John, Karl

BORN 24 Mar 1905, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 22 Dec 1977, Gütersloh, Nordrhein-Westfalen
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof Heerstrasse, Trahkener Allee 1, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Feld 16-D-32/33)

Karl John studied architecture in Danzig, but he preferred the stage and he went to Berlin, where he took acting lessons. He debuted in Bunzlau when he was 26 years old and one year, in 1932, later he appeared in the movie "Der weiße Dämon".

In 1938 he was engaged at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin. In several movies he played soldiers but after he had spoken negatively about the war to Goebbels his career was halted and he was forced to join the army.

Aftet the war he played in the anti war movie "In jenen Tagen" (1947). He was also in Wolfgang Borchert's "Draußen vor der Tür" )1947). In the 1950s he played more soldiers and he appeared in "The Longest Day" in 1962. In the 1960s he played in several adaptions of Edgar Wallace stories. On television he had parts in series like "Derrick" and "Tatort". In 1977 he broke down in the theatre in Gütersloh and he died two days later.


The grave of Karl John at Friedhof Heerstrasse, Berlin.
Picture by androom (25 Aug 2006)


Internet Movie Database
Karl John – Wikipedia

Johnson, Samuel

Published: 02 Dec 2018
Last update: 25 Jan 2022