The Austrian died at the age of 93. In Germany, he was notably the host of the ZDF program “Do you recognize the melody?” known.


Austrian actor, cabaret artist and quiz master Ernst Stankovski died on Wednesday at the age of 93 in Klosterneuburg near Vienna.

His son, composer Alexander Stankovski, confirmed the death to the German press agency, which the newspaper “Kurier” had previously reported on. Ernst Stankovski became known to German television viewers from 1969 to 1977 as moderator of the ZDF advice program “Do you recognize the melody?” known.

Training at the Max Reinhardt Seminary

“I didn’t really like doing it,” he told the German Press Agency in 2008. He preferred to be remembered as a serious actor. After completing an apprenticeship as a hairdresser, Stankovski trained at the famous Max Reinhardt seminary in his hometown of Vienna. In the 1950s and 1960s he was engaged in important German-speaking theaters, including the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, the Residenztheater and the Kammerspiele in Munich, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and the Theater am Kurfürstendamm.

Stankovsky was also a busy film and television actor. Among the more than 250 productions were numerous television plays and film adaptations of operettas, as well as appearances in series such as “Traumschiff”, “Tatort” or “Der Bulle von Tölz”.

Known for his sense of humor

As a cabaret artist, Stankovsky was known for his fine sense of humor on the Austrian and German stages. At 79, he released his latest program entitled “We can’t even die in Vienna”. He was an actor until he had heart surgery about 10 years ago.

Stankovsky’s first marriage was to actress Ida Krottendorf. In 1961, he married dancer and actress Anna Luise Schubert. (dpa)