Bernhard Wicki: Austrian actor and film director (1919 - 2000)
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Bernhard Wicki
Austrian actor and film director

Bernhard Wicki

Bernhard Wicki
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Intro Austrian actor and film director
Was Actor Film director Voice actor Screenwriter
From Austria
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 28 October 1919, St. Pölten
Death 5 January 2000, Munich (aged 80 years)
Star sign Scorpio
Spouse: Elisabeth Wicki-EndrissAgnes Fink
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Bernhard Wicki (28 October 1919 – 3 January 2000) was an Austrian actor and film director.

Life and career

Wicki studied in the city of Breslau such topics as Art History, History and German Literature. In 1938, he transferred to the drama school of the Staatliches Schauspielhaus in Berlin. In 1939, because of his membership in the Bündischen Jugend he was imprisoned for many months in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. After his release he moved to Vienna, and then in 1944 to Switzerland.

After the end of World War II, he starred in many films, like Die letzte Brücke (1953) and Es geschah am 20. Juli (1955). He was also a photographer. His first attempt at directing came three years later with the documentary Warum sind sie gegen uns? (1958). He became internationally famous with his anti-war film of 1959 called Die Brücke, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1961, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival for his film The Miracle of Father Malachia. His break in Hollywood came shortly thereafter when he was chosen to direct Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner in the highly acclaimed World War II espionage thriller, Morituri in 1965.

After his death, a fund was started in 2001 and named after him in Munich, the Bernhard Wicki Memorial Fund. Since 2002, it has awarded a film prize, The Bridge, considered a peace prize. A further prize was endowed in 2006 with 15,000 euros, a prize given in the city of Emden since 2000. He was a patron of the International Film Festival in Emden-Norderney which first started in 1990.

He first married Agnes Fink, a fellow acting colleague, and later married Elisabeth Endriss, also a colleague. In the documentary Verstörung - und eine Art von Poesie (June, 2007), Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss portrayed the life and work for Wicki.

He is buried at the Nymphenburger cemetery in Munich (grave number 4-1-23).

Selected filmography


  • Warum sind sie gegen uns? (1958)
  • Die Brücke (1959)
  • The Miracle of Father Malachia (1961)
  • The Longest Day (with Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton) (1962)
  • The Visit (1964)
  • Morituri (1965)
  • Das falsche Gewicht (1971)
  • Karpfs Karriere (1971)
  • The Conquest of the Citadel (1977)
  • Die Grünstein-Variante (de) (1984)
  • Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund (1987)
  • Spider's Web (1989)


  • The Last Bridge (1953)
  • Die Mücke (1954)
  • The Eternal Waltz (1954)
  • A Double Life (1954)
  • Jackboot Mutiny (1955)
  • Children, Mother, and the General (1955)
  • Rosen im Herbst (de) (1955)
  • Weil du arm bist, mußt du früher sterben (1956)
  • The Zurich Engagement (1957)
  • Flucht in die Tropennacht (1957)
  • Queen Louise (1957)
  • The Cat (1958)
  • Madeleine und der Legionär (de) (1958)
  • La Notte (1961)
  • Eleven Years and One Day (1963)
  • Portuguese Vacation (1963)
  • Deine Zärtlichkeiten (de) (1969)
  • Carlos (1971)
  • Crime and Passion (1976)
  • Derrick - Season 4, Episode 3: "Eine Nacht im Oktober" (1977)
  • The Glass Cell (1978)
  • The Left-Handed Woman (1978)
  • Despair (1978)
  • Death Watch (1980)
  • Derrick - Season 7, Episode 9: "Zeuge Yuroski" (1980)
  • Domino (1981)
  • The Mysterious Stranger (1982)
  • A Love in Germany (1983)
  • Frühlingssinfonie (de) (1983)
  • Paris, Texas (1984)
  • Dangerous Moves (1984)
  • Eine Art von Zorn (TV movie) (1984)
  • Killing Cars (de) (1986)
  • Success (1991)

Decorations and awards

  • 1958: Film Award in Silver (documentary) for Warum sind sie gegen uns? (Why they are against us?)
  • 1960: The Golden Bowl, Film Award (Director), German Film Critics Award, German Youth Film Award, Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination (Best Foreign Film) for Die Brücke (The Bridge)
  • 1960: United Nations award for contribution to peace
  • 1961: Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (Best Director) for The Miracle of Father Malachia
  • 1962: Bambi
  • 1963: Academy Award nomination for The Longest Day
  • 1972: Golden Camera (Director) and Film Award (Director) for Das falsche Gewicht (The wrong weight)
  • 1976: Film Award for many years of excellent work in the German film industry
  • 1977: Film Award in Silver for The Conquest of the Citadel
  • 1979: St. Jakob Prandtauer Prize for Science and Art of the city of St Pölten
  • 1982: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1985: Film Award (Director) for Die Grünstein-Variante (The greenstone variant)
  • 1986: Helmut Käutner Award
  • 1986: Critics Award for Die Grünstein-Variante
  • 1988: Adolf Grimme Award for Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund (Zanzibar or The last Reason)
  • 1989: Film Award (Special Film Award 40 years Federal Republic of Germany) for Die Brücke
  • 1989: Bavarian Film Award
  • 1989: Honorary Award of the Abendzeitung (Evening Paper)
  • 1989: Academy Award nomination (Best Foreign Film) and Film Award (Director) for The Spider's Web
  • 1990: Berlin International Film Festival: Berlinale Camera
  • 1990: Schwabing Art Prize (prize)
  • 1992: Universum Film AG prize
  • 1992: Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 1998: DIVA Award
  • 1999: Medal "Munich shines" in gold
  • 2000: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class

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