31 August 1921|
Bonn, German Realm
|Died||5 February 1983
Falkensee, German Democratic Republic
Hannjo Hasse (31 August 1921 - 5 February 1983) was an East German actor.
Hasse began studying acting in 1938, and attended Lily Ackermann's Institute for Stage Artists' Education in Berlin. At 1941, he was drafted for the Labour Service, and later to the Army. After the end of the Second World War and his release from captivity, Hasse returned to Weimar, where he spent another six months to complete his drama training.
He made his debut on stage in the Nordhausen Theater, where he was also employed as a dramaturgue. Later, he also worked in theaters in Eisleben, Burg bei Magdeburg and Schwerin, before settling in the Hans Otto Theater in Leipzig, in which he was a member of the regular cast between 1954 to 1962. Afterwards, he moved to Berlin's Volksbühne, and then to the Deutsches Theater. Hasse played a wide range of supporting characters, from Malvolio to the Fledermaus.
Hasse made his first appearance on screen already during 1951, playing a minor role in Der Untertan. From the late 1950s, he focused mainly on cinema and television work. Although his earlier stage roles were mostly comical in nature, he depicted sinister characters almost solely: Renate Seydel, who interviewed him in 1966, commented that he was the most perennial villain in the actors' cast of DEFA and Deutscher Fernsehfunk. He portrayed greedy pioneers who seek to disposses Native Americans in many of East Germany's Red Western pictures. He is also remembered for depicting SD Colonel von Dietrich in the Yugoslav partisan film Walter Defends Sarajevo. In addition to those entertainment films, he also portrayed historical antagonists in several bleaker pictures dealing with recent past, like Alfred Naujocks in The Gleiwitz Case and Adolf Eichmann in the 1966 Lebende Ware - based on the blood for goods affair. Hasse told Seydel that he considered those roles as having educational value, in order to "demonstrate the full horror of Fascism" to younger viewers.
- 1951: Der Untertan
- 1954: Gefährliche Fracht
- 1954: Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse
- 1955: Ham wa nich!
- 1959: Kabale und Liebe
- 1959: Sterne
- 1959: Bevor der Blitz einschlägt
- 1960: Vyšší princip
- 1961: Der Fall Gleiwitz
- 1961: Gewissen in Aufruhr (TV)
- 1962: Freispruch mangels Beweises
- 1962: Nebel
- 1963: Reserviert für den Tod
- 1963: An französischen Kaminen
- 1964: Das Lied vom Trompeter
- 1966: Die Söhne der großen Bärin
- 1966: Lebende Ware
- 1966: Schwarze Panther
- 1967: Die gefrorenen Blitze
- 1967: Das Mädchen auf dem Brett
- 1968: Spur des Falken
- 1968: Nebelnacht
- 1969: Mohr und die Raben von London
- 1969: Tödlicher Irrtum
- 1969: Befreiung
- 1971: KLK Calling PTZ - The Red Orchestra
- 1972: Valter brani Sarajevo
- 1973: Unterm Birnbaum
- 1973: Die Hosen des Ritters von Bredow
- 1973: Copernicus
- 1974: Ulzana
- 1974: Das Geheimnis des Ödipus
- 1974: Kit & Co
- 1974: Wie füttert man einen Esel
- 1974: Zum Beispiel Josef
- 1974: Sokolovo
- 1976: Das unsichtbare Visier
- 1977: Wer reißt denn gleich vor’m Teufel aus
- 1977: Auftrag - Überleben
- 1980: Levins Mühle
- 1980: Archiv des Todes (TV)
- 1980: Der Baulöwe
- 1981: Peters Jugend
- 1983: Martin Luther
- Hannjo Hasse. DEFA Sternstunden.
- Horst O. Hermanni. Von Jean Gabin bis Walter Huston: Das Film ABC. Books on Demand (2009). ISBN 978-3-8334-2377-2. Pages 301-302.
- Renate Seydel. Schauspieler: Theater, Film, Fernsehen. Henschel (1976). ASIN B002LSOFQY. Pages 117-120.
- Erika Tschernig, Monika Kollega, Gudrun Müller. Unsere Kultur: DDR-Zeittafel, 1945-1987. Dietz Verlag (1989). ISBN 978-3-320-01132-1. Page 197.