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Place of Birth Hanover, Germany
Birthday 1941-06-30
Death 2013-09-12


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Otto Sander (born 30 June 1941 in Hanover) is a German film, theater, and voice actor. Sander grew up in Kassel, where he graduated in 1961 from the Friedrichgymnasium. After leaving school he spent his military service as a navy reserve officer and then studied theatre science, history of art and philosophy. In 1965 he made his acting debut at the Düsseldorfer chamber plays. After his first film work in the same year he abandoned his studies in 1967, and went to Munich to become a full-time actor. He is married to the actress Monika Hansen and is stepfather to the actors Ben Becker and Meret Becker. His career is closely connected with the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin under the direction of Peter Stein. Because of his warm, strong voice, which earned him the sobriquet "The Voice" (the English term is used), he has been used frequently as narrator for television documentaries, and numerous talking books in the 1990s. In 1990, he was a member of the Jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] Among his best-known film roles are the angel Cassiel in Wings of Desire and its sequel Faraway, So Close! by Wim Wenders, and a shell-shocked U-boat commander, Kapitänleutnant Philipp Thomsen, in Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot. Sander also appeared in Comedian Harmonists, a biopic about the musical group of the same name. He has two brothers, the lawyer Adolf Sander, the scientist Christian (Chris) Sander, and a sister, the book dealer Marianne Sander. He also played a professor in the movie: The Promise about the division of Berlin by the wall.


2013Roland Klick: The Heart Is a Hungry Hunter as Himself
2012Fly Away as Eckehardt Tiedgen
2012Die Schuld der Erben as Leonhard Asmussen
2010Das Leben ist zu lang
2009Kampf um Germanien as Himself - Narrator
2008Krabat as Erzähler
2007The Heart Is a Dark Forest as Helmut
2007Little king Macius as Erasmus-Stimme
2004Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef as Narrator (voice)
2003Aus Liebe zu Deutschland - Eine Spendenaffäre as Voice
2003Donau, Duna, Dunaj, Dunav, Dunarea as Franz
2003Werner - Gekotzt wird später! as Erzähler (voice)
2003Wings of Desire: The Angels Among Us as Interviewee
2002Tödliches Vertrauen as Bernd Kortens
2002Atlantic Affairs as Maitre de Plaisir on Stage
2001100 Pro as Narrator
2001Sass as Vater Sass
2000The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld as Professor Steinach
2000Marlene as Bühnenmanager
1999E-m@il an Gott as Petrus
1999Untersuchung an Mädeln as Staatsanwalt Baldur Meixner
1999Männer sind wie Schokolade as Vater Lano
1999Der Kuß des Vergessens as Herr Jelke
1998Stan Becker - Auf eigene Faust as Walker
1998Am I Beautiful? as David
1997Comedian Harmonists
1997Conversation with the Beast as Adolf Hitler Double
1997Liebe Lügen as Vater
1996Killer Condom as Mr. Higgins
1995Matulla und Busch as Korte
1995Nikolaikirche as kirchlicher Superintendent
1995The Promise as Professor Lorenz
1995Bauernschach as Dr. Gerold Stadler
1995Lumière and Company
1994Im weißen Rößl am Wolfgangsee as Prof. Hinzelmann
1994Movie Days as Maður á hesti
1993The Film Narrator as Salzmann
1993Faraway, So Close! as Cassiel
1993Inge, April und Mai
1990Werner - Beinhart! as Erzähler (voice)
1989The Break as Erwin Lubowitz
1989Wie du mir.. as Markus Petarka
1988z.B. ... Otto Spalt as Otto Spalt
1987Wings of Desire as Cassiel
1986Caspar David Friedrich – Grenzen der Zeit as Gerichtsgehilfe
1986Miko - aus der Gosse zu den Sternen
1986Wahnfried as Richard Wagner
1986Rosa Luxemburg as Karl Liebknecht
1984Der Mord mit der Schere as Inspector Spalt
1983A Love in Germany as Narrator
1981Der Mann Im Pyjama as Rudi
1981Wer spinnt denn da, Herr Doktor? as Nummer Sieben
1981Das Boot as Phillip Thomsen
1981Kalt wie Eis as Kowalski
1981Gesucht wird... Drei Geschichten um nicht ganz ehrenwerte Herren
1981Der Mond scheint auf Kylenamoe
1981Im Schlaraffenland. Ein Roman unter feinen Leuten as Kalfisch
1980Die Ursache
1980Palermo or Wolfsburg as Staatsanwalt
1979The Tin Drum as Meyn
1979Trilogie des Wiedersehens as Richard
1978Die Ängste des Dr. Schenk
1977Heinrich Zille
1976Vier gegen die Bank as Eberhard Winter
1976The Marquise of O as Brother, Forstmeister
1976Summer Guests as Pjotr Suslov
1975About Narration
1975Lehmanns Erzählungen as Lehmann
1975Berlin 10. 11. 74 - 28. 1. 75: Exercises in 9 Pieces as Himself
1975Meine Sorgen möcht' ich haben
1974One or the Other of Us as Rulle Ruhlsdorff
1974Ermittlungen gegen Unbekannt
1973Prinz Friedrich von Homburg as Obrist Kottwitz
1971Die Mutter
1970Sonntags am Meer as Fritzchen
1970Nicht Fummeln, Liebling
1970Sonnabend, der 1.
1964Ludwig as Ludwig

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