Alexander Lang is dead: “Solo Sunny” star dies at 82

Alexander Lang is dead: “Solo Sunny” star dies at 82

The German actor and director Alexander Lang is dead. He died on Friday in Berlin, as the Academy of Arts announced.

Mourning for Alexander Lang (1941-2024). The German actor and director died on Friday (May 31) at the age of 82 in Berlin. Lang was particularly active in the theater during his career, but his appearance in the DEFA cult film “Solo Sunny” from 1980 will also remain unforgettable.

Prominent theatre actor and director

Lang was born in Erfurt in 1941. After an apprenticeship, he attended the State Drama School in Berlin, then went to the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, moved to the Berliner Ensemble a year later and finally to the Deutsches Theater in 1969, where he remained until 1986.

Towards the end of the 1970s, Lang increasingly took on directing work, staging classics such as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1980) and “Danton’s Death” (1981) by Georg Büchner (1813-1837). Lang appeared less frequently in DEFA productions. But in Konrad Wolf’s (1925-1982) last feature film “Solo Sunny”, he played the withdrawn philosopher Ralph alongside Renate Krößner (1945-2020). The film was a huge success with audiences.

Lang was a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin since 1986. In 2020, the Academy awarded him the Konrad Wolf Prize.

Source: Stern

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