Peter Alexander (Austrian performer)

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Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer

(1926-06-30)30 June 1926
Vienna, Austria
Died12 February 2011(2011-02-12) (aged 84)
Vienna, Austria [1]
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1948–1996

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. [2] 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 opera genre

Operetta is a genre of light opera, light in terms both of music and subject matter.


Life and career

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 1939–1945 global war

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.

<i>Kriegsmarine</i> 1935–1945 naval warfare branch of Germanys armed forces

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. [3] 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  [ de ], 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.[ citation needed ]

Max Reinhardt Seminar school

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 Czech Austrian composer

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. [4] Alexander won 10 Bambi Awards and in 1996 was awarded a Bambi for lifetime achievement. [5]

Alexander married Hilde Haagen in 1952; they had two children, Susanne Neumayer-Haidinger (1958–2009), [6] [7] an artist, and Michael Neumayer (1963—2019). Alexander was widowed in 2003. [8] [9]

Alexander died on 12 February 2011, aged 84, in his native Vienna.


1948 Der Engel mit der Posaune Karl Hartl Visitor
1952Verlorene 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
1953Drei von denen man spricht Axel von Ambesser
1954 Verliebte Leute  [ de ]Franz AntelMusician Karl Munk
1954 Große Starparade  [ de ] Paul Martin Singer
1955 Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager  [ de ]Paul MartinSinger Peter Alexander
1956 Musikparade  [ de ] Géza von Cziffra Singer Peter Martin
1956 Bonjour Kathrin Karl Anton Music student Pierre
1956 Ein Mann muß nicht immer schön sein  [ de ] Hans Quest Jazz singer Peter Moll
1957 Liebe, Jazz und Übermut  [ de ] Erik Ode Jazz singer Peter Hagen
1957 Das haut hin  [ de ]Géza von CziffraStudent, artist and singer Toni Matthis
1957 Die Beine von Dolores Géza von CziffraSinger
1958 Munchhausen in Africa Werner Jacobs Music teacher Peter von Münchhausen
1958 When She Starts, Look Out Géza von CziffraJazz musician Peter Holunder
1958 So ein Millionär hat's schwer Géza von CziffraMillionaire's Heir Edward Collins
1959 Peter schießt den Vogel ab Géza von CziffraPorter Peter Schatz
1959 Schlag auf Schlag  [ de ]Géza von CziffraRegistrar Hugo Bartels
1959 Ich bin kein Casanova  [ de ]Géza von CziffraStudent and butler Peter Keller
1959 Salem Aleikum  [ de ]
aka: Mein ganzes Leben ist Musik
Géza von CziffraTeacher and amateur musician Peter Karmann
1960 Kriminaltango Géza von CziffraHouseowner Peter Martens
1960 Ich zähle täglich meine Sorgen Paul MartinFashion designer Peter Hollmann
1960 The White Horse Inn Werner JacobsHead 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  [ de ]Géza von Cziffra Count Bobby (Robert) Pinelski
1962 Die Fledermaus Géza von CziffraDr. Gabriel Eisenstein
1962 The Merry Widow Werner JacobsDanilo
1962 Wedding Night in Paradise Paul MartinOperetta star Dr. Ulrich Hansen
1962 Das süße Leben des Grafen Bobby  [ de ]Géza von CziffraCount Bobby (Robert) Pinelski
1963 Charley's Aunt Géza von CziffraDiplomat Dr. Otto Wilder
1963 Der Musterknabe Werner JacobsCEO Dr. Fritz Geyer
1963 Schwejks Flegeljahre  [ de ] Wolfgang Liebeneiner Josef Schwejk
1964 Help, My Bride Steals Werner JacobsCommercial artist Valentin Haase
1964 ...und sowas muß um acht ins Bett Werner JacobsTeacher Dr. Eduard Frank
1965 Who Wants to Sleep? Axel von Ambesser
Rolf Thiele
Alfred Weidenmann
Peter Sommer
1966 Graf Bobby, der Schrecken des Wilden Westens  [ de ]Paul MartinCount Bobby (Robert) Pinelski
1966 Bel Ami 2000 oder Wie verführt man einen Playboy  [ de ] Michael Pfleghar Peter Knolle
1968 Zum Teufel mit der Penne
Part #2 of the series: Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank
Werner JacobsTV 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 JacobsTeacher Dr. Peter Bach
1972 Hauptsache Ferien  [ de ] Peter Weck Teacher Dr. Peter Markus

Decorations and awards

Goldene Kamera annual German film and television award

The GOLDENE KAMERA is an annual German film and television award, awarded by the Funke Mediengruppe. The gold-plated silver award model was created by Berlin artist Wolfram Beck. It is 25 centimeters high and weighs around 900 grams.

<i>Hörzu</i> magazine

Hörzu is a German weekly television listings magazine published in Hamburg.

Bravo Otto German media award

The Bravo Otto is a German accolade honoring excellence of performers in film, television and music. Established in 1957, the award is presented annually, with winners selected by the readers of Bravo magazine. The award is presented in gold, silver and bronze and, since 1996, an honorary platinum statuette presented for lifetime achievement.


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