Fritsch, Willy

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Fritsch, Willy Gender: M
Wilhelm Egon Fritz Fritsch
born on 27 January 1901 at 06:45 (= 06:45 AM )
Place Katowice, Poland, 50n16, 19e0
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 06°38' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°24 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 20°29'

Willy Fritsch (Photo by Alexander Binder, about 1927)


German theatre and film actor, a popular leading man and character actor from the silent-film era to the early 1960s.

He made his feature film debut as a supporting player in 1921's Miß Venus. In 1925, Fritsch gained international attention by playing the leading character in A Waltz Dream directed by Ludwig Berger. Afterwards he was offered a United Artists contract but refused to move to the United States due to his lack of English language knowledge. At the end of the 1920s, Fritsch was also starring in two action films directed by Fritz Lang, Spies and Woman in the Moon where he played serious characters. However, his breakthrough came as a juvenile lover after being paired with Käthe von Nagy (i.e. in Billy Wilder's script debut Her Grace Commands, 1931) or Lilian Harvey, when they appeared regularly together in UFA movies like The Three from the Filling Station (1930) or Congress Dances by Erik Charell (1931), released almost every year thereafter until Harvey's emigration in 1939. He mainly starred in the German versions and was often replaced by Henri Garat until his movies were dubbed during the mid-1930s.

He continued to appear in movies like Film Without A Name together with Hildegard Knef or Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht (When the White Lilacs Bloom Again) side by side with a young Romy Schneider. In 1958, Fritsch starred in the German version of Mit Eva fing die Sünde an, which was later adapted and filled with additional scenes by Francis Ford Coppola for his debut release as The Bellboy And The Playgirls (1962). Fritsch's final film was 1964's I Learned It from Father (Das hab' ich von Papa gelernt) directed by Axel von Ambesser, in which he performed together with his son Thomas.

Fritsch was married to artistic dancer Dinah Grace in 1937 and became a father of two sons. The younger one, Thomas Fritsch, is a successful actor as well. Fritsch died of a heart attack on 13 July 1973, aged 72.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from the biography, Ein Feuerwerk an Charme - Willy Fritsch: Der Ufa-Schauspieler. Über eine große Filmkarriere in wechselhaften Zeiten by Heike Goldbach (tredition, 2017): "Sonntag, 27. Januar 1901 in Kattowitz, Regierungsbezirk Oppeln, Oberschlesien. Tief im Schneeregen hat die Stadt sich herausgeputzt an diesem Tag. Fahnen und Girlanden schmücken das Stadtbild, denn alles ist vorbereitet, wenn später am Vormittag Paraden durch die Straßen ziehen. Von Ferne sind Salutschüsse zu hören. Fünfhundert Kilometer südöstlich der Hauptstadt Berlin begeht man wie überall im Deutschen Reich alljährlich den Geburtstag des Kaisers, Wilhelm II, als nationalen Feiertag. Es ist viertel vor sieben Uhr morgens. Die meisten der dreißigtausend Einwohner liegen zu dieser frühen Stunde noch im Schlaf, als die junge Anni Fritsch ihr erstes Kind bekommt. Ein Sonntagskind, das – wie die Geschichte zeigen wird – ein Einzelkind bleibt und als Sohn den Namen Wilhelm Egon Fritz erhält."

Translation: Sunday, 27 January 1901 in Katowice, district of Opole, Upper Silesia. Deep in the sleet, the city has spruced up that day. Flags and garlands adorn the cityscape, so that everything is prepared for the parades through the streets later in the morning. Salute shots can be heard from afar. Five hundred kilometres southeast of the capital Berlin, as every year in the German Reich, every year commemorates the birthday of the Emperor, Wilhelm II, as a national holiday. It's a quarter to seven in the morning. Most of the thirty thousand inhabitants are still asleep at this early hour when young Anni Fritsch gets her first child. A Sunday child who - as the story will show - remains an only child and as a son receives the name Wilhelm Egon Fritz.

Previously this entry had 8:45pm: Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file: source unknown.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Heart attack)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Theatre and film actor)