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Overview (3)

Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died in Vienna, Austria
Birth NameHermann Friedrich August Thimig

Mini Bio (1)

Hermann Thimig was born on October 3, 1890 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Hermann Friedrich August Thimig. He was an actor, known for The Wildcat (1921), Little Man What Now (1933) and L'opéra de quat'sous (1931). He was married to Vilma Degischer and Hanna Wisser. He died on July 7, 1982 in Vienna, Austria.

Spouse (2)

Vilma Degischer (1939 - 7 July 1982) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Hanna Wisser (1919 - 1929) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (20)

Son of actor and director and manager of the Burgtheater in Vienna Hugo Thimig, brother of actress Helene Thimig and actor Hans Thimig.
Acted in silent films, frequently opposite actresses Henny Porten and Ossi Oswalda. With the advent of sound, he tended to appear in musical comedy and operettas, various times in tandem with star Renate Mueller.
Member of the Vienna Burgtheater ensemble, 1934-68.
On stage from 1910 at the Hoftheater Meiningen.
After military service as a one-year volunteer in Vienna he made his debut in December 1910 at the Meiningen Court Theatre and remained there until his contract was disrupted in 1914 by the outbreak of the First World War.
From the middle of the 30's he remembered the theater and his film appearances became rarer.
His second wife, Vilma Degischer, was buried with him ten years later.
Thimig had three children. His first, a daughter, from his marriage to actress Hanna (Guy) Thimig. From his second marriage to actress Vilma Degischer (1911-1992) he also had two daughters.
Hermann Thimig made his film debut in 1916 with "Die Gräfin Heyers". He soon was assigned to reserved characters which were either shy, loveable or dreamy.
Besides his film career he was always connected with the theater too and he had his greatest success with the part of Truffaldino in the play "Diener zweier Herren".
In the final stages of World War II Adolf Hitler himself declared in the Gottbegnadeten list of the most important artists, that Thimig was a national treasure making him, even on the home front, freed from the war effort.
With the rise of the sound film era he turned his back on the theater and dedicated his attention completely to the film.
In 1965 he was made an honorary member of the Burgtheater and 1969 he received the Film Award for many years of excellent work in the German film.
Hermann Thimig got his first theater engagement in 1910 which was interrupted by World War I. In this war he was declared as unfit in 1915 because of a serious Forunkuloe and Hermann Thimig went to the theater in Berlin where he soon was successful again.
In 1918 he directed for the first time at the Theatre of the West in Berlin.
In 1981 he was awarded the Honorary Ring of the City of Vienna.
He mostly played older gentlemen during the 40's and 50's.
While on duty he used his home leave to the Royal Theater in Berlin to make guest appearances and played first at the Volksbühne. A change to the Max Reinhardt's ensemble at the Deutsches Theater was the breakthrough for Thimig 1916.
After the "Anschluss" of Austria, he was a 1938 State Actors nominee.
During his early days in elementary school and high school in Vienna, and in various land reform schools, Thimig performed with amateur theater groups and private performances.

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