|ACTOR, DIRECTOR (GERMANY)|
BORN 26 Aug 1876, Schwerin - DIED 30 Nov 1950, München|
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Ohlsdorfer Friedhof (P7 (13))
Erich Ziegel started his career as an actor in Meiningen when he was eighteen years old. He went on to Lübeck and Breslau, where he was the leader of a literary summer theatre from 1906 until 1909. In 1911 he founded the Münchner Kammerspiele, of which he was the leader until 1916. He worked there both as an actor and as a director.
In 1916 he went to the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. In that city he founded the Hamburger Kammerspiele in 1918. There many important actors and directors started their careers, among them Anneliese Born, Gustav Gründgens, Werner Hinz, Victor de Kowa and Ferdinand Marian.
In 1920 he played in the movie "Colombine" and in the thirties and forties many more movies would follow. From 1926 until 1928 he was the leader of the Deutsche Schauspielhaus. His wife Mirjam Horwitz was Jewish and after the nazi's came to power he left for Vienna. His activities there were unsuccesful. Gründgens brought him back to Berlin where he worked at the Staatstheater. His wife was under the protection of Gründgens.