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Fritz Muliar dies aged 89 in Vienna

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Von By Thomas Hochwarter

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  • Vienna. Actor Actor Fritz Muliar died aged 89 on Sunday night, it emerged yesterday.

Fritz Muliar. Foto: apa

Fritz Muliar. Foto: apa Fritz Muliar. Foto: apa

Muliar was one of Austria´s most respected theatre actors and also published several books.

The Vienna-born actor starred in dozens of TV productions and movies but was best known for his various roles on stage. He worked as an actor for more than 70 years.

Only on Sunday after- noon, Muliar performed on stage at the Theater in der Josefstadt in the play "Die Wirtin", but he was hosp- italised after suffering a breakdown afterwards.

Josefstadt director Herbert Föttinger said: "I am extremely sad. Fritz Muliar became a friend and I liked him very, very much."

Föttinger added he was constantly negotiating several possible future projects with Muliar.

Muliar, who was born to a family of jewellers in 1919, hit the stage for the first time at the age of 17 in the play "Der liebe Augustin." Later on, Muliar improved his acting skills at the city´s Simpl theatre, back then under direction of acting icon Karl Farkas.

After serving in the Se- cond World War and being imprisoned by the British troops, Muliar reactivated his career in Graz.

Muliar became a permanent cast member of Vienna´s Burgtheater in 1974 where he performed in a version of Bertold Brecht´s "The Threepenny Opera" and "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare.

Muliar´s performance in a 1972 TV series adaption of "The Good Soldier vejk" by Jaroslav Haek is regarded as a classic.

Muliar received several honours throughout his career. He is honorary member of the Burgtheater and the Theater in der Josefstadt as well as holder of the Great Honorary Cross for Honours for the Re- public of Austria in Silver.

Muliar was an outspoken Social Democrat. He never hesitated to engage in political discussions, arguing: "The most important and beautiful thing in this free Europe is that we can express our opinion."

Asked once what his lifelong dream would be, Muliar said it has already come true: "a free Austria."

Social Democrat (SPÖ) Culture Minister Claudia Schmied said: "Muliar´s achievements for the country are undoubted. His death is a painful loss for Austrian cultural life."

Stefan Petzner of the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) said: "His death leaves a big gap in the Austrian theatre landscape."

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