Horst Buchholz

Horst Buchholz

Christopher Buchholz directed the movie Horst Buchholz... mein Papa (2005) , which deals with his father's life and their relationship.

Called "the German James Dean" because he was type casted as rebellious teenager in the late 1950s.

Despite being of German/Danish background, he has portrayed a variety of roles that include a Mexican gunman(The Magnificent Seven (1960)), a Russian soldier (Sky Without Stars (1955)), a Polish sailor (Tiger Bay (1959)), and and Italian painter (The Empty Canvas (1963)).

Died in intensive care of pneumonia while recovering from a broken thighbone.

During the filming of One, Two, Three (1961), he was seriously hurt in a car accident that prevented him from shooting for over two months.

Father of actor Christopher Buchholz

He received tribute as part of the annual "In Memoriam" segment at the 75th Annual Academy Awards, 2003.

His first foreign film was the British drama Tiger Bay (1959).

His participation in Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three (1961) was the reason that he was unable to be in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Omar Sharif later received his first- and thus far, only- Oscar nomination for playing the role originally intended for Buchholz.

In 1981, Buchholz failed as host of the dubious "Astro-Show" on German TV, which was canceled after only five shows. In the show, the popular astrologer Elizabeth Teissier had been at his side.

Is buried in the Heerstraße Cemetery, Berlin.

Is one of only two German actors to play Johann Strauss Jr. He did so in The Great Waltz (1972). The other German was Alfred Abel in the silent film Strauss, the Waltz King (1928).

Landed his first stage role at 15 in a Berlin theater version of the German children's classic "Emil and the Detectives."

Lived in Paris and Switzerland with his wife Myriam Bru. They also had a daughter, Beatrice.

Made his Broadway debut with "Cherie" in 1959.

Son of a shoemaker, he dropped out of school so he could take acting lessons.

Spoke fluent German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

Was to star as Charles Wilder in the 1977 The Cat and the Canary (1978) but pulled out at the 11th hour . The producers seriously considered suing him for his actions.