Ponto, Erich

BORN 14 Dec 1884, Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein - DIED 4 Feb 1957, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Städtische Friedhof und Urnenhain Tolkewitz, Wehlener Strasse ((ashes))

Erich Ponto studied pharmacy in Munich but he also took acting lessons. In 1908 he debuted at the Stadttheater in Passau. In 1912 he worked in Düsseldorf. From 1914 to 1947 he was engaged at the Staatstheater in Dresden, but he also appeared in Berlin.

From 1920 onwards he had parts in silent movies. During the nazi era he was frequently in trouble because he always told other frankly what he thought.

After the war he continued his career. He 1947 he was engaged at the Staatstheater in Stuttgart. In 1954 he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz. During his last years he lived with his former pupil Edith Heerdegen. He was already seriously ill when he appeared in his last movie "Der Stern von Afrika" (1957).

After his death he was buried at the Waldfriedhof in Stuttgart. His remains were transferred to Nienstedten cemetery in Hamburg in later years. This grave was removed and in 2007 his ashes were brought to the Tolkewitz cemetery in Dresden. His daughter Eva Doering was present when they were buried there.

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31/8/1928Premiere of the "Dreigroschenoper" by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in Berlin. The performance took place at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. Harold Paulsen was Macheath, Lotte Lenya was Jenny and Erich Ponto was Bettler Peachum. Erich Engel was the director. [Brecht, Bertolt][Engel, Erich][Lenya, Lotte]
7/1/1930Premiere of Paul Kornfeld's "Jud Süss" at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin. It was directed by Leopold Jessner and Caspar Neher was responsible for the stage design. The cast included Ernst Deutsch, Erich Ponto, Otto Wernicke, Hilde Körber, Lotte Lenya and Eleonora von Mendelssohn. [Körber, Hilde][Lenya, Lotte]


The grave of Erich Ponto at the Urnenhain Tolkewitz, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2012)


• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
Baedeker's Stuttgart, Automobile Association, 1987

Porges, Heinrich

Published: 25 Dec 2013
Last update: 08 Jan 2023