Alfred Struwe

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Alfred Struwe (April 22, 1927 – February 13, 1998)[1] was a German actor, best known for his television role as Dr. Alexander Wittkugel in Zahn um Zahn.

Struwe was born in Marienburg, West Prussia (today Malbork in Poland), the son of a postman, and grew up there with five siblings. His first acting experience was in Hitler Youth summer camps.[1] In 1944 he was called up first into the Reich Labour Service, then into the military. After attending officer training school in Hanover, he was sent along with other young contemporaries into battle in the final days of World War II. In 1945 he rejoined his family in Leipzig. Since his father, Gustav, was opposed to his making acting his career, he instead had to attend a police academy, until in 1948 it closed and he was also discharged. From then on, he was able to dedicate himself entirely to acting. He had already performed part-time in amateur productions and taken private acting lessons during his police training. In 1949 he joined the theater company in Greiz[1][2] and subsequently was engaged in Brandenburg, Zittau, Cottbus, Karl-Marx-Stadt and Dresden.

Struwe made his first appearance before the cameras in 1954, in the DEFA co-production Leuchtfeuer.[1] Then beginning in the 1960s, his face was often seen on both movie and television screens. Several times he played the part of the would-be assassin of Hitler, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg.[2] In 1985 he played what would become his signature role, the eccentric dentist Dr. Alexander Wittkugel in the television series Zahn um Zahn ("A Tooth for a Tooth").[2] This was so successful that in response to viewer demand the 7 projected episodes were extended and in the end 21 stories of "Dr. Wittkugel's Practices" were produced.[1]

Struwe's daughter Catharina Struwe is likewise an actress, with, for example, a longstanding engagement at the Neue Bühne in Senftenberg.

With the dissolution of the Iron Curtain, the popular actor's life became quieter. Struwe made occasional further appearances on stage and on television, but otherwise enjoyed his retirement. He died in Potsdam in 1998 after a lengthy illness caused by pneumonia and was buried in the Southwest Cemetery in Stahnsdorf.[1]


  • 1954: Leuchtfeuer
  • 1963: Geheimarchiv an der Elbe
  • 1963: Vanina Vanini (TV)
  • 1966: Ohne Kampf kein Sieg (TV)
  • 1968: Die Toten bleiben jung
  • 1969: Krupp und Krause (TV)
  • 1970: Befreiung
  • 1971: KLK Calling PTZ - The Red Orchestra
  • 1971: Istanbul-Masche (TV)
  • 1972: Die Bilder des Zeugen Schattmann (TV)
  • 1973: Das unsichtbare Visier (TV)
  • 1974: Ulzana
  • 1975: Fischzüge (TV)
  • 1976: Im Staub der Sterne
  • 1976: Polizeiruf 110 - Eine fast perfekte Sache (TV) (as Friedrich Bader)
  • 1977: Polizeiruf 110 - Die Abrechnung (TV) (as Dr. Klaus Frowein)
  • 1978: Zwei Betten in der Hohen Tatra (TV)
  • 1979: Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet
  • 1980: Archiv des Todes (TV series)
  • 1980: Oben geblieben ist noch keiner (TV)
  • 1981: Der ungebetene Gast (TV)
  • 1981: Berühmte Ärzte der Charité: Der kleine Doktor (TV)
  • 1982: Der lange Ritt zur Schule
  • 1983: Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fußball? (TV)
  • 1983: Automärchen 1983
  • 1983: Frühstück im Bett (TV)
  • 1983: Die lieben Luder (TV) (Sequel to Polizeiruf 110
  • 1984: Front ohne Gnade (TV series)
  • 1984: Mensch, Oma! (TV series, episode "Stefan ist weg!")
  • 1985–88: Zahn um Zahn (TV series)
  • 1987: Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Gräfin Cosel (TV)
  • 1987: Magnat
  • 1989: Polizeiruf 110 - Variante Tramper (TV) (as Uwe Kellerbauer)
  • 1990: Schauspielereien: Gesucht und gefunden (TV)
  • 1991: Aerolina (TV series)
  • 1992: Karl May (TV)
  • 1997: Verdammtes Glück (TV)


External links