In For Eyes Only © DEFA-Stiftung
Alfred Müller was born on July 4, 1926 in Berlin. Prior to the outbreak of WWII, he completed an apprenticeship as a mechanic. Before joining the Academy for Performing Arts in Berlin-Schöneweide, he also studied music. Müller then worked at the theater in Senftenberg for four years, before joining the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, where he performed on stage until 1982.
In 1960, director Kurt Jung-Alsen discovered Alfred Müller for his film adaptation of Franz Fühmann’s Die heute über 40 sind. He starred in more than a dozen Jung-Alsen literary adaptations and thrillers in all. In these movies he proved himself to be a particularly versatile and flexible character actor, who was equally adept at playing serious and comic roles, as either the villain or a regular guy.
But Müller is best known for his leading role as the double agent in János Veiczi’s for eyes only – streng geheim. As a result of this role he was given the nickname “the James Bond of the East.” Müller also appeared in Veiczi’s Die gefrorenen Blitze and Anflug Alpha 1. His work in film was not unaffected by East German censorship: he played the opportunistic judge in Kurt Maetzig’s socially critical film, Das Kaninchen bin ich, which was banned in 1965 and not released until 1990.
In addition to his work on stage and screen, Müller also played in over 100 television series and films, including in Frank Beyer’s Nikolaikirche and episodes of the crime series Polizeiruf 110 and Tatort. He also often appeared in literary, musical and cabaret programs, as well as making guest appearances in revues and musicals. Alfred Müller died on December 2, 2010 in Berlin.
Festivals & Awards:
|1969||National Prize Category III for Mohr und die Raben von London|
|2004||Das Bernsteinamulett (The Amber Amulet, TV)|
|1995||Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church, TV)|
|1992||Sherlock Holmes und die sieben Zwerge (Sherlock Holmes and the Seven Dwarfs, TV series)|
|1989||Die gläserne Fackel (The Glass Torch, TV mini-series)|
|1983||Erscheinen Pflicht (Your Presence is Imperative)|
|1979||Chiffriert an Chef – Ausfall Nr. 5 (Coded Message for the Boss)|
|1977||Das Versteck (The Hiding Place)|
|1975||Die Moral der Banditen (The Moral of Bandites, narrator)|
|1971||Anflug Alpha 1 (Approaching Alpha 1)|
|1970||KLK an PTX: Die Rote Kapelle (KLK to PTX: The Red Orchestra)|
|1970||Meine Stunde Null (My Zero Hour)|
|1970||Aus unserer Zeit: Der Computer sagt: nein (Our Time: The Computer Says No)|
|1970||Mein lieber Robinson (My Dear Robinson)|
|1970||Signale – Ein Weltraumabenteuer (Signals: A Space Adventure)|
|1968||Das siebente Jahr (The Seventh Year)|
|1968||Mohr und die Raben von London (Moor and the Ravens of London)|
|1967||Leben zu zweit (Life Together)|
|1967||Die gefrorenen Blitze (Frozen Lightning)|
|1965||Die Fahne von Kriwoj Rog (The Banner of Kriwoj Rog)|
|1965||Solange Leben in mir ist (As Long as There Is Life in Me)|
|1965/90||Das Kaninchen bin ich (The Rabbit Is Me)|
|1963||Der Schwur des Soldaten Pooley (Soldier Pooley’s Oath, TV)|
|1963||for eyes only – streng geheim (For Eyes Only — Top Secret)|
|1960||Die heute über 40 sind (Those Who Are Older than 40)|