Coming Out © DEFA-Stiftung
Werner Dissel was born on August 26, 1912 in Cologne. As a young man, he was a photojournalist. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, he became part of the anti-Nazi resistance, first working alongside Franz Jung and Harro Schulze-Boysen on a paper called Der Gegner, and as of 1935 alongside Walter Küchenmeister on the paper Wille zum Riech. He was arrested and imprisoned from 1937 to 1939, after which he was put on "front probation"—i.e., sent to the front with the Wehrmacht.
After WWII, Dissel joined the KPD (German Communist Party) and worked as a cabaret artist and set builder at the theater in Wiesbaden. He moved to East Germany in 1950 and became an actor and director. From 1960 to 1979, he appeared on stage in productions of the Berliner Ensemble.
Dissel appeared in many East German films starting in the 1950s. including Der Fall Gleiwitz, Rotkäppchen, Till Eulenspiegel, Der Traum vom Elch and Die Architekten. His cameo as Walter, an old man who tells the story of being imprisoned by the Nazis for his homosexuality, is a high point in Heiner Carow's Coming Out.
After German unification in 1990, Dissel appeared in television series including Polizeiruf 100 and Für alle Fälle Stefanie. In 1993, he took on the leading part in the series Immenhof after the death of his colleague Wolfried Lier.
Werner Dissel died near Potsdam in 2003.
|2000||Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)|
|1991||Polizieruf 110 (TV series)|
|1991||Die Spur des Bernsteinzimmers (The Mystery of the Amber Room)|
|1991||Begräbnis einer Gräfin (Funeral of a Countess, TV)|
|1990||Die Architekten (The Architects)|
|1988||Nachts schlafen die Ratten (The Rats Sleep at Night)|
|1986||Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn... (Stielke, Heinz, Fifteen)|
|1986||Der Traum vom Elch (The Dream of the Elk)|
|1984||Hälfte des Lebens (Half of Life)|
|1983||Kaskade rückwärts (Bailing Out)|
|1980||Levins Mühle (Levin's Mill)|
|1976||Beethoven - Tage aus einem Leben (Beethoven - Days of a Life)|
|1970||Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Everyone Dies Alone)|
|1965||Solange Leben in mir ist (As Long as There Is Life in Me)|
|1965||Denk bloß nicht, ich heule (Just Don't Think I'll Cry)|
|1963||Nackt unter Wölfen (Naked Among Wolves)|
|1962||Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood)|
|1961||Der Fall Gleiwitz (The Gleiwitz Case)|
|1959||Verwirrung der Liebe (Love's Confusion)|
|1958||Die Elenden (Les Misérables)|
|1956||Der Hauptmann von Köln (The Captain from Cologne)|
|1954||Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse (Ernst Thälmann: Son of the Working Class)|