Uwe Bohm died unexpectedly on April 8 at the age of 60. Born in Hamburg, he played at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus for many years. The ceremony commemorating Uwe Bohm with texts, songs and fragments of his film and theater work was held on May 29 at 12.00 at the St. Pauli. It was attended by, among others Ulrich Tukur, Hannelore Hoger and Eva Mattes.
His widow, Ninon Bohm, announced what her husband had died of: “sudden cardiac death.” Ninon Bohm wrote on her Instagram account: “Dear friends and admirers of Uwe’s acting skills, the whole family thank you for all the love, sympathy and appreciation for his talent that we have experienced in the last few hours. We are deeply moved. Uwe, we would be very happy. “
Uwe Bohm often played the villains
In feature films, Uwe Bohm has often played villains and difficult characters. He was known as the crime scene villain, from movies like Fatih Akin’s literary adaptation “Tschick” and impressive stage performances. For about 20 years he worked under the direction of Peter Zadek, initially at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg – incl. in the musical “Andi” and in “Lulu” by Wedekind. He later followed Zadek to the Burgtheater in Vienna. Recently, Bohm lived in Berlin.
The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” described it in the obituary as A diamond in the rough and a powerful actor: “He had something rough, unrefined, unbridled energetic. With his beady black eyes he stared at the vastness and abyss that terrifies others. He had this crazy look that predestined him to be a villain, especially on TV very cute that not only women fall in love with. “
Hark Bohm and Peter Zadek created him as an actor
Uwe Bohm did not have an easy childhood. His father was a crane operator at the port of Hamburg, his mother a housewife. The family broke up, the boy went home. Hark Bohm discovered the acting talent of an eleven-year-old girl while auditioning for the television production of “I Can Build an Ark Too” (1973) in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. The director later adopted an actor who was born Uwe Grossmann. As a teenager, Uwe Bohm also starred in his cult film “Nordsee ist Mordsee” in 1976.
After school, Uwe Bohm initially trained as a painter and varnisher, later as a theater painter. Peter Zadek brings him to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Uwe Bohm played there in 1987 in the musical “Andi”, and in 1988 he played Jack the Ripper in Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu”. In 1990, he followed Zadek to Vienna. There he plays at the Viennese Burgtheater in “Kaufmann von Vendig”, later he plays Parzival in “Spiel vomfragen oder die Reise zum Sonoren Land” by Peter Handke in the premiere of Claus Peymann.
Uwe Bohm: “To be close to the truth”
“I always try to do it in such a way that it is as close to the truth as possible. A colleague once said to me: “always 150 percent, not over the limit, but always to the limit.” You can do it at work and it’s very important for me to do my best here, ”Bohm said about his acting. “It’s a lot of fun for me, and that will take me further.”
The villain at the crime scene “Borowski” “In the afterlife”
In 1988, Uwe Bohm won the Bavarian Film Award for his role as Jan in “Yasesmin” – a German-Turkish version of Romeo and Juliet. His other filmography in cinemas and television includes roles in “Freistatt” (2015) and “Gold” (2013), in “Der Alte” and in Tatort. In 2015, he played Claudia Garde’s “Borowski in der Unterwelt” in the film Kiel Crime Scene, the role of Catholic pastor Albrecht Maria Benz, a murder suspect.
Uwe Bohm’s family asks for privacy after death
According to his family, the adoptive son of director Hark Bohm, who was born Uwe Grossmann in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg on January 24, 1962, died “suddenly and unexpectedly”. His wife Ninon Bohm confirmed the death of the German Press Agency. “With infinite sadness we announce the departure of our beloved father, husband, son and great actor Uwe Bohm,” reads the letter. The family asks for privacy. At the request of the German Press Agency, Bohm’s adoptive mother, Natalia Bowakow-Bohm, confirmed that she had also received news of the death.
Carsten Brosda and Claudia Roth pay tribute to Bohm’s work
“I was horrified to learn of Uwe Bohm’s unexpected death,” said Culture Minister Claudia Roth (Die Grünen). Thanks to his impressive acting, “he will be remembered by all of us as an outstanding character actor.”
Hamburg Senator Carsten Brosda (SPD) responded to the news of the death on Twitter by saying: “What a sad news. Uwe Bohm brought us complex and difficult characters ”. He was a great Hamburg actor – in theater, film and television. “I will miss him and my thoughts are with his family and friends.”