The actor died Thursday at the age of 80. He also worked as a theater manager for a time.


Actor Dieter Mann died on Thursday at the age of 80, his wife confirmed to the German Press Agency in Berlin.

Mann was director of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin for several years. For decades he was on the theatrical stages, he also acted in films such as the war drama “Der Untergang”.

The Bundesverband Schauspiel honored him for his life’s work in 2020. “His love of precision and thoughtfulness”, it was said at the time, made him a crowd favourite. His sensitive, serious, precise, calm and analytical acting has been praised – in theater as well as in film, television and radio.

Mann was born on June 20, 1941 in Berlin. In the early 1960s, he studied at the Ernst Busch State Academy for Dramatic Arts in the eastern part of the city. While still a student, he was engaged at the Deutsches Theater.

From 1984 to 1991, he finally ran the theater as artistic director. He brought home directors like Frank Castorf and Heiner Müller. He later focused on acting again, remaining a member of the Deutsches Theater ensemble until 2006. An acclaimed lecturer, Mann has also recorded numerous audiobooks. (dpa)