Sander, Otto

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Sander, Otto Gender: M
born on 30 June 1941 at 20:08 (= 8:08 PM )
Place Hannover, Germany, 52n24, 9e44
Timezone MEDT h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 08°32' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 20°13 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 17°56'

Otto Sander (in 2008 at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival)
photo: Siebbi, license cc-by-3.0


German film, theatre, and voice actor, whose best-known film roles include the angel Cassiel in "Wings of Desire" (1987) and its sequel "Faraway, So Close!" (1993) by Wim Wenders, and a shell-shocked U-boat commander, Kapitänleutnant Philipp Thomsen, in Wolfgang Petersen's "Das Boot" (1981). Sander also appeared in "The Tin Drum" (1979) as a trumpeter.

Because of his warm, strong voice, which earned him the sobriquet "The Voice" (the English term is used), he has been used frequently as a narrator for television documentaries, and numerous talking books in the 1990s.

He was married to the actress Monika Hansen and is stepfather to the actors Ben Becker and Meret Becker. He has two brothers, the lawyer Adolf Sander, the scientist Chris Sander, and a sister, the book dealer Marianne Sander.

Otto Sander died, aged 72, in Berlin on 12 September 2013, having battled cancer for several years.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Becker, Ben (born 19 December 1964). Notes: Stepson/ stepfather


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Otto Sander: ein Hauch von Anarchie darf schon dabei sein" by Klaus Dermutz and Karin Messlinger (Henschel, 2002), p. 11: "Der ersehnte Stammhalter erblickte am Montag, den 30. Juni 1941, um 20 Uhr 08 in der Landesfrauenklinik Hannover das Licht der Welt."

Translation: The longed-for son and heir was born on Monday, 30 June 1941, first seeing the light at 20:08 in the national women's clinic at Hannover.


  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and theatre actor)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over (Voice actor)