Günther Kaufmann

Actor, Singer
A very handsome, strapping German character player, Kaufmann fell into film work because of the prolific and gifted neophyte film and theater director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Born to a Bavarian mother and an ... Read more »
Born: 06/16/1947 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (22)

Kleine Morde 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jerry Cotton 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Killing Is My Business, Honey 2009 (Movie)

Salvatore Marino (Actor)

Wickie und die starken Männer 2009 (Movie)

Der schreckliche Sven (Actor)

Leroy 2007 (Movie)

Leroy's father (Actor)

Die Dritte Generation 1989 (Movie)

Franz Walsch (Actor)

Gods of the Plague 1989 (Movie)

Gunther (Actor)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

J Smolik--Chauffeur (Actor)

Lola 1989 (Movie)

GI (Actor)

The Marriage of Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

American on Train (Actor)

Veronika Voss 1989 (Movie)

GI Dealer (Actor)

Otto - Der Film 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

Nono (Actor)

Kamikaze '89 1981 (Movie)

Anton (Actor)

Krieg und Frieden 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979 (Movie)

Theo (Actor)

Ludwig - Requiem Fur einen jungfraulichen Konig 1971 (Movie)

Count Holnsein (Actor)

Das Kaffeehaus 1969 (Movie)

Leander (Actor)

Die Niklashauser Fahrt 1969 (Movie)

Farmer's Leader (Actor)

Pioniere in Ingolstadt 1969 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Rio das Mortes 1969 (Movie)

Gunther (Actor)

Whity 1969 (Movie)

Whity (Actor)

Biography

A very handsome, strapping German character player, Kaufmann fell into film work because of the prolific and gifted neophyte film and theater director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Born to a Bavarian mother and an African-American GI stationed in Germany after WWII, Kaufmann was not a trained actor and entered cinema when Fassbinder fell madly in love with him. Although Kaufmann never knew his father or learned English, he was often cast in roles iconically suggesting "American-ness," combined with a certain exoticism which Fassbinder used as part of his ongoing critique of German and international politics. At other times, Kaufmann's racial heritage was not emphasized at all, and he was simply part of the changing face of a restless postwar Germany.

Relationships

Father
an African-American GI stationed in Germany after WWII

Mother
Bavarian

Child
had two by his wife

Wife
Kaufmann was also married during the time he was involved with Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director

Companion
Kaufman and Fassbinder were lovers for a time in 1970

Milestones

1985

Rare feature acting credit after Fassbinder's death, "Otto--Der Film", co-directed by former Fassbinder cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger

1982

Acted alongside Fassbinder in the police drama, "Kamikaze '89", directed by Wolf Gremm

1982

Last role in a Fassbinder-directed film, "Querelle", which was also Fassbinder's last directorial effort before he died

1978

Returned to film acting with a role in Fassbinder's "The Marriage of Maria Braun"

1972

First role in a film not directed by Fassbinder, "Ludwig--Requiem for a Virgin King", directed by Hans-Jurgen Syberberg; also marked Kaufmann's last film for a number of years

1969

Was supposed to play a leading role in Fassbinder's "The American Soldier", but plans fell through when their affair did; Kaufmann did perform a song written by Peer Raben in the film, "So Much Tenderness"

1969

Played a rare leading role (the title role) in Fassbinder's "Whity"

1968

Earliest acting appearances include a role as 'Gunther' in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Gods of the Plague"

Made some recordings of songs written by composer Peer Raben

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