André Saint-Germain - André Saint-Germain

André Saint-Germain , bourgeois André Charles Eugène Obrecht (born May 3, 1887 in Paris , † January 6, 1973 in Berlin-Neukölln ) was an actor of French descent on German theaters and in German film.


The son of the hotel owner Charles Obrecht attended a French high school and then studied at the Sorbonne . He then made his living as a bank clerk and newspaper editor. After the First World War , Obrecht began his artistic career under the pseudonym André Saint-Germain as an actor on Berlin theaters and played in the Weimar Republic under Max Reinhardt and Victor Barnowsky, among others .

With the beginning of the sound film age, Saint-Germain was brought in front of the camera and took on a small role as a French soldier in his debut, GW Pabst's pacifist masterpiece Western Front 1918 . The World War II participant Pabst also advised on the “French” soldiers and military scenes. In the following years, Saint-Germain was preferably cast in French-language versions of German films, in the Third Reich also often in nationalist-patriotic material, in which he mostly had to play a French soldier and opponent of Prussia or Germany in small roles.

After the Second World War , the German by choice hardly appeared in front of the camera and concentrated more and more on the work of a dubbing director (Mars film, Simoton, etc.) - an activity that he had already carried out before 1945. Saint-Germain lived in the west of Berlin, first in Tempelhof , and finally in Neukölln, where he died in 1973 at the age of 85.



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