'The Lives of Others' star dies
25 July 2007, BERLIN (AP) - German actor Ulrich Muehe, star of the Oscar-winning film "The Lives of Others," has died, a local mayor said Wednesday. He was 54.
25 July 2007
BERLIN (AP) - German actor Ulrich Muehe, star of the Oscar-winning film "The Lives of Others," has died, a local mayor said Wednesday. He was 54.
Muehe died Sunday of stomach cancer in Walbeck, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, town mayor Brunhilde Vucke told The Associated Press.
A well-known theater and television actor in Germany, Muehe recently had ended weeks of speculation about his health, saying in an interview with German daily "Berliner Morgenpost," published Sunday, that: "Yes, I have cancer."
He was diagnosed with cancer in February, amid the hype surrounding "The Lives of Others," for which he won several film awards for his role as Gerd Weisler, a Stasi secret police surveillance expert who listens in on the life of an artist couple — a playwright and an actress — and comes to sympathize with their plight.
"The Lives of Others" won the 2007 Academy Award for best foreign-language film.
Born in Grimma, in communist East Germany, Muehe trained as a construction worker before serving in the military. He then studied acting in Leipzig at the Hans Otto Theaterhochschule, one of Germany's oldest acting schools.
Muehe was to be buried Wednesday in Walbeck, where his mother lives, according to German daily newspaper "Bild."
He is survived by his wife, actress Susanne Lothar, and their two children, as well as a daughter, actress Anna Maria Muehe, from his previous marriage to actress Jenny Groellmann.