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Peter Simonischek, actor known for his leading role in the film Toni Erdmann, has passed away. The interpreter was 76 years old.

The Vienna Burgtheater broke the news via Twitter. “We mourn Peter Simonischek. Our honorary member passed away on the night of May 29-30,” the institution confirmed. At the moment the cause of death has not been revealed.

Austrian State Secretary Andrea Mayer described Simonischek as “one of the great names of contemporary interpretation for decades both in the theater and in film and television”. “Simonischek’s death is a great loss for the entire art and culture scene,” she added.

Born on August 6, 1946 in Graz (Austria), the actor gained popularity for his frequent appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the world’s most important opera, music and theater event.

debuted in front of the cameras in 1974, participating in both feature films and European series. Her great international role came thanks to Toni Erdmann, a film directed by Maren Ade. The film revolves around a father, played by Simonischek, who creates an imaginary character with the intention of giving meaning to her daughter’s life and helping her find her happiness.

Sandra Hüller, Trystan Pütter, Lucy Russell, Thomas Loibl, Hadewych Minis and Vlad Ivanov, among others, completed the cast of the film, which was nominated for an Oscar in the category of best foreign language film. It was also nominated for a Goya for Best European Film and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film.

Subsequently, he was involved in other large-scale projects such as Matthias Schweighöfer’s Army of Thieves and Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret. His last work dates from 2023 and is a film entitled Der vermessene Mensch.

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