Saturday, February 12, 2011

RIP Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander is dead

The Austrian actor, singer and entertainer Peter Alexander is dead confirmed his spokeswoman Erika Swatosch in the early hours of Sunday, the Austrian news agency APA.

Alexander was for more than 30 years on of the most popular entertainers in Germany. He appeared in 50 movies and 40 TV shows and recorded over 120 recordings.

According to the spokeswoman, who "on behalf of the family", commented Alexander died on Saturday February 12th. Information on the cause of death was not made in the statement, APA reported that, "The funeral will take place in the closest family circle," it said.

Alexander was born in Vienna in 1926 under the name of Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer son of a banker. An ongoing study of medicine he traded after one year of a British prisoner of war against an acting training at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, which he graduated in 1948.

He taught himself how to sing and play the piano. Even during his training, he intended more for Peter Alexander, to become a professional comedian.

His first song "Das machen nur die Beine von Dolores" in 1952 was a great success. In the same year he began a career as a film actor. Among his most successful films include, for example, "Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager” in 1955, "Charley's Tante" in 1963 and "Im Weissen Rössl" in 1969.

On Austrian television in 1952 Alexander was at first seen as a quiz master on German television, he was one of TV’s the most popular entertainers. On ZDF in 1969, he had his own show "Peter Alexander Show”.

With Soccer’s 1986 World Cup in Mexico Peter sang the German national team with the title "Mexico mi amor." Until his resignation from the stage in the early 1990s he continued on with his "Peter Alexander Show" - a mixture of music, skits and guests - for joy.

For his decades of achievements in showbiz, he received a Bambi including six times and four times the Golden Camera.

In recent years he has been quiet, "Peter the Great," as his fans call him affectionately. From the mid-1990s, the entertainer moved increasingly into private life and spent most of his time at his country home at the Wörthersee.

Especially after the death of his wife he had withdrawn more and more of the public. In 2009 he also lost his daughter, Susan Neumayer, in a car accident in Thailand.


ALEXANDER, Peter (Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer)
Born: 6/30/1926, Vienna, Austria
Died: 2/12/2011, Vienna, Austria

Peter Alexander's western - actor:
County Bobby, the Terror of the Wild West - 1965 (Count Bobby Pinelski)

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