Swiss Actor Paul Hubschmid Dies
Jan. 02, 2002
BERLIN (AP) _ Swiss actor Paul Hubschmid, who starred alongside Michael Caine in the 1966 film ``Funeral in Berlin'' and was often cast as the handsome charmer in German movies, has died. He was 84.
Hubschmid, who worked in Hollywood between 1948 and 1953 under the name Paul Christian, died Monday night in Berlin of a pulmonary embolism, the Nicolai agency, which represents his former wife and co-star Eva Renzi, said Wednesday.
Born July 20, 1917 in the Swiss city of Aarau, Hubschmid trained as an actor in Vienna, Austria, and made his movie debut in 1938 in a Swiss production, ``Fusilier Wipf.'' During World War II he appeared in German films such as ``Meine Freundin Josefine'' and ``Love Letters.''
In Hollywood after the war, Hubschmid starred in English-language productions such as 1949's ``Bagdad'' with Maureen O'Hara, directed by Charles Lamont. He also appeared in the spy comedy ``No Time for Flowers'' and ``The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.''
Back in Germany, he appeared in Fritz Lang's ``The Tiger of Eschnapur'' in 1959 and as agent Johnny Vulkan in ``Funeral in Berlin,'' directed by Guy Hamilton. Hubschmid also was known in Germany for his stage and television acting, drawing critical acclaim for his role in the musical ``My Fair Lady'' in Berlin.
Hubschmid is survived by his third wife, Swiss actress Irene Schiesser, his son Peter and adopted daughter Anouschka Renzi. Details of funeral arrangements weren't immediately available.