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Nom de naissance Friedrich Diez
Nationalité Allemagne
Naissance 27 février 1901 à Meiningen (Allemagne)
Mort 19 octobre 1979 (à 78 ans) à Weimar (Allemagne)

Not to be confused with the West German industrialist Fritz Dietz.

Fritz Diez (27 February 1901 – 19 October 1979) was a German actor, producer, director and theater manager.


Early life

Diez's mother was a servant, and raised her three children alone. To support his family, the child began working at the age of nine. While on the 7th grade, he appeared in his class' production of William Tell. In 1920, after joining the Meiningen Ducal Theater in the role of a supernumerary actor, Diez left his work as an electrician's apprentice and began taking acting classes in the Meiningen School of Dramatic Arts. He devoted himself to professional acting ever since, appearing on the stages of theaters in Flensburg, Hanau, Baden-Baden, Würzburg and Eger. While performing in the Eisenach Theater, he met his future wife, actress Martha Beschort. The two married in 1923.

During 1932, while he and Martha were working in the Stadttheater Bremerhaven, they both joined the KPD. Diez, who originally was a member of the Guild of the German Stage, joined the Profintern-oriented Revolutionary Trade Union Opposition and was elected as chairman of the theater's branch.

On the morning of 28 February 1933, a day after the Reichstag fire, Diez's home was raided by the Gestapo. On 6 March, immediately after the elections, the actor was dismissed from his work for being a communist. During 1935, Diez - fearing an interrogation by the Gestapo - had to emigrate from Germany. He and his wife traveled to Switzerland, where he worked in the St. Gallen Theater. Diez became involved in the communist and anti-fascist circles of German exiles that were formed in the country. The St. Gallen Theater's manager, Theo Modes, was a supporter of the Third Reich, and Diez was "completely isolated" in his place of work. In 1943 he joined the Swiss branch of the recently founded National Committee for a Free Germany. By the end of the war, Diez headed the St. Gallen fraction of the Democratic Union of Germans in Switzerland, an offshoot of the Committee. He also edited this movement's newspaper.

German Democratic Republic

Diez returned to the Soviet-administered Meiningen in 1946. He worked in the municipal theater, first as an actor and later as a director and an artistic director. In 1947, he was appointed its manager. During 1952, he made his debut on screen in the DEFA film Shadow Over The Islands. He appeared in some twenty films until the end of his career, as well as in several television productions.

In 1954, Diez left Meiningen, remaining an honorable member of the theater, and instead took the position of the Halle National Theater's manager. On 1958 he joined the Dresden Theater as an actor and a director. During the 1960s, he performed and directed plays in the Volksbühne and in the Deutsches Theater. Diez was also a member of the German Shakespeare Society.

The figure of Hitler, which he first portrayed in the Meiningen Theater during 1947, was described by Diez as an "ungrateful role which always seemed to pursue me." He played the character on screen in seven different productions - Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse (1955), I, Justice, Frozen Flashes (both 1967), Liberation (1970-1), Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973), Take Aim (1974) and Soldiers of Freedom (1977). Dilara Ozerova - the wife of Yuri Ozerov, who directed Liberation - claimed that Diez was reluctant to accept the invitation to depict Hitler in her husband's film series, fearing typecasting, but had to accept it as a "Party mission". Author Charles P. Mitchell wrote that the actor was "Eastern Europe's equivalent to Bobby Watson in terms of the frequency of his Hitler appearances."

In 1971, Diez received the Patriotic Order of Merit in silver. On 9 October 1979, shortly before his death, he was awarded the title of an Honorary Citizen of Meiningen.

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Filmographie de Fritz Diez (22 films)

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Soldaty Svobody (TV), 9h59
Réalisé par Youri Ozerov
Genres Guerre, Historique
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Yevgeny Semyonovich Matveyev, Vasily Lanovoy, Viktor Avdyushko, Anton Gorchev, Stanisław Jaśkiewicz, Naum Shopov
Rôle Adolf Hitler
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The film reflects the following events of World War II: the capitulation of Friedrich Paulus's Sixth Army as a result of the failed assault on Stalingrad during Operation Blue in 1942; the preparation for revolt in Slovakia; negotiations of the Polish communists with Władysław Sikorski's government over their joint struggle against fascism; the creation of a National Committee of the Domestic Front in Bulgaria and preparation by underground workers-communists for armed revolt; expansion of the guerrilla (partisan) movement; the failure of a German attempt to destroy People's Liberation Army of Josip Broz Tito; one of the largest military operations, Bagration; the beginning of the liberation of Poland; creation of the Polish National Government in Lublin; the Warsaw Uprising; the capitulation of Bór-Komorowski and defeat of the Polish patriots; the entry of Soviet and Polish armies into Warsaw.
Выбор цели, 2h38
Réalisé par Igor Talankine
Genres Drame, Historique
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Serge Bondartchouk, Irina Skobtseva, Nikolai Petrovich Burlyayev, Innokenti Smoktounovski, Sergueï Iourievitch Iourski, Alla Demidova
Rôle Adolf Hitler / Otto Hahn
Note66% 3.301793.301793.301793.301793.30179
The film depicts the nuclear arms race that took place between all sides in the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War. The first part centers on the war years, dealing with the Manhattan Project and the American effort to beat the Germans to the bomb, as well as with Stalin's decision that the USSR must have its own atomic project. The second part displays the Soviet post-war nuclear program. The plot deals mainly with the personal dilemmas facing all the scientists who worked on the atomic weapons.
Dix-sept moments de printemps, 14h
Réalisé par Tatiana Lioznova
Origine Russie
Genres Drame, Guerre, Aventure, Espionnage, Historique
Thèmes Espionnage, Politique
Acteurs Viatcheslav Tikhonov, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, Oleg Tabakov, Yekaterina Gradova, Fritz Diez, Yuri Vizbor
Rôle Adolf Hitler
Note87% 4.393964.393964.393964.393964.39396
12 February 1945, Germany. Max Otto von Stierlitz, a respected SS-Standartenführer in the Ausland-SD, is in fact Soviet spy Maxim Isaev, who has infiltrated into the German establishment. Though Adolf Hitler is determined to continue the Second World War, Walter Schellenberg convinces Heinrich Himmler to conduct secret negotiations with the Americans, hoping to reach a separate peace deal which would allow the Germans to concentrate all their forces on the Eastern Front. In the meantime, Ernst Kaltenbrunner becomes suspicious of Stierlitz, and orders Heinrich Müller to launch a covert investigation on him.
Libération, 1h10
Réalisé par Youri Ozerov
Genres Drame, Guerre, Romance
Thèmes Politique, Politique
Acteurs Nikolay Olyalin, Larisa Golubkina, Boris Seidenberg, Vsevolod Sanaïev, Vasily Shukshin, Fritz Diez
Rôle old woman in Berlin.
Note77% 3.882243.882243.882243.882243.88224
Le cinquième épisode, intitulé Le Dernier Assaut, fait suite à La Bataille de Berlin et met en scène les combats qui ont eu lieu dans Berlin ainsi que les événements qui se déroulés dans le Führerbunker jusqu'à la capitulation sans conditions du gouvernement nazi :
Et l'Angleterre sera détruite, 2h46
Origine Allemagne
Genres Drame, Guerre, Thriller, Espionnage
Thèmes Espionnage, Politique
Acteurs Alfred Müller, Leon Niemczyk, Emil Karewicz, Victor Beaumont, Renate Blume, Ewa Wiśniewska
Rôle Adolf Hitler
Note66% 3.304333.304333.304333.304333.30433
Dans l'Europe en guerre, entre 1941 et 1944, des groupes de résistants, en Allemagne, en France, en Angleterre et en Pologne, tentent de faire échouer le lancement des fusées nazies V2, dont le site expérimental est au bord de la Baltique, à Peenemünde.
Já, spravedlnost, 1h28
Réalisé par Zbyněk Brynych
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Thriller
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Karel Höger, Fritz Diez, Angelica Domröse, Jiří Vršťala
Rôle Hitler
Note58% 2.928422.928422.928422.928422.92842
At 1946, during the Nuremberg Trials, the Czechoslovak physician Doctor Heřman is abducted by a mysterious organization. To his horror, Heřman discovers that he is to treat Adolf Hitler, whose suicide in 1945 was faked. Hitler now lives in an isolated sanatorium in Germany, surrounded by his ostensibly loyal followers, a group of former high-ranking Nazis. But those men blame him for Germany's defeat and destruction, and have decided that a single death is not satisfactory punishment for Hitler. Rather, he is made to believe that the Second World War is still being fought. The German officers stage 'Allied raids' in which Hitler is captured, faces trial and a death sentence, put under the guillotine's blade and then is rescued by his supporters at the last moment - only to face it all again, over and over. The experience drives Hitler into an unberable mental agony; The doctor decides to put an end to his misery and kills him.
Flucht ins Schweigen, 1h23
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Fritz Diez, Siegfried Weiss, Jiří Vršťala
Rôle Stetter

Construction works carried out in a small village in Thuringia reveal the corpse of a member of the Waffen-SS, who seems to have been buried during the end of the Second World War - although no fighting took place in the area. Two forensics experts from the People's Police Investigations Department, Stetter and Hoffmann, arrive in the village to determine the death cause. At first, they suspect the owner of the lands in which the body was discovered; but after questioning him, he is murdered. A golden coin they found leads them to a local woman named Helga, and they reveal the truth behind the matter.
Karbid und Sauerampfer, 1h25
Réalisé par Frank Beyer
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Erwin Geschonneck, Manja Behrens, Horst Giese, Fritz Diez, Sabine Thalbach
Rôle the reconstruction chief
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In 1945, after the end of World War II in Europe, Karl 'Kalle' Blücher examines the ruins of the cigarette factory where he worked in the city of Dresden. The other workers tell him they need carbide to replace the destroyed roof. They assign him the job of getting it, as he has a brother-in-law in Wittenberge who works at a carbide company. Also, they are all married and have to look after their families, while he is single and a vegetarian, so he should be better able to feed himself along the way.
Zu jeder Stunde, 1h25
Réalisé par Heinz Thiel
Genres Drame
Acteurs Hans Finohr, Fritz Diez
Rôle Father Kraft, the priest

Border Troops' soldier Martin arrives in a village on the Inner German border. He falls in love with a local girl, Renate. Their relationship is opposed to by her father, who promised her to the son of farmer Grabow. When Grabow plans to leave to the West with the aid of the corrupt officer Zimmer, Martin discovers their plans and informs his superiors, although Zimmer was his friend.
Die Entscheidung des Dr. Ahrendt, 1h21
Genres Drame
Acteurs Fritz Diez, Rudolf Ulrich, Siegfried Weiss, Fritz Kirchhoff, Helga Göring
Rôle Scholz

Dr. Ahrendt developed a new model of an iron smelter. When his invention fails to produce the required results, he begins to doubt himself, and is even considered as a liar by some. However, the workers in the factory are determined to achieve the goals set forth, and together with the scientist they manage to prove that the machine can be used as planned.
Fünf Patronenhülsen, 1h24
Réalisé par Frank Beyer
Genres Drame, Guerre, Historique
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Erwin Geschonneck, Ulrich Thein, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Fritz Diez, Manfred Krug, Hans Finohr
Rôle Major Balanos
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During the Spanish Civil War, a battalion of the International Brigades is cut off without water or ammunition. The commander, Major Bolaños, requests his commissar, the German Heinrich Witting, to select five volunteers who will remain in the trenches and hold off the enemy, while the battalion retreats across the Ebro River. Witting chooses the Frenchman Pierre, the German Willi, the Pole Oleg, the Spaniard José and the Bulgarian Dimitri. In addition, the Soviet radio operator Vasia stays behind to handle communications.
Musterknaben, 1h14
Genres Comédie, Comédie romantique
Acteurs Rolf Herricht, Brigitte Krause, Werner Dissel, Erwin Geschonneck, Fritz Diez, Sabine Thalbach
Rôle Weber
Note60% 3.045073.045073.045073.045073.04507
Bassi and Edwin are the two laziest, most irresponsible construction workers in their workers' brigade. When they fall in love with their neighbors Thea and Susi, they pretend to be reliable young men and accompany their friends to a meeting of the local chapter house. To keep up appearances, the two are forced to undertake several duties which they would not have dreamed of doing otherwise. The plot turns into a chain of comical mistakes, but eventually the two new couples reunite and all ends well.
Ware für Katalonien, 1h39
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Peter Sturm, Manfred Krug, Fritz Diez, Werner Dissel, Carola Braunbock, Margot Ebert
Rôle Captain Gerner
Note67% 3.3608953.3608953.3608953.3608953.360895
At 1959, the People's Police notices a strange occurrence: the local demand for optical instruments increases, while the orders from abroad sharply decrease. Several detectives launch an investigation, revealing that a West German criminal named Hasso Teschendorf has been forging documents and using them to illegally obtain the goods, which he sold to the Spanish Army and to customers in Barcelona. After a long hunt, the smuggler is arrested just before he manages to flee to West Berlin.
Maibowle (1959)
, 1h30
Réalisé par Günter Reisch
Genres Drame, Comédie, Musical
Thèmes Musique
Acteurs Christel Bodenstein, Albert Hetterle, Erika Dunkelmann, Fritz Diez
Rôle State Secretary Frisch

Wilhelm Lehmann is informed that he will receive the Order of the Banner of Labor on his sixty-fifth birthday, for being the best worker in the most successful chemical plant in the country. However, it is soon made clear that all his grown up children have other plans for the day, and none of them can arrive to honor their father and their mother Auguste. But, after a series of comical mistakes that lead to utter pandemonium, all the sons and daughters eventually appear to greet Wilhelm as he is awarded the Order. The whole family drinks the traditional May wine, as they have done in every year.
SAS 181 antwortet nicht, 1h30
Genres Drame
Thèmes La mer, Transport
Acteurs Ulrich Thein, Erwin Geschonneck, Hans Finohr, Fritz Diez, Gustav Püttjer, Rudolf Ulrich
Rôle collective director

Kurt, a young apprentice in a fishing commune and a member of the Technology and Sport Association, enters a race to show his maritime skills. After he fails to win, he falls in love with a girl named Anke, but she loves the apprentice Hannes. Kurt and Hannes sail with skipper Laue on one of the collective's boats, SAS 181. Laue pretends to be Kurt's friend and encourages a conflict between the two boys. However, they both realize that he intends to reach the Danish isle of Bornholm and defect to the West. The two settle their differences and, with the help of the old fisherman Jens, return the boat home.