Peter Weck

Peter Weck ( born August 12, 1930 in Vienna) is an Austrian stage and film actor who also worked as a director and theater producer and theater director. In the 1950s and 1960s, he became known as an actor in filmed entertainment, reaching a father in a family I'm getting married in the 1980s television popularity. As a director in Vienna, he brought among other musicals Cats and The Phantom of the Opera for the German premiere. Weck has next to the Austrian and Swiss citizenship.

  • 2.1 As an actor
  • 2.2 As a director


Youth and Education

Weck was the second son of an engineer and manufacturer of bottle caps in Vienna to the world. At the age of ten he was in 1940 a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir and sang, among other things as a soprano soloist. For four years he completed under the direction of Ferdinand Grossmann international concert performances, among others in Sweden and Spain. Headed by Oscar Fritz Schuh wake came here in 1941 in Mozart's opera The goose of the Caliph as overseers Murat. He retired on reaching the voice broke in autumn 1944 with the Vienna Boys' Choir from. The end of the war saw Weck Pitten, which his grandfather had projected as mayor; in the fall of 1945, the family returned to Vienna.

After high school he attended from 1949, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and studied piano, clarinet, harp, timpani and bassoon, becoming a conductor with the target. He discontinued this study, 1951. At the same time he had begun on his father's request, a mechanical engineering degree at the Technological Commercial Centre, which he broke off after a short time. He graduated finally from 1951 to 1953 training at the Max -Reinhardt-Seminar and graduated with honors.

Career in the theater

His theater debut was in 1953, Theo Knapp at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Truffaldino in Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. Already in the following year he experienced at the Theater am Kurfürstendamm his breakthrough as a stage actor: Under Rudolf Steinboeck he took over in Hofmannsthal's The Difficult the role of Hindustani and thus his signature role he held until 1967 in numerous productions of the play at various theaters as well as at the Salzburg Festival played. Axel von Ambesser, who had seen him in this role in Berlin, occupied Weck 1954 film And heaven laughs to in his first screen role.

From September 1954 Weck was a permanent member of the Theater in der Josefstadt and also played in the associated chamber theater games. He specializes been here, " teen comic roles - helpless lover, ardent lover, love lover, fell helpless and then happy or unhappy lovers, in short, everything the comedians trade as allegedly prescribes Funny. " Ernst Haeussermann finally caught Weck 1959 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Weck special contract assured him there, he be excused six months a year for film work. Guest performances Weck in subsequent years among other things in 1964 to Hamburg and 1965 at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. His last role at the Burgtheater in 1969, the master tailor thread in Johann Nepomuk Nestroys Lumpazivagabundus. In 1970 he led the first stage direction: In the Burgenland Festival he directed Franz Grillparzer's The Sea and the waves of love with Brigitte Grothum and Alexander Kerst.

In 1970, Wake moved to Switzerland about, among other things, played at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, at the Munich Residenz Theater and went on theater tour. Only in 1980, he was seen again in Austria in a theater role: In the Vienna Festival, he starred in The Last Days of Mankind at the same time his last theater role for a long time. Only in 2008 he returned to The Sunshine Boys at the Viennese popular theater on the side of Harald Serafin on the theater stage back.

Time as a theater director

Following a performance of the Last Days of Mankind Vienna's City Councillor Helmut Zilk Peter Weck offered in 1981 at the artistic director of the Theater an der Wien. Weck took over the Theater an der Wien officially in January 1983. During the same year, he moved from Switzerland back to Austria.

Weck's goal was to establish a musical theater in Vienna. Looking for his Erstinszenierung Weck had just premiered in London in 1981, the musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber saw and secured the performing rights for the piece in Vienna in the sequence. On September 24, 1983 Cats experienced at the Theater an der Wien its German premiere. After London and New York, it was also the world's third production of the play. For the German -language premiere Weck had occupied, among others, Ronnie Milsap for the role of Grizabella and committed immediately after graduating from high school at that time unknown Ute Lemper.

In 1987, Weck took next to the Theater an der Wien and the Raimund Theatre and the vaudeville Ronacher. The three theaters were merged in January 1987 to the United Stages of Vienna and Weck general manager of the largest at the time theater union of Vienna. Cats was played in 1988 at the Ronacher and set the end of 1990 after 2080 performances. Among other things, Weck had guest appearances with the ensemble in 1987 in East Berlin and in 1988 was the first who could give a guest performance with the musical in Moscow.

In his time as director general fall the German premieres of Les Misérables (1988) and The Phantom of the Opera (1988). As a director, he was also responsible for the musical Freudiana, the first major in-house production of the United Stages of Vienna. In Freudiana for a concept album by Eric Woolfson Weck also directed. The last production that brought Weck as director for the world premiere, in 1992 was the musical Elisabeth.

Film and Television

Weck made ​​his film debut in 1954 in the home of Comedy And heaven laughs them. In the 1950s and 1960s, he played in light entertainment films and musical comedies, among other things on the side of Hans Moser and Theo Lingen. He frequently turned, directed by Franz Antel, Franz Josef Gottlieb, Harald pure linen and especially Harald Vock. With his then-girlfriend Cornelia Froboess he appeared in several films, including the popular success Mariandl. He played three times on the side of Romy Schneider: In 1954, in girlhood of Queen, 1955 in the first Sissi film and 1963 in the U.S. production The Cardinal of Otto Preminger, according Greetings from Vienna ( 1962), his second U.S. American production. Here he embodied the Jewish banker Kurt von Hartmann, who throws himself at the port in 1938 in despair out of the window. The role was one of the few who deviated from the usual occupation scheme Weck, which described itself as the wake of a " charming, cheerful and mischievous Sir Sonny Boys". " Alertness and schmaltz perk he has joked and gegrantelt by more than a hundred works of German film humor laugh ," summed up the mirror in 1986 together.

A wide television audience Weck was in the 1960s, first as a presenter of music programs We make music (1960) and Music for You ( 1962-1963 ) is known. In 1971 he was in the popular television series When the father can be seen with the son as partner of Fritz Eckhardt. The 1983 broadcast 13-part ZDF television series I will marry a family, in which he directed and contrary to original plans took over the role of the father Werner Schumann, ran from 1983 to 1986 successfully on television. Der Spiegel called Weck 1986 therefore as the " favorite daddy on the TV people."

As early as 1969 had Weck in the comedy of help, I love twins! first time out film directing. It was followed by several entertainment comedies under his direction, which he served in part as a performer. For television, he also created several television portraits of practitioners, including Theo Lingen ( Lingen Lingen, 1976) and Willy Millowitsch ( The Kölsche Jung: Willy Millowitsch in Portrait, 1978). With his own film production company Cinevista movie Weck also produced from the late 1980s television films and series, including 13 episodes of the series Heiteres district court.

Private and family

Weck's older brother, the painter and graphic artist Herbert Tasquil (1923-2008), was full university professor of design theory at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna.

In 1966, Wake had the mannequin Ingrid Muttone met. Both were married on 22 June 1967; the marriage produced a daughter and a son. Ingrid Weck died unexpectedly end of April 2012 of a heart attack and was buried in the Viennese central cemetery. Weck retired then returned for several months from the public.

Weck is an active supporter of hunting and passionate skier. He is regarded as connoisseurs and wine lovers. In 1993 he was appointed by Underberg and Gault Millau gourmet of the year and received the Austrian Winegrowers' Association and the Austrian Wine Marketing wine price Bacchus " for outstanding contributions to the Austrian wine culture." Weck is also actively involved in the project life German bridge, which campaigns for children suffering from leukemia in Saint Petersburg.

In December 2010, Wake published his biography Is that it? Memories. He lives in Vienna.


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