Josef Meinrad

Josef Meinrad, actually Josef Moučka, (* April 21, 1913 in Vienna, † 18 February 1996 Großgmain, Salzburg ) was an Austrian Chamber actor.


Josef Meinrad was the fourth and youngest child of Carman Franz Moučka and his second wife Catherine. After attending elementary school from 1919 to 1924, he received a free space in the Redemptorist High School Katzelsdorf at Wiener Neustadt.

Meinrad wanted to be a priest at first, but left in 1929 the boarding school and took an apprenticeship in a paint factory. At the same time he took lessons at drama school Kestranek the grain market and eventually became an actor.

In 1930 he joined the Hans -Sachs- Festival in Korneuburg first public, where he already Josef Meinrad called. Despite another small theater roles he put 1932 commercial apprenticeship examinations and remained until 1935 office intern. In 1936, he joined more on small stages and was on 15 May 1937 the ring of Austrian performer drama exam. After guest appearances at various theaters in Vienna, he received an engagement at the theater, the comedy in the fall of 1939. After a brief interlude at the Burgtheater was Josef Meinrad December 1940 to September 1944 at the Deutsches Theater in Metz, which was considered a "Front Theater", active in the troop entertainment.

On October 22, 1945 he was in Vienna again on stage. In July 1947, he was the " good company " at the Salzburg Festival, and in October of the same year he was hired at the Burgtheater. He belonged to the ensemble until his 65th birthday in 1978. From 1947 to 1983 he appeared at the Burgtheater in 195 stage roles before the public. Josef Meinrad became famous for his portrayal of Nestroy and Raimund characters. Almost every year he was also represented at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festival, in addition he gave numerous guest appearances on other platforms. Its probably the biggest success on the stage, he celebrated as Don Quixote in the musical Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, the Theater an der Wien experienced the German premiere on January 4, 1968. Meinrad was since 1959 the Iffland -Ring ( which he passed on to Bruno Ganz ).

Josef Meinrad roles in films and on television were compared to his fame as a stage actor rather modest. He became known to a wider audience, especially through the three Sissi movies with Romy Schneider, in which he played Colonel Bockel, the adjutant of the empress. His voice, in the typical Viennese atmosphere mingled with warm -hearted enthusiasm, makes it unmistakable to this day. Many know this voice as the narrator of the bearded figure from the 1970s comic book series Once Upon a Time ... Man.

On April 17, 1983, Josef Meinrad as Theodor in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's The Incorruptible his last premiere at the Burg- theater or academy, in this role he performed on December 12, 1984, the last time at its headquarters. In April 1987, he joined the Bürgersaalkirche in Munich with the monologue piece I will not keep silent when Father Rupert Mayer was the last time before the public. Josef Meinrad, who was married to the French Germaine Renée Clement since 11 April 1950 died on February 18, 1996 from cancer. He was buried in the cemetery of Großgmain. His wife, Germaine died in August 2006 and was buried beside him.

Already on 15 September 1997 was named by the City of Vienna in his honor the as yet unnamed square next to the Burgtheater in Vienna as Josef Meinrad -Platz.

Filmography (selection)


In the animated series Once Upon a Time ... the man dubbed Josef Meinrad Roger Carel in the role of the old, white-haired "Maestro" and took over the role of the narrator, which was spoken in the original French version of Albert Barillé beyond.