscripted as child soldiers.
The Kriegsmarine was the navy of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of the German Empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war Reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the Weimar Republic. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches, along with the Heer (Army) and the Luftwaffe of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces from 1933 to 1945.
After World War II, he attended Vienna's Max Reinhardt Seminary for actors until 1948 and then began his career in acting. He starred in several musical comedies, including Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager and Peter schießt den Vogel ab . He recorded Ralph Benatzky's operetta Im weißen Rößl , singing the lead role of Leopold Brandmeyer. He then performed in the 1960 movie version of the operetta. [ citation needed ]He later starred in the Count Bobby movies and the Lümmel-series. In the 1970s, Alexander started a second career as a TV host and entertainer. His music show, the Peter Alexander Show , was shown on black and white TV from 1963 until 1966. From 1969, the German TV station ZDF started to air a new colour version which was broadcast until 1996. The Peter Alexander Show has been seen by more than 38 million viewers and has averaged a 71% viewing rate.
The Max Reinhardt Seminar is the School of Drama at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. It is located in the Palais Cumberland, Penzingerstraße 9, in Vienna's 14th district.
Peter schießt den Vogel ab is a 1959 West German film directed by Géza von Cziffra.
Ralph Benatzky, born in Moravské Budějovice as Rudolf Josef František Benatzki, was an Austrian composer of Czech origin. He composed operas and operettas, such as Casanova (1928), Die drei Musketiere (1929), Im weißen Rössl (1930) and Meine Schwester und ich (1930). He died in Zürich, Switzerland.
After his death, Media Control Charts named him the biggest singles artist ever with 459 songs having charted on the German singles chart. The single "Und manchmal weinst du sicher ein paar Tränen" had the longest run with 34 weeks on that chart, while 2 other songs, "Der letzte Walzer" and "Liebesleid", were able to reach the #1 position.Alexander won 10 Bambi Awards and in 1996 was awarded a Bambi for lifetime achievement.
Alexander married Hilde Haagen in 1952; they had two children, Susanne Neumayer-Haidinger (1958–2009),an artist, and Michael Neumayer (1963—2019). Alexander was widowed in 2003.
Alexander died on 12 February 2011, aged 84, in his native Vienna.
|1948||Der Engel mit der Posaune||Karl Hartl||Visitor|
|1952||Verlorene Melodie||Eduard von Borsody||Piano player|
|1952||Queen of the Arena||Rolf Meyer||Singer|
|1953||Salto Mortale||Viktor Tourjansky||Singer|
|1953||The Sweetest Fruits||Franz Antel||Singer|
|1953||Drei von denen man spricht||Axel von Ambesser|
|1954||Verliebte Leute||Franz Antel||Musician Karl Munk|
|1954||Große Starparade||Paul Martin||Singer|
|1955||Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager||Paul Martin||Singer Peter Alexander|
|1956||Musikparade||Géza von Cziffra||Singer Peter Martin|
|1956||Bonjour Kathrin||Karl Anton||Music student Pierre|
|1956||Ein Mann muß nicht immer schön sein||Hans Quest||Jazz singer Peter Moll|
|1957||Liebe, Jazz und Übermut||Erik Ode||Jazz singer Peter Hagen|
|1957||Das haut hin||Géza von Cziffra||Student, artist and singer Toni Matthis|
|1957||Die Beine von Dolores||Géza von Cziffra||Singer|
|1958||Munchhausen in Africa||Werner Jacobs||Music teacher Peter von Münchhausen|
|1958||When She Starts, Look Out||Géza von Cziffra||Jazz musician Peter Holunder|
|1958||So ein Millionär hat's schwer||Géza von Cziffra||Millionaire's Heir Edward Collins|
|1959||Peter schießt den Vogel ab||Géza von Cziffra||Porter Peter Schatz|
|1959||Schlag auf Schlag||Géza von Cziffra||Registrar Hugo Bartels|
|1959||Ich bin kein Casanova||Géza von Cziffra||Student and butler Peter Keller|
|1959|| Salem Aleikum |
aka: Mein ganzes Leben ist Musik
|Géza von Cziffra||Teacher and amateur musician Peter Karmann|
|1960||Kriminaltango||Géza von Cziffra||Houseowner Peter Martens|
|1960||Ich zähle täglich meine Sorgen||Paul Martin||Fashion designer Peter Hollmann|
|1960||The White Horse Inn||Werner Jacobs||Head waiter Leopold Brandmeyer|
|1961|| Season in Salzburg |
aka: Wenn der Toni mit der Vroni
|Franz Josef Gottlieb||Waiter Heinz Doll|
|1961||Die Abenteuer des Grafen Bobby||Géza von Cziffra||Count Bobby (Robert) Pinelski|
|1962||Die Fledermaus||Géza von Cziffra||Dr. Gabriel Eisenstein|
|1962||The Merry Widow||Werner Jacobs||Danilo|
|1962||Wedding Night in Paradise||Paul Martin||Operetta star Dr. Ulrich Hansen|
|1962||Das süße Leben des Grafen Bobby||Géza von Cziffra||Count Bobby (Robert) Pinelski|
|1963||Charley's Aunt||Géza von Cziffra||Diplomat Dr. Otto Wilder|
|1963||Der Musterknabe||Werner Jacobs||CEO Dr. Fritz Geyer|
|1963||Schwejks Flegeljahre||Wolfgang Liebeneiner||Josef Schwejk|
|1964||Help, My Bride Steals||Werner Jacobs||Commercial artist Valentin Haase|
|1964||...und sowas muß um acht ins Bett||Werner Jacobs||Teacher Dr. Eduard Frank|
|1965||Who Wants to Sleep?|| Axel von Ambesser |
|1966||Graf Bobby, der Schrecken des Wilden Westens||Paul Martin||Count Bobby (Robert) Pinelski|
|1966||Bel Ami 2000 oder Wie verführt man einen Playboy||Michael Pfleghar||Peter Knolle|
|1968|| Zum Teufel mit der Penne |
Part #2 of the series: Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank
|Werner Jacobs||TV reporter Dr. Peter Roland,|
Substitute teacher Dr. Wilhelm-Maria Tell
|1969|| Hurra, die Schule brennt! |
Part #4 of the series: Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank
|Werner Jacobs||Teacher Dr. Peter Bach|
|1972||Hauptsache Ferien||Peter Weck||Teacher Dr. Peter Markus|
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