Kemp, Paul

ACTOR, COMEDIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 20 May 1896, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Bad Godesberg - DIED 13 Aug 1953, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Universitätshospital
CAUSE OF DEATH ruptured appendix
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Burgfriedhof, Bad Godesberg

Paul Kemp was the son of a music teacher. He accompanied silent films on the piano. During the First World War he drove an ambulance. He started to study architecture, but he switched to acting. He took private lessons with Louise Dumont in Düsseldorf together with Gustaf Gründgens. He debuted in Düsseldorf and worked under Erich Ziegel in Hannover. His next station was Berlin, where he was successful in Vicki Baum's "Menschen im Hotel". He started to appear in movies in 1930 and soon made his name as a character comedian.

He played in "M" by Fritz Lang in 1931 and in "Die verkaufte Braut" by Max Ophüls in 1932. He appeared in many more movies until 1941. In 1944 he was included in the Gottbegnadeten-List of artists that were protected from being sent to the war. After the war he had smaller parts. He died in 1953 in Bonn of a ruptured appendix. He was buried at the Burgfriedhof in Bad Godesberg and the street in Bad Godesberg where his parents' house is located was named after him. His estate was bought by the German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main.

Related persons
• was pupil to Dumont-Lindemann, Louise
• knew Gründgens, Gustaf

Images

Paul Kemp.
(1935-1936)

 

The grave of Paul Kemp at the Burgfriedhof in Bad Godesberg in Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Picture by Androom (19 Mar 2022)

 

Sources
Paul Kemp – Wikipedia


Kempner, Robert W.

Published: 27 Mar 2022
Last update: 27 Mar 2022