Staal, Viktor

BORN 17 Feb 1909, Frankenstadt (now: Franstat pod Radhostem, Czech Republic) - DIED 4 Jun 1982, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Nordfriedhof, Ungererstrasse 130 (064-5-14 (cenotaph only?))

Viktor Staal was the son of a copper boiler manufacturer. Against the wishes of his father he ended his studies to become an engineer and took acting lessons in Vienna. He debuted at the theatre in Troppau and held engagements in Ostrau, Gablonz, Reicenberg and at the Volkstheater in Vienna.

In 1935 he had his first small movie part in a movie. By 1936 he worked for UFA and his first leading role was in "Donogoo Tonka, die geheimnisvolle Stadt". In "Zu neuen Ufern" ("To New Shores"), 1937 he appeared with Zarah Leander. He publicly welcomed the inclusion of Austria in the German Reich in 1938. In 1940 he married the actress Hansi Knoteck. In 1942 he was next to Zarah Leander in "Die große Liebe", one of the greatest film successes in the nazi era.

After the war he worked for the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin but he soon returned to the movies. He was able to continue his career because he hadn't appeared in the best known propaganda movies. He made many more movies until 1977, among them "Die Sklavenkarawane" (1958). In the 1960s he also worked for television. He died in 1982 in Munich and was buried in Gauting. After Hansi Knoteck died in 2014 his gravestone was moved to her grave at the Nordfriedhof in Munich.

• Wife: Knoteck, Hansi (1940-1982)


Viktor Staal.
Picture by Ufa-Hämmerer


The grave of Viktor Staal and Hansi Knoteck at the Nordfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (18 Aug 2020)


Internet Movie Database
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998
Viktor Staal

Stacquet, Henri

Published: 30 Aug 2020
Last update: 01 Jan 2024