Friedrich Kayßler

Friedrich Kayßler
Born (1874-04-07)7 April 1874
Neurode, German Empire
Died 30 April 1945(1945-04-30) (aged 71)
Kleinmachnow, Nazi Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1913–1945

Friedrich Kayßler (7 April 1874 30 April 1945) was a German theatre and film actor. He appeared in 56 films between 1913 and 1945.


Kayßler was born in Neurode in the Prussian Silesia Province (now Nowa Ruda in Poland). He attended the gymnasium in Breslau (Wrocław), where he became a close friend of Christian Morgenstern and Fritz Beblo. Graduating in 1893 Kayßler studied philosophy at the universities of Breslau and Munich and began his theatre career at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin under manager Otto Brahm, later working at municipal theatres in Görlitz and Halle.

At the Deutsches Theater, Kayßler had made friends with director Max Reinhardt, whose Schall und Rauch Kabarett ensemble in Berlin he joined in 1901. He followed Reinhardt, when he became manager of the Deutsches Theater in 1905, where Kayßler performed in Kleist's The Prince of Homburg, Goethe's Faust and Ibsen's Peer Gynt. He also succeeded Reinhardt as manager of the Berlin Volksbühne from 1918 until 1923. He first appeared as a film actor in the silent movie Welche sterben, wenn sie lieben in 1913 and wrote several poems and dramas.

In March 1944 his son Christian, who was also a popular film actor, was killed in an allied bombing raid. Kayßler was named as one of the Third Reich's most important artists in the Gottbegnadeten list of September 1944. During the Battle of Berlin he was murdered by Red Army troops at his house in the suburb of Kleinmachnow, when he tried to protect his wife.[1]

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