BERLIN — German actor Frank Giering, who toplined Michael Haneke’s original “Funny Games,” was found dead in his Berlin apartment June 23. He was 38.
Giering, one of host of talented young actors to come to prominence in Germany’s post-Reunification years, appeared in countless films and TV movies and series, including Haneke’s 1997 thriller, in which he played one of the sadistic young killers. He also starred in Sebastian Schipper’s acclaimed 1999 film debut “Gigantics” and played the notorious Andreas Baader in “Baader,” Christopher Roth’s fictionalized account of the West German terrorist.
Since 2006 he had starred in pubcaster ZDF’s hit crime drama “Der Kriminalist” alongside Christian Berkel (Valkyrie).
Born in the East German city of Magdeburg, Giering studied acting in Bochum and Potsdam and worked on stage in Cottbus before breaking into TV and film.
In a statement released June 24, Munich-based Odeon Film, producer of “Der Kriminalist,” said Giering died unexpectedly on June 23 night and the circumstances surrounding his death remain unexplained.
“We are deeply moved by the much too early death of this young, talented actor. With Frank Giering we have lost a very treasured colleague who has in the past four years accompanied and enriched us.”
German media said police are investigating the death of the actor, who had publicly discussed his alcoholism.