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      Karlheinz Böhm

      Karlheinz Böhm

      Highest Rated: 95% Peeping Tom (1960)

      Lowest Rated: 86% Martha (1974)

      Birthday: Mar 16, 1928

      Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany

      Raised in Germany, Austrian actor Karlheinz Böhm grew up in the cities of Darmstadt, Hamburg, and Dresden. The son of German soprano Thea Linhard and acclaimed Austrian-born conductor Karl Böhm, Karlheinz Böhm moved to Switzerland at age 11 to attend school. Due to the heavy presence of classical music in his home, Böhm intended to pursue classical piano after completing high school, but performed poorly during auditions. After meandering through studies in literature and art history, Böhm relocated to Vienna and studied acting under Professor Helmut Krauss. He proved a far more gifted actor than pianist, and soon was appearing onstage in theatrical productions across Europe. His film breakthrough came when Böhm was cast opposite Austrian actress Romy Schneider in "Sissi" (1955), the first installment in a successful film trilogy about Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. After several years making his name in German-langauge film, Böhm made his English-language debut in Michael Powell's controversial psychosexual thriller "Peeping Tom" (1960), in which he played the lead role of Mark Lewis, a psychopathic murderer who films his victims. Although the film was shocking enough that it all but ended the estimable Powell's career in the British film industry, Böhm was able to move temporarily to America to expand his career following its release. During the early years of the 1960s, Böhm appeared in a number of American films, including "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" (1962) and "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1962). He also guest starred on a variety of American TV shows, including a two-part episode of the anthology hit "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (ABC 1961-69), in which he starred as Ludwig Van Beethoven. (For most of his American work, Böhm anglicized his name to Carl Boehm.) In the mid-70s, Böhm appeared in four films helmed by the formidable German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder: "Martha" (1974), "Effi Briest" (1974), "Fox and His Friends" (1975), and "Mother Küsters' Trip To Heaven" (1975). During the 1980s, Böhm became deeply involved in charity work in Ethiopia, founding the organization "Humans for Humans." In 2007, he was honored for his work with the charity, receiving the Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood among Peoples. Though he had largely retired from acting in the early 1980s as his humanitarian work took precedence, he returned to the screen for a final voiceover role in 2009, dubbing the German-language voice of Carl Fredericksen in Pixar's animated hit "Up." Böhm died in Salzburg Austria in May 2014, reportedly from complications related to Alzheimer's disease.

      Highest rated movies

      95% Peeping Tom
      86% Fox and His Friends
      86% Martha

      Photos

      Karl-Heinz Böhm THE VENETIAN AFFAIR, Karl Boehm, (aka Karlheinz Bohm), 1967 PEEPING TOM, Carl Boehm, 1960 PEEPING TOM, Carl Boehm, 1960 THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, Karl Boehm, (aka Karlheinz Bohm), 1962 PEEPING TOM, Carl Boehm, 1960 PEEPING TOM, Carl Boehm (right), 1960 PEEPING TOM, from left: Carl Boehm, Anna Massey, 1960 PEEPING TOM, Pamela Green (lying down), Carl Boehm, 1960 PEEPING TOM, from left: Pamela Green, Carl Boehm, 1960 PEEPING TOM, from left: Maxine Audley, Carl Boehm, 1960 PEEPING TOM, Carl Boehm, 1960 PEEPING TOM, from left: Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, 1960 PEEPING TOM, facing front from left: Carl Boehm, director Michael Powell on set, 1960 PEEPING TOM, from left: Carl Boehm, Anna Massey, 1960

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      86% 87% Fox and His Friends Max (Character) - 1975
      86% 88% Martha Helmut Salomon (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Effi Briest Geheimrat Wullersdorf (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 33% The Venetian Affair Robert Wahl (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hour of Truth Jonathan (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 53% Come Fly With Me Baron Franz Von Elzingen (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rififi in Tokyo Carl Mersen (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 100% Forever, My Love Emperor Franz Josef (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 47% The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Heinrich von Hartrott (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 62% The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Jacob Grimm (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magnificent Rebel Ludwig van Beethoven (Character) - 1961
      95% 85% Peeping Tom Mark Lewis (Character) $23.0K 1960
      No Score Yet 44% Too Hot to Handle Robert Jouvel (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crook and the Cross Pater Steiner (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Court Martial Oberleutnant Duren (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 80% Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress Emperor Franz Josef of Austria (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sissi: The Young Empress Kaiser Franz Josef (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 86% Sissi Kaiser Franz Josef (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Crime Was Love Mitja (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Witch Graf Ulrich Ziszek-wald (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 17% Unnatural Frank Braun (Character) - 1952

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burke's Law Professor Thomas Marto (Character) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Karl Rilke (Guest Star) 1963