Hartmut Becker

Hartmut Becker (by Bjoern Kommerell)
Hartmut Becker (by Bjoern Kommerell)

Hartmut Becker is a German popular stage and film star. He has worked in the theatre since 1962, during which time he has starred in dozens of plays and has been featured in many international and national film and television productions.

At theatres he was playing leading parts at the state theatres of  Munich, Vienna, Berlin and others.

His film debut he made in 1970 in Michael Verhoeven’s feature film "O.K.". The film was the official German contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival 1970 and it’s hot political expressiveness was the sensation of Berlin and 'killed' the festival. Hartmut’s performing in this film earned several prices and a great praise in the German feature articles. After "O.K." Hartmut Becker was one of Germany’s busiest actors in film and theatre.
 
His first leading part in an English language production Hartmut performed in the BBC-film "Forgive our foolish ways", where he played the role of an German prisoner of war next to Kate Nelligan. The television film became a very big success all over the world. Hartmut’s following international film was the American-English production "Jenny’s War"  (Columbia Pictures). His partners in this film where Dyan Cannon, Elke Sommer and Trevor Howard. For his widely praised performance in the following American production "Escape from Sobibor" (director: Jack Gold, also starring Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer) Hartmut had been nominated for an Emmy Award 1988. In his next 'Festival-Film' ("Il decimo clandestino"/Festival International du Film Cannes 1989) Hartmut Becker worked together with admirable director Lina Wertmüller. His female partner in this feature film was French actress Dominique Sanda.


Several dream parts followed, for example the characters Niels Jost in "A quiet conspiracy" (Channel 4; also starring Joss Ackland), Rauscher in the American Film "Triumph of the Spirit" (director: Robert M. Young; with Willem Dafoe, Robert Loggia), King Christian in "Young Catherine" (American TV; with a.o. Venessa Redgrave, Julia Ormond, Marthe Keller, Maximilian Schell; director: Michael Anderson) and last not least Dieter Krause in the English TV-thriller "The Waiting Time" (ITV 1999; director: Stuart Orme). His last leading in a German feature film was the part of Goran in "The Unforgotten".

Since 1998 Hartmut is producing performances with literature and music. He worked together with famous German musicians like Evelyn Ulex (grand piano) and Eva-Christina Schoenweiß (violinist / Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - DSO), with American cellist Wayne Foster-Smith, with classic percussionist Babette Haag and ohters. His production "Fool on the Hill" with soprano Cassandra Hoffman and grand pianist Maureen Malis is still running in Berlin. Also the performance "Jazz meets Poetry - Love me, hate me" with Stefan Schultze (jazz piano) and Peter Ehwald (sax).

In 2007 - 2012, Hartmut Becker was a member in the committee of the German Academy of Film (Deutsche Filmakademie). He lives in Berlin/Germany.