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Walter Sedlmayr
Born 6 January 1926(1926-01-06)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Died 14 July 1990 (aged 64)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Other name(s) Walther Sedlmayer
Occupation Actor

Walter Sedlmayr (6 January 1926 – 14 July 1990) was a Bavarian stage, television, and movie actor.

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Career

After his 1945 wartime Abitur, Sedlmayr served as a Flakhelfer towards the end of World War II. His acting career began with minor roles with the Münchner Kammerspiele, for which he played more than 25 years, and in numerous Heimatfilme during the 1940s and 1950s.

In 1971, by now an associate of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sedlmayr was briefly arrested because a stolen artwork, the Blutenburger Madonna, was found in his house. He was later acquitted of all charges, and the media attention given to his trial helped him gain major roles. His breakthrough came with the leading role in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's movie Theodor Hirneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird (1973). Afterwards, Sedlmayr was cast in numerous popular German TV shows, including Münchner Geschichten, Der Herr Kottnik, Der Millionenbauer, and Polizeiinspektion 1; he also frequently appeared on stage and in other media.

Murder

On 15 July 1990, Sedlmayr was found dead in the bedroom of his Munich apartment. He had been tied up, stabbed in the stomach with a knife and beaten about the head with a hammer.[1] On 21 May 1993, two brothers[2], Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber, former business associates of Sedlmayr, were found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life in prison.[3][4][5]

Sedlmayr's life and murder were the subject of the 2001 biopic Wambo by Jo Baier, where he was played by Jürgen Tarrach, and of an episode of the ARD TV series Die großen Kriminalfälle.

Filmography

  • 1949: Die drei Dorfheiligen
  • 1951: Heidelberger Romanze
  • 1952: Zwei Menschen
  • 1952: Der Hergottschnitzer von Ammergau
  • 1953: Ehestreik
  • 1954: Die kleine Stadt will Schlafen gehen
  • 1954: Rosen-Resli
  • 1955: Der Frontgockel
  • 1955: Königswalzer
  • 1957: Heiraten verboten
  • 1958: Der Pauker
  • 1959: Menschen im Netz
  • 1959: Buddenbrooks
  • 1960: Ein gewisses Röcheln
  • 1964: Bei Tag und Nacht
  • 1965: Radetzkymarsch
  • 1969: Frei bis zum nächsten Mal
  • 1969: Der Rückfall
  • 1970: Baal
  • 1970: Die Niklashauser Fahrt
  • 1971: Rio das Mortes
  • 1972: Händler der vier Jahreszeiten
  • 1973: Theodor Hirneis oder Wie man ehemaliger Hofkoch wird
  • 1973: Welt am Draht
  • 1974: Die Reform
  • 1974: Angst essen Seele auf
  • 1975: Faustrecht der Freiheit
  • 1976: Der verkaufte Großvater
  • 1977: Die Jugendstreiche des Knaben Karl
  • 1979: Anton Sittinger
  • 1981: Mein Freund, der Scheich
  • 1984: Rambo Zambo
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TV appearances

  • 1964: Kriminalmuseum
  • 1968: Der Staudamm
  • 1972: TatortMünchner Kindl
  • 1972: Acht Stunden sind kein Tag
  • 1973: Der KommissarEin Funken in der Kälte
  • 1973: TatortTote brauchen keine Wohnung
  • 1973: Drei Partner
  • 1974–1975: Münchner Geschichten
  • 1974–1975: Spannagl & Sohn
  • 1974: Der KommissarTod eines Landstreichers
  • 1975: Der KommissarDas goldene Pflaster
  • 1975: Der KommissarEin Mord auf dem Lande
  • 1976–1982: Reisen mit Walter Sedlmayr
  • 1976: Vater Seidl und sein Sohn
  • 1976: Alle Jahre wieder: Die Familie Semmeling
  • 1977–1988: Polizeiinspektion 1
  • 1979 und 1986/1987: Der Millionenbauer
  • 1983: Monaco FranzeDer ewige Stenz
  • 1983–1985: Unsere schönsten Jahre
  • 1986–1987: Der Schwammerlkönig
  • Derrick
  • Der Alte
  • Der Herr Kottnik

Award

In 1973, Sedlmayr won the Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor Deutscher Filmpreis award for his role in Theodor Hirneis oder Wie man ehemaliger Hofkoch wird.

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