Sodann, Peter


Peter Sodann was born in Meißen in 1936. In 1959, he began studying acting at the Theater Academy in Leipzig. Sodann became the head of the student cabaret Rat der Spötter (Council of the Mockers). He was arrested for using subversive texts in 1961 and expelled from the Academy. He re-enrolled in 1963 and celebrated his debut at the Berliner Ensemble a year later.


Sodann also worked as a director at the theater in Magdeburg and was the manager of the neues theater in Halle from 1980 to 2005. Since the end of the 1970s, he has acted in both film and television productions. He became well-known as Commissar Ehrlicher in the Tatort TV series, in which he investigated 45 cases from 1991 to 2007. He is the host of two collections of satirical texts about the current German situation, which were brought out by Eulenspiegel in 2009 and 2011. Sodann was the Linke Partei's candidate in the 2009 presidential elections.


Peter Sodann died on April 5, 2024.


Bibliography & More:

Sodann, Peter. Keine halben Sachen. Berlin: Ullstein. 2008.




2018 Gundermann
2015 Vom Lieben und Sterben (About Love and Death, TV)
2012 Der Turm (The Tower, TV)
2012 Die Männer der Emden (The Crew of the Emden)
2008 Schloss Einstein (Castle Einstein, TV series)
2005-2007 (TV series)
1991-2007 Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)
2006 Die Frau des Heimkehrers
2003 Tage des Sturms (Days of the Storm, TV)
2001 Herzstolpern (Heart Murmur, TV)
2000 Deutschlandspiel (The German Gambit, TV)
1995 Nikolaikirche (Nicholai Church, TV)
1992 Jana und Jan (Jana and Jan)

Farßmann oder zu Fuß in die Sackgasse

(Farssmann, or On Foot Down a Dead End)

1990 Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)
1989 Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love)
1989 Zwei schräge Vögel (Two Strange Characters)
1987 Der Froschkönig (The Frog Prince)
1987 Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund (Zanzibar, or The Last Reason, TV)
1985 Jan auf der Zille (Jan on the Barge)
1984 Eine sonderbare Liebe (A Strange Love)
1984 Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns (Gritta of Rat's Castle)
1983 Erscheinen Pflicht (Your Presence is Imperative)

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