1907 - 1976
The actor Walter Bluhm first learnt the profession of a bookseller but after the apprenticeship he decided to become an actor.
He joined the Max Reinhardt seminar in 1924 and made his stage debut in the same years with the play "Der Kaufmann von Venedig".
In the next years followed engagements at different German theaters.
His first engagement for the film came for the animation film "Studio 10" (30-32) from Oskar Fischinger into being where he acted as a narrator.
As an actor he made his film debut with "Wenn zwei sich streiten" (32) directed by Leopold Lindtberg.
In the next years followed other cinematical works in which he impersonated support roles.
To these movies belong "Glückspilze" (35) with Albert Lieven", "Hermine und sieben Aufrechten" (35) with Heinrich George, "Der Biberpelz" (37) again with Heinrich George, "Der Maulkorb" (38) directed by Erich Engel, "Pour le Mérite" (38) with Paul Hartmann und "Brand im Ozean" (39) with Hans Söhnker.
Afterwards followed a longer interruption when he served as a soldier at the front line from 1939 to 1944. Only toward the end of World War II he acted again in front of the camera, among others for "Der Mann, dem man den Namen stahl" (44) and "Der grüne Salon" (44).
Walter Bluhm could continue his acting career after the war both on stage and in movies.
On Berlin stages he took part in plays like "Von Menschen und Mäusen" and "Journalisten", in movies he appeared in the productions "Irgendwo in Berlin" (46), "Berliner Ballade" (48) with the then unknown Gert Fröbe and "Die Buntkarrierten" (49).
After an anew break in the film business where he dedicated to the theater followed a second renaissance in his film career from 1955 and Walter Bluhm was engaged for support roles in numerous movies.
To these movies belong "Die Ratten" (55), "Hotel Adlon" (55), "Alibi" (55), "Studentin Helene Willfüer" (56), "Der Meisterdieb" (58), "Alt Heidelberg" (59), "Die Bande des Schreckens" (60), "Die unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse" (62), "Ein Tag in Paris" (66), "Der zerbrochene Krug" (67) and "Die Verspätung" (69).
Walter Bluhm remained active till briefly to his death, to his last cinematical works belong "Kudammgeschichten" (70), the serial "Theatergarderobe" (71), "Die Erbschaft" (72), the serial "Der rote Schal" (73), "Wecken Sie Madame nicht auf" (74), "Der Biberpelz" (75), "Die Stadt im Tal" (75) and "Der Herr der Schöpfung" (76).
Today Walter Bluhm is not well known to the audiance as an actor but as dubbing artist. He set a monument for himself as the German voice of Stan Laurel who he dubbed since 1936 and with it he had a significant part in the success of the synchronised Laurel & Hardy movies.
Walter Bluhm played out the character of Stan Laurel masterly with his sometime whiny voice.
But he also gave his voice to other well-known actors and movies, among others for Stringer Davis in the Miss Marple movies, for Peter Lorre, Bourvil, Buster Keaton, Ed Wynn and Burgess Meredith.
Other movies with Walter Bluhm: