Uwe Bohm is dead: he could do more than the bad guys
He was discovered as a child and mostly played sleazy characters. Now actor Uwe Bohm has died aged just 60.
Berlin. There was often in his characters an anger that could be released at any time, but also a tenderness and a pain that were in constant contradiction to him. Uwe Bohm shone with roles like this and marked the public consciousness. The actor died in Berlin on Friday evening, as it became known only on Saturday. Completely unexpected, at only 60 years old. “It is with infinite sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, husband, son and actor Uwe Bohm,” his wife Ninon Bohm announced on her Instagram account. “Unfortunately, it’s a reality,” confirmed his agency: “Uwe passed away.” Details were initially not known. A shock for the industry.
At first, he was what you would call a problem child. He was born in Hamburg in 1962 as Uwe Grossmann. “My father was a docker and, as it turned out later, he had spied for the GDR. He started drinking, he must have been very afraid of being persecuted”, he once told the magazine “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. The father had been imprisoned for treason, himself in a home for young people difficulties: “because the youth office decided that I had behavioral problems.” The mother died a little later of cirrhosis of the liver.
He was discovered as a child, at the age of eleven during the casting of the film “I can also build an ark” by director Hark Bohm. Three years later, he also cast it in “North Sea is Murder Lake”. The drama of a neglected youngster coming out of his predicament is heavily based on his own background. The film made the director known as his star of youth. Hark Bohm eventually adopted the boy, who took his name and starred in other of his films such as ‘Moritz,liebe Moritz’ or ‘In the Heart of the Hurricane’.
He didn’t even want to be an actor. Instead, he began an apprenticeship as a painter-varnisher and then an apprenticeship as a theater painter. So he came on stage, where Peter Zadek became aware of him. He became Bohm’s second adoptive father, under him he had his first major theater appearance in 1987 at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg in the musical “Andi” and a year later as Jack the Ripper in “Lulu”. He also performed under Zadek in other houses, including the Berliner Ensemble in “Peer Gynt”.
Uwe Bohm also achieved great merits in 1988 in Hark Bohm’s German-Turkish version of Romeo and Juliet “Yasemin”. And almost seamlessly, he went from a troubled boy and teenager to a murderer, a psychopath and a sleazy character. He gave it again and again in countless thrillers and TV series. It shaped his image. His repertoire was much larger. But he could only show that he knew how to do comedy differently, where he was at home on all stages, at the Burgtheater in Vienna, at the Bochum Schauspielhaus or at the Salzburg Festival. In recent times, he has only rarely been seen in the cinema, for example in the Berlinale western “Gold” (2013) or in Fatih Akin’s film Herrndorf “Tschick” (2016).
Bohm, who has four children by five wives and recently lived in Berlin with his wife and fellow actress Ninon Bohm, once described his work: “I always try to do it in a way that’s close to the truth. A colleague once told me: ‘always 150%, not over the limit, but always up to the limit.'” But Bohm may have pushed the limits too often. topic.