Forsch, Robert


Robert Forsch was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on November 21, 1870. In 1894, he started his theater career working as actor, director and dramaturg at theaters in Leipzig, Berlin and Cologne. Throughout his career, he continued to play smaller roles on stage, including at the Deutsches Theater and Renaissance Theater in Berlin. Forsch was on the executive board of the Kleines Theater in Berlin with actor and film director Lupu Pick and actor and theater director Paul Bildt. In 1921, he co-founded the Schloßpartktheater in the Steglitz district of Berlin.


Forsch, almost 50 years old, first appeared on camera in the silent film Die Nacht des Grauens. During his film career, he mainly played supporting roles in over thirty films and shared the screen with popular actors, including Eduard von Winterstein, Hildegard Knef, Magda Steiner, Willy Birgel and Paul Wegener.


In 1928, director Gerhard Lamprecht cast him as Hofrath Collenbach in Der alte Fritz, a biographical story about Kaiser Friedrich II. This production was the beginning of a long working relationship with the director. Forsch played a pharmacist in Der höhere Befehl, a guest at the Marquis d’Andervilliers’s ball in Lamprecht’s film adaption of Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary and a city councilman in Die Brüder Noltenius. 


Forsch also worked with leading film directors during the Nazi years, including Hans Deppe, Robert A. Stemmle and Helmut Käutner. In 1936, Forsch performed in Douglas Sirk’s Schlußakkord about a young, impoverished German woman who gives her infant up for adoption and emigrates to America to live with her husband.

His name is also credited in Wolfgang Liebeneiner’s biographical film Bismarck and Veit Harlan’s Die goldene Stadt, which competed in the Best Foreign Film program at the 1942 Venice Film Festival.


After WWII, Forsch played alongside Hildegard Knef in Wolfgang Staudte’s Die Mörder sind unter uns. There he gave his most memorable film performance as the sympathetic optician Mondschein, an old man who has survived the war and is waiting for his son to return home.


Robert Forsch died in Berlin on September 8, 1948.



1948 Unser Mittwochabend (Our Wednesday Evening)
1946 Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers Are Among Us)
1945 Die Brüder Noltenius  (The Noltenius Brothers)
1945 Der Puppenspieler (The Puppeteer)
1943 Du gehörst zu mir (You Are Mine)
1942 Wir machen Musik (We Make Music)
1942 Die goldene Stadt (The Golden City)
1940 Bismarck
1940 Mädchen im Vorzimmer (The Private Secretary)
1938 Am seidenen Faden (Missing Pieces)
1938 Kleiner Mann – ganz gross! (Little Man on Top)
1938 Urlaub auf Ehrenwort (Furlough on Parole)
1937 Madame Bovary
1936 Schlußakkord (Final Accord)
1935 Lady Wintermeres Fächer (Lady Wintermere’s Fan)
1935 Der höhere Befehl (The Higher Command)
1928 Der alte Fritz (Old Fritz)
1921 Ich und Du (You and I)
1919 Die Nacht des Grauens (The Night of Horror)


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