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May 9, 2021

The German James Dean: 30 Handsome Portrait Photos of Horst Buchholz in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1933 in Berlin, German actor Horst Buchholz started getting small, uncredited on-screen parts in films like Warum? (1951) and Adventure in Berlin (1952). He had a larger role in Marianne of My Youth (1954), and was in a TV movie Die Schule der Väter.

Buchholz began appearing in English-language films in 1959, when he co-starred in the British production Tiger Bay with Hayley Mills. It was a notable success. He returned to Germany for Ship of the Dead (1959), then accepted an offer from Hollywood to play a young aspiring gunslinger in The Magnificent Seven (1960).

Buchholz appeared in more than 60 feature films from 1951 to 2002. In addition to The Magnificent Seven, he is perhaps best known for his role as a communist in Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three (1961), and as Dr. Lessing in Life Is Beautiful (1997).

Buchholz died unexpectedly at the age of 69 in the Berlin Charité from pneumonia that developed after an operation for a hip fracture. These vintage photos captured handsome portrait of a young Horst Buchholz in the 1950s and 1960s.


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