Many knew him from "Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella", but Rolf Hoppe filled over 400 movie and stage roles – now the actor killed 87 years. He had fallen asleep on us on Wednesday after a fulfilled life in his family's circle, the family said on Thursday. Last year, Hoppe won several awards – the Märchenfilm festival prize for his life work in Annaberg-Buchholz and the order at the Dresden Semper Opera Ball.
"Most of all, I'm hanging on the small roles," Hoppe said three years ago in an interview just before his 85th birthday. "The most important thing is a good home." Hoppe smoked his pipe – the doctor had prescribed it in the 1940s instead of cigarettes.
In recent years, Hoppe has not retired: "I like to work, it's also a good job," he said. Only with his strength was he more economical. One of his projects: his own theater. As early as 1995, the actor bought a farm on the outskirts of Dresden and founded Hoftheater Dresden with friends, according to the theater website. But for a few years he was just a spectator there.
His "Spielwut" Hoppe lived for the first time in an amateur theater group in his hometown of Ellrich on the southern edge of Harz. At that time, Thuringian received his money as a coach and baker. His walk as an opponent of Klaus Maria Brandauer in István Szabó's award-winning film version of Klaus Mann's novel "Mephisto" made him internationally known in 1980. Even as a father of pianist Clara Schumann in "Spring Symphony" by Peter Schamoni, Hoppe showed world class. At the Salzburg Festival he was the Mammon in "Everyman" several times.
Since 1963, Hoppe has performed in theater of almost all classical and comic characters in world literature. He never left the temptation to turn his back on the DDR while filmed abroad. And he was also in demand in the new movie Germany, played in "Bronstein's Children", "Schtonk!" And "Mario and the wizard".
In just over 50 years, there were only two white spots: "I would never play a childbirth," the actor once said, for a long time considered a "rogue to the service". The second exception is quite unintentionally: a promising role was never offered to him. "A fat man can also love." His balance sheet did not obscure it. "I have a good life." He had no fear of death, just wanted a tolerable transition. "When it's time it's time." (Simona Block and Sophia Weimer, DPA)