1867 - 1952
Albert Bassermann belongs to the great character actors of the German silent movie. Since 1887 he worked at theaters and went to Berlin in 1895, the center of the German theater world. In the following years his reputation increased in such a way that at the beginning of the 20th century he was regarded as one of the most important players. So it was the more important that Bassermann was also one of the first prominent actors who decided to appear in movies. This had a signal effect to other theater actors which until then were in the habit of turning up one's nose as soon as the medium film was mentioned.
Albert Bassermann made his film debut in 1912 with "Der Andere". The criticism was devastating, still he remained true to the film. During his career Bassermann wasn't able to place the same emphases for the film as he did for the theater, yet his importance for the film isn't to underestimate.
To his great silent movies count "Das Weib des Pharao" (21), "Lucrezia Borgia" (22), "Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske" (22) and "Alt-Heidelberg" (23).
He also took part in important sound films like "Dreyfus" (30), "Alraune" (30) and "Ein gewisser Herr Gran" (33).
In 1933 Albert Bassermann left Germany, together with his wife, and moved to Switzerland. When his wife got entrance prohibition in Germany because of her Jewish extraction, Bassermann explained his leaving from the stage cooperative and consequently his breaking-off with Germany.
In the following years he played on stages in Austria and Switzerland. In 1939 he went to the USA where he received a small role in Wilhelm Dieterles "Dr. Ehrlichs Magic Bullet" . Because of this role they became aware of Bassermann and his destiny. He only possessed a visitor visa and was faced with his deportation. It followed a seven years go on career in the USA with varied parts which mostly had a positive character - a rareness for a German actor in the USA at that time. In Europe he only had occasional appearances on stage after World War II.
During a flight from New York to Zurich the expressive actor died.
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