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Occupation
  
Screen, Stage Actor

Years active
  
1887-1948


Name
  
Albert Bassermann

Role
  
Actor

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Born
  
7 September 1867 (
1867-09-07
)
Mannheim, Germany

Died
  
May 15, 1952, Zurich, Switzerland

Spouse
  
Elsa Basserman (m. 1908–1952)

Nominations
  
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Movies
  
Foreign Correspondent, The Red Shoes, Madame Curie, Desperate Journey, A Woman's Face

Similar People
  
Elsa Basserman, Richard Oswald, Paul Czinner, Joan Harrison, Robert Benchley

Albert Bassermann


Albert Bassermann (7 September 1867 – 15 May 1952) was a German stage and screen actor. He was considered to be one of the greatest German-speaking actors of his generation and received the famous Iffland-Ring. He was married to Elsa Bassermann with whom he frequently performed.

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Life and career

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Bassermann began his acting career in 1887 in Mannheim, his birthplace, after he began to study chemistry at the Technical University of Karlsruhe in 1884/85. He then moved to Berlin. From 1899, he worked for Otto Brahm. He began work at the Deutsches Theater from 1904, and in 1909 worked at the Lessing Theatre. From 1909 to 1915, Bassermann worked with Max Reinhardt at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Roles included Othello in 1910, Faust Part II with Friedrich Kayssler in 1911, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and August Strindberg's The Storm with de:Gertrud Eysoldt in 1913.

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Bassermann was among the first German theatre actors who worked in film. In 1913, he played the main role of the lawyer in Max Mack's Der Andere (The Other), after the play by Paul Lindau. In 1915, he appeared in Egmont (play) with de:Victor Barnowsky at the de:Deutsches Künstlertheater. He also worked with German silent film directors Richard Oswald, Ernst Lubitsch, Leopold Jessner and Lupu Pick. In 1928 he appeared in the first staging of Carl Zuckmayer's Katharina Knie, and in November that year in Herr Lambertier by Verneuil In 1933, Bassermann left Germany and lived in the United States from 1938.

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Annija Simsone who played opposite Bassermann in the Neue Wiener Buehne Theater in the 1920s wrote the following in her autobiography: "During the Hitler era, Bassermann did not perform in Germany, though Adolf Hitler personally held him in high regard; Elsa was Jewish. Bassermann was told that if he wanted to continue to perform in Germany, he would have to get divorced. He did not get divorced, but Elsa and he went to Switzerland instead."

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Although his ability to speak English was very limited, he learned lines phonetically with assistance from his wife and found work as a character actor. For his performance as the Dutch statesman Van Meer in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, Bassermann was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor in 1940. He returned to Europe in 1946. His final film appearance was in The Red Shoes.

In her acting textbook Respect for Acting, actress Uta Hagen said: "One of the finest lessons I ever learned was from the great German actor Albert Basserman. I worked with him as Hilde in The Master Builder by Ibsen. He was already past eighty but was as 'modern' in his conception of the role of Solness and in his techniques as anyone I've ever seen or played with. In rehearsals he felt his way with the new cast. (The role had been in his repertoire for almost forty years.) He watched us, listened to us, adjusted to us, meanwhile executing his actions with only a small part of his playing energy. At the first dress rehearsal, he started to play fully. There was such a vibrant reality to the rhythm of his speech and behavior that I was swept away by it. I kept waiting for him to come to an end with his intentions so that I could take my 'turn.' As a result, I either made a big hole in the dialogue or desperately cut in on him in order to avoid another hole. I was expecting the usual 'It's your turn; then it's my turn.' At the end of the first act I went to his dressing room and said, 'Mr. Basserman, I can't apologize enough, but I never know when you're through!' He looked at me in amazement and said, 'I'm never through! And neither should you be.'"

Death

Bassermann died from a heart attack while on a flight from New York to Zurich. He is buried in Mannheim.

Filmography

Actor
1948
The Red Shoes as
Sergei Ratov (as Albert Basserman)
1947
Escape Me Never as
Professor Heinrich (as Albert Basserman)
1947
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami as
Jacques Rival
1946
The Searching Wind as
Count von Stammer
1945
Rhapsody in Blue as
Prof. Franck (as Albert Basserman)
1945
Strange Holiday as
School Principal (uncredited)
1945
I Was a Criminal as
Wilhelm Voight, a Shoemaker
1944
Since You Went Away as
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
1943
Madame Curie as
Professor Jean Perot
1943
Good Luck, Mr. Yates as
Dr. Carl Hesser
1942
Reunion in France as
General Hugo Schroeder
1942
Once Upon a Honeymoon as
Gen. Borelski
1942
Desperate Journey as
Dr. Ludwig Mather (as Albert Basserman)
1942
The Moon and Sixpence as
Dr. Coutras
1942
Invisible Agent as
Arnold Schmidt (as Albert Basserman)
1942
Fly-By-Night as
Dr. Storm
1941
The Shanghai Gesture as
The Commissioner
1941
New Wine as
Ludwig van Beethoven
1941
A Woman's Face as
Consul Magnus Barring
1940
Moon Over Burma as
Basil Renner
1940
Escape as
Dr. Arthur Henning
1940
A Dispatch from Reuters as
Franz Geller (as Albert Basserman)
1940
Knute Rockne All American as
Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)
1940
Foreign Correspondent as
Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
1940
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as
Dr. Robert Koch
1938
Heroes of the Marne as
Col. von Gelow
1935
Letzte Liebe as
Thomas Bruck
1933
A Certain Mr. Gran as
Tschernikoff, Kunsthändler
1932
Zum goldenen Anker as
Piquoiseau
1931
Cadets as
General von Seddin
1931
Voruntersuchung as
Dr. Konrad Bienert, Landgerichtsrat
1931
A Woman Branded as
Dr.Ringius, Verteidiger
1931
1914, die letzten Tage vor dem Weltbrand as
Count Hollweg
1930
The Dreyfus Case as
Col. Picquart
1929
Alraune as
Privy Councillor ten Brinken
1929
Napoleon auf St. Helena as
Hudson Lowe - Gouverneur von St. Helena
1929
Fräulein Else as
Dr. Alfred Thalhof
1927
Der Herr Generaldirektor as
Generaldirektor Herbert Heidenberg
1926
Wenn das Herz der Jugend spricht as
Professor Imhof
1925
Briefe, die ihn nicht erreichten as
Konsul Werner Gerling
1924
Helen of Troy as
Aisakos
1923
Abenteuer einer Nacht
1923
Alt Heidelberg
1923
Christoph Columbus as
Columbus
1923
Earth Spirit as
Dr. Schoen
1923
The Man in the Iron Mask
1922
Lucrezia Borgia as
Papst Alexander VI Rodrigo Borgia
1922
The Loves of Pharaoh as
Sothis
1922
Frauenopfer as
Graf
1921
Die kleine Dagmar
1921
Der letzte Zeuge as
Kassierer
1921
Brennendes Land
1921
Die Nächte des Cornelis Brouwer as
Cornelis Brouwer
1921
Der Frauenarzt as
Dr. Wolfgang Holländer
1920
Puppen des Todes as
Graf Robert
1920
Masken
1920
Die Söhne des Grafen Dossy as
Graf / Einbrecher Sohn
1920
Die Stimme
1920
Die Duplizität der Ereignisse as
Nervenarzt Swedt-Swarden
1919
Eine schwache Stunde
1919
Das Werk seines Lebens as
Peter
1918
Lorenzo Burghardt
1918
Dr. Schotte
1918
Die Brüder von Zaarden
1918
Vater und Sohn
1917
Herr und Diener as
Doppelrolle
1917
Der eiserne Wille as
Hausierer David
1917
Du sollst keine anderen Götter haben as
Hans Ruff
1914
Urteil des Arztes as
Dr. Erwin Hofmüller
1913
Der letzte Tag as
Professor Osterode
1913
Der König as
Provinzschauspieler
1913
Der Andere as
Dr. Hallers
Writer
1913
Der König (writer)
Self
1949
Die Stimme Österreichs (Short) as
Self
Archive Footage
1958
Das kommt nicht wieder (Documentary) as
Self

References

Albert Bassermann Wikipedia


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