Horst Buchholz

Horst Werner Buchholz (4 December 1933 – 3 March 2003) was a German actor, remembered for The Magnificent Seven, in which he played the role of Chico, and Nine Hours to Rama. He appeared in over sixty films during his acting career from 1952 to 2002. Buchholz was born in Berlin, the son of Maria Hasenkamp. He never knew his biological father but took the surname of his stepfather Hugo Buchholz, a shoemaker, whom his mother married in 1938. In 1941, his half-sister, Heidi, was born. She gave him the nickname "Hotte" which he retained for the rest of his life. During World War II he was evacuated to Silesia and at the end of the war found himself in a foster home in Czechoslovakia. He returned to Berlin as soon as he could. He barely finished his schooling before seeking theatre work, first appearing on stage in 1949. He soon left his childhood home in East Berlin to work in West Berlin. He established himself in the theatre, notably the Schiller Theatre, and also on radio. He expanded into film after dubbing work, accepting small and uncredited parts from 1952. He had a marginally larger role in Marianne de Ma Jeunesse (1954) directed by Julien Duvivier.


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