Axel Eugen Alexander von Oesterreich was born in Hamburg on June 22nd 1910. Following the advise of his father, a merchant originally hailing from St. Petersburg, he changed his name to “Axel von Ambesser”. Although, not classically trained as an actor, the theatre-crazy Ambesser was given parts at the Hamburger Kammerspiele. This was followed by engagements in Augsburg and Munich, where he was often cast as the young hero, charming suitor and comic relief. In 1936, her performed at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, and until 1945, he appeared at the Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna and the Berliner Staatstheater.
In 1935, a small role in Carl Boese’s “Der Gefangene des Königs” marked Axel von Ambesser’s screen debut. Although still focusing on his work in the theatre, he regularly appeared in films, for instance in Erich Engel’s romantic comedy “Ein hoffnungsloser Fall” (1939), alongside Zarah Leander in Carl Froelich’s “Das Herz der Königin” (1940) or as a Regular Joe harrased… read more