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Helmut Fischer

In 1972 he played in the Bavarian Television's first episode of the Tatort series, as assistant to then-time Inspector Veigl (played by Gustl Bayrhammer). When Veigl was "retired" in 1981, Fischer was "promoted" to Commissioner Ludwig Lenz and as such he solved a total of seven cases until 1987. In 1974 Helmut Fischer, in his favourite café Münchner Freiheit met director Helmut Dietl. The latter recognised his friend's true talent and in 1980 gave him a major role in the TV series Der ganz normale Wahnsinn in which Fischer for the first time got to play a manquéed playboy. The final breakthrough came in 1983 with Helmut Fischer's series Monaco Franze - der ewige Stenz. Again Helmut Dietl was the director, Patrick Süskind cooperated on the scripts to almost all episodes. In the series, which has now reached cult status among fans, Fischer alongside Ruth Maria Kubitschek, Karl Obermayr and Erni Singerl in inimitable way embodied an easygoing dandy, charmer and ladies' men, who always manages to master awkward situations with a sheepy smile. Famous sayings by the character role like "A bisserl was geht immer (Anything goes)" were adapted into daily language use. Matching this, Fischer also recorded a successful single titled "Spatzl (Schau wia i schau)) (Sweetheart (Look like I'm looking))". From now on, the actor was busy with roles whose character were always based on Stenz though. Until the end of his life Fischer kept assuring that the figure of Monaco Franze had nothing to do with his real life. In the mid-1980s, Fischer played with Thomas Gottschalk and Michael Winslow in the two Zärtliche Chaoten films, from 1987 to 1992 he could be seen as "Josefbärli" along Veronika Fitz and Ilse Neubauer in the series Die Hausmeisterin (The House Keeper). Fischer enjoyed his last success in the series Ein Schloß am Wörthersee (A castle on theWörthersee), where he played the absentminded estate manager Leo Laxeneder, and as the fictitious mayor of Hohenwaldau, Peter Elfinger in Peter and Paul alongside Hans Clarin. In 1993 Helmut Fischer was diagnosed with cancer. He kept this diagnosis largely secret, only his wife Utta knew about it. In 1996, the actor underwent treatment by the well-known and controversial cancer specialist Julius Hackethal. In November he celebrated his 70th anniversary with a great number of friends and colleagues. At the occasion the told the press: "Das Leben macht sich ja mehr und mehr aus dem Staub (Life is more and more buzzing off)". Eight months later Fischer, to the surprise of the common public, died in Chiemgau. More than 1,000 people participated in the funeral service at the mortuary of Munich's northern cemetery and the subsequent funeral at the Bogenhausen cemetery (gravesite no. 2-4-2) on 19 June 1997. In his funeral speech Munich's Lord Mayor Christian Ude, a friend and neighbour of Fischer, said: "... Populär war er in ganz Deutschland - in München wurde er geliebt. (He was popular throughout Germany - in Munich, he was loved.)"

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Nov 15, 1926 In Munich, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Stars in der Manege 1959-04-11
Latest Project:
Movie Fröhlich Geschieden 1997-01-01
Known For
Poster of Peter und Paul
Poster of Three Crazy Jerks
Poster of Felix und Oskar
Poster of Recht auf Gewissen
Movie Fröhlich Geschieden Wiggerl 1997-01-01
Movie Drei in fremden Betten Ludwig König 1996-11-15
Movie Drei in fremden Kissen Ludwig König 1995-01-01
Series Peter und Paul Peter Elfinger 1994-04-11
Movie Der Unschuldsengel Piano-Schorsch 1992-01-03
Series Lilli Lottofee Unknown 1992-03-03
Series Ein Schloß am Wörthersee Leo Laxenender 1990-10-17
Movie Jede Menge Schmidt Alfred Löffler 1989-10-13
Movie Three Crazy Jerks II Xaver Prielmayer 1988-06-30
Movie Starke Zeiten Monaco Franze 1988-05-12
Movie Hexenschuß Leo Hansen 1987-03-22
Movie Three Crazy Jerks Schmidgruber 1987-08-20
Series Die Hausmeisterin Josef Haslbeck 1987-11-19
Movie Mama Mia - Nur keine Panik Bert 1984-12-07
Series Monaco Franze Monaco Franze 1983-03-03
Series Unsere schönsten Jahre Herbert Dirscherl 1983-09-01
Series Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl Dr. Schredlbach 1982-09-24
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie Mein Freund der Scheich Franz 1981-10-20
Movie Die Undankbare Rechtsanwalt Dr. Hermann 1980-10-17
Series Felix und Oskar Unknown 1980-01-04
Movie Blauer Himmel den ich nur ahne Julius Linnekogel 1979-02-05
Series Der ganz normale Wahnsinn Lino Gailing 1979-01-01
Movie Die Farbe des Himmels Generalsekretär Ascher 1979-05-27
Movie Der Durchdreher Lino 1979-03-08
Series Der Millionenbauer Rhaider Lois 1979-10-18
Movie Das Einhorn Dr. Blagge 1978-09-28
Series Polizeiinspektion 1 Herr Strohmeier 1977-09-01
Movie Augenzeugen müssen blind sein 1971-03-11
Movie Die Schrott-Story Assistent 1971-07-29
Movie Recht auf Gewissen Bill 1970-07-23
Series Scene of the Crime Kriminalkommissar Lenz 1970-11-29
Series Gestern gelesen Düsterberg junior 1969-06-06
Movie Knüpfe das Netz nach dem Fisch Dragotin 1968-08-24
Movie Der Röhm-Putsch SA-Obergruppenführer August Schneidhuber 1967-06-29
Movie Umsonst Müller 1967-07-08
Movie Kurzer Prozeß Kellner 1967-11-24
Series Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre Butler 1967-09-15
Movie Familie Schimek Baumann 1966-03-06
Movie Italienische Nacht Erster Faschist 1966-03-17
Movie Das unverschämte Glück, ein Mann zu sein - Indiskretionen eines Adams von heute Walter Pistorek 1965-07-28
Series Das Kriminalmuseum Knöferl 1963-04-04
Movie The Honors of War Le sergent-chef Holbrock 1962-02-16
Movie Die Lokalbahn Anton Hartl 1960-02-25
Movie Oh, diese Bayern! 1960-08-10
Series Stars in der Manege Unknown 1959-04-11