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Horst Tappert Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Elberfeld [now Wuppertal], Germany
Died in Munich, Bavaria, Germany  (diabetes)
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born on 26 May 1923 in Wuppertal, he served with the Nazi German Waffen-SS in World War II. After attending acting lessons at the theater in Stendal, where he also made his stage debut, he performed on several important stages in Germany, but became widely popular as cinema and television actor in the late 1950s and 1960s, probably best known as gentleman gangster in The Great British Train Robbery (1966). Nevertheless, the role of his role was the character of "Stephan Derrick", a Munich Chief Inspector, who became a cult figure all over the world. He played the role from 1974 to 1998 and received several awards such as the Golden Camera, Bambi and the Italian Telegatto.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: fippi2000

Spouse (1)

Ursula Pistor (1957 - 13 December 2008) ( his death)

Trivia (8)

In December 2001, one of Tappert's sons, Gary, died of organ failure after having gone into a coma. He was 52, and an architect.
Only German actor, who has fan clubs in Europe as well as overseas. Even Pope John Paul II liked to watch him on Derrick (1974).
Received Germany's Cross of Merit in 1988.
Enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Lived in Gräfelfing near Munich with his third wife Ursula and is the father of three children from two prior marriages: Karin, Ralph and Gary (died 2001).
He was already 51 when the Derrick series started, and he outlived the series, unlike a few much younger people who appeared on the series during the 24 years.
His daughter Karin died in 2010 of cancer.
In April 2013 information emerged that actor Horst Tappert served as a member of the notorious Waffen-SS during World War II and hid the fact for years. Re-runs of "Derrick" were suspended in Germany and some other countries as a result. He never personally disclosed his connection with the SS.

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