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Max Adalbert

Foto: Alice Matzdorf (1895-1941)

1874 - 1933

The actor Max Adalbert was born as Maximilian Adalbert Krampf in Danzig.
He was an impressive actor who knew how to create a role with his keen sense. At the same time he was a modest and quiet fellow who did not seek the bath in the crowd.
Max Adalbert was born into a distinguished family and as not seldom at that time the profession of an actor was considered as something objectionable.
However Max Adalbert asserted himself against the will of his parents and became an actor. In order to protect the family from this "humiliation" he called himself Max Adalbert from now on, basing on his two first names.
He made his stage debut at the theater in Lübeck in 1894 and in the next years he got engagement at many German theaters, among others in Nuremberg, Berlin and Vienna.
Max Adalbert soon became a popular actor in normally in comedic plays. 
Together with the actors Paul Morgan and Kurt Robitschek he founded the "Kabarett der Komiker" in 1924 which soon became established in Berlin and enjoyed great popularity.
Max Adalbert joined the film business in 1915 where he took part in productions like "Wie werde ich Amanda los?" (15), "Die Buchhalterin" (18), "König Nicolo" (19) and "Die Verführten" (19) in his first years.
His appearences in the cinema increased in the 20s, beside it he still remained active at the theater.
In the movies he impersonated leading and support roles and to his well-known movies of those years belong "Die Kwannon von Okadera" (20), "Der Roman der Christine von Herre" (21), "Der müde Tod" (21), "Lady Hamilton" (21), "Das indische Grabmal - Die Sendung des Yoghi" (21), "Das indische Grabmal - Der Tiger von Eschnapur" (21), "Dr. Mabuse der Spieler" (22) and "Vorderhaus und Hinterhaus" (25).
From the middle of the 20s he retired from the film business temporarily because he missed the possibility to use words, one of his vigorousness.
When the sound film became accepted in Germany in 1929, this medium became also more interesting again.
In the next years he experienced an enormous increase in his popularity both on stage and in the movies.
To his first talkies belong "Drei Tage Mittelarrest" (30), "Hans in allen Gassen" (30) and "Das Ekel" (31).
The year 1931 became an important year in Max Adalbert's life in two respects. 
On the one hand he took over from Werner Krauss the role of the Hauptmann von Köpenick in Carl Zuckmayer's play of the same name at the "Deutsches Theater" and became his greatest triumph on stage.
On the other hand he was engaged for the filming of "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (31) because of the huge success at the theater and was able to set a cinematical monument for himself.
In the remaining years of his life he was able to took part in numerous movies, among them "Mein Leopold" (31), "Ein toller Einfall" (32), "Spione im Savoy-Hotel" (32) and "Lachende Erben" (33).
As quiet as Max Adalbert had lived as quiet he said goodbye to the life. He died at the age of 58 because of pneumonia in 1933.

Other movies with Max Adalbert:
Der Schirm mit dem Schwan (16) Liebe, Hass und Geld (19) Frau Hempels Tochter (19) Judith Trachtenberg (20) Das neue Paradies (21) Der Dummkopf (21) Das Haus zum Mond (21) Die goldene Kugel (21) Sein ist das Gericht (22) Lebenshunger (22) Der politische Teppich (22) Sie und die Drei (22) Die Flamme (23) Das gestohlene Gesicht (30) Kyritz – Pyritz (31) Die Schlacht von Bademünde (31) Mein Herz sehnt sich nach Liebe/Der Hellseher (31) Der Herr Finanzdirektor (31) So'n Windhund (31) Hurra – ein Junge! (31) Die Nacht ohne Pause (31) Der Schützenkönig (32) Husarenliebe (32) Wie werde ich energisch? (33) Hände aus dem Dunkel (33)