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Actor Gustav Theodor Clemens Robert Freiherr von Rummel, better known by his stage and cinema persona Gustl Waldau, made a lasting impression on the early to mid-20th century German cultural scene.
Gustav Waldau was born in Piflas Castle in Ergolding on February 27, 1871. At the age of 14, Waldau, whose real name was Gustav Freiherr von Rummel, enlisted in the Bavarian Cadet Corps to begin his military career. He was promoted to the rank of officer in the elite Infantry Body Regiment as a result of his skill and devotion.
But the arts’ attraction overrode all else, and von Rummel left the army as a decorated first lieutenant. To get beyond the social stigma that acting was not suitable for nobility, he took on the stage name “Waldau,” which came from the name of Waldau Castle in the Upper Palatinate, which had historical importance for his family.
Waldau’s career in theater began in 1897 when he appeared in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Cologne City Theater in the role of Paris. Later, he became a member of the Munich Court Theater group in April 1898. His artistic abilities over time brought him invitations to make guest appearances abroad, which he did in 1910 at the Burgtheater, in 1913 in Saint Petersburg, and 1914 in New York.
Despite pauses brought on by his war duty, Waldau’s career took off in 1918 once he started giving performances in Munich. A turning point in his career came with the 1921 debut of “The Difficult,” when he played Count Bühl, a part that became iconic and brought him international praise.
Waldau, who gained notoriety for his friendly and outgoing manner, performed for over fifty years, creating a lasting impression in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna, especially at the Theater in der Josefstadt where he had a residency starting in 1924. For many years, he was a committed member of the Bavarian State Theater group alongside his wife, Hertha von Hagen.
He was a theatrical prodigy who made substantial contributions to the film industry in the 1930s and 1940s. Frequently assigned to supporting parts, he skillfully captured the demure and refined demeanor of elderly males. His Nazi-era film projects brought him important recognition, including as the Goethe Medal for art and Science in 1941 and the title of state actor. Waldau’s creative brilliance was recognized by Adolf Hitler when he included him on the God-Given list of the most significant artists in August 1944. This was a momentous accolade at the time.
Gustav Waldau Parents
There is no available information about his parents.
Gustav Waldau Age, Height, Weight, Birthdate
|83 years old (at the time of his death)
|February 27, 1871
Gustav Waldau’s Wife/Girlfriend
He got married to Herta Von Hagen.
Gustav Waldau Children
He had no children at the time of his death.
Gustav Waldau Net Worth
At the time of his death, there was no information about his net worth.