Piel, Harry

BORN 12 Jul 1892, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Benrath - DIED 27 Mar 1963, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof (220-3-77)

Harry Piel had several jobs before he joined the movies in Paris in 1911. He soon worked in front of as well as behind the camera. As an actor he never made use of stand ins. As a director he used animals that were trained by himself.

In 1911 he had married Johanna Präder in Düsseldorf, but after he met the actress Dary Holm he divorced Johanna and married Dary in 1927. In 1933 he became a member of the NSDAP. In 1935 he had already made 100 movies, but most of his silent movies were lost during the war. After the war he was in prison for half a year and he wasn't allowed to work until 1949. He hardly got any movie parts afterwards.

After Dary Holm died in 1960 he moved to South America for a while. After his return to Berlin in 1962 he advertised for a new partner in the Berliner Tageszeitung and he found her in Lilli Stromereder. In 1963 he died embittered in a clinic in Munich. Shortly before his death he had been interviewed on German television. He was buried beside Dary Holm at the Waldfriedhof in Munich. Lilli Stromereder-Piel was buried in the same grave in 1984.

Movies: "Der Große Unbekannte" (1920, actor, director); "Der Unmögliche Herr Pitt" (1936, actor, director); "Der Mann im Sattel" (1945, actor, director).

• Wife: Holm, Dary (1927-1960)


Harry Piel.
Picture by Atelier Metrofilm


The grave of Harry Piel and Dary Holm at the Waldfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2007)


Harry Piel.
Picture by Ariel-Film


Harry Piel

Pieneman, Jan Willem

Published: 14 Oct 2007
Last update: 11 Feb 2022