Rühmann was born in Essen, Westphalia. His role in the 1930 movie Die Drei von der Tankstelle (Those Three from the Gas Station) led him to film stardom. He remained highly popular as a comedic actor (and sometimes singer) throughout the 1930s and early 1940s. He remained in Germany and continued to work during the Nazi period, as did his friend and colleague Hans Albers. In 1944, he starred in a nostalgic comedy of mistaken identities, Die Feuerzangenbowle, which must now be called the most popular film of his career, especially as a cult movie for students at university. Rühmann had a difficult time resuming his career after the war, but by the mid-1950s the former comedian had established himself again as a star, only this time as Germany’s leading character actor.
In 1956, Rühmann starred in the title role of the internationally acclaimed picture Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain of Köpenick), the true story of a Prussian cobbler, Wilhelm… read more