Sad news reached us on Monday from the German film and television world: actor Peter Reusse is dead. The TV and film actor, who became known for his roles in “Polizeiruf 110” and “Kiezgeschichten”, died after a short, serious illness.
The German film and television world mourns Peter Reusse. Of the actor is dead. He died on Saturday (06/11/2022) at the age of 81 after a short, serious illness, as the German Press Agency learned from the family on Monday.
Peter Reusse is dead: “James Dean of the East” has died
Reusse made especially in the GDR in films and on stage careers. Because of the youthfulness of his roles in the 60s and 70s, he was sometimes referred to as the “James Dean of the East”. Reusse came from Teltow. After studying at the Babelsberg Film School, he acted in various theaters in the GDR. In 1970 he became a permanent member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. For example, he played Claudio in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”, Lord Gray in “Richard III.” or Glimkin in Gorky’s “Wrong Coin”.
Peter Reusse, known from “Don’t think, I’m crying”, “Neighborhood Stories” and “Police Call 110”
Reusse took on his first leading role in front of the camera in 1965 in “Don’t think, I’m crying” by Frank Vogel. After trial screenings, the film about the problems of post-war youth in the GDR ended up in the poison cupboard until reunification. It was twelve years before the next leading role in a Defa film. In the 1977 comedy “A crazy scent of fresh hay” he played an LPG farmer and party secretary under Roland Oehme. Reusse was also seen in GDR television productions. On television he played, among other things, in “Police call 110“, “Fiete Stein” (1970) and “Homecoming to a Foreign Land” (1976). His most important works included the mini-family series Kiezgeschichten (1987)
The actor became politically active during the period of reunification and supported the Citizens’ Committee for the Investigation of Stasi Crimes. After the unit he played with Iris Berben, Nadja Tiller and Charles Aznavour.
End of career after collapse
The year 1993 marked a deep turning point. Reusse collapsed in the Deutsches Theater during rehearsals for “The Iceman is Coming”. Memory loss, personal crisis, and the end of his career as an actor followed. A time as a painter and sculptor began for Reusse, he wrote poems, stories (“Here and over there and below”), novels, screenplays and diary entries (“Der Eismann geht”).
“I’m directing myself now,” he once said during a reading. The post-reunification period provided the material for several manuscripts, including the comedy film “Late Answer”.
Peter Reusse leaves behind his wife Sigrid and two children
Since 2007, Peter Reusse has lived with his wife, the actress Sigrid Göhler, in Kohlberg in the municipality of Heidesee in Brandenburg. Reusse leaves behind two children, his daughter Bettina and his son Sebastian, who is also an actor.
The marriage produced a daughter, Bettina Reusse, and a son, Sebastian Reusse, who is also an actor.