BORN 27 Feb 1915, Berlin - DIED 25 Nov 1995, Berlin|
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Friedhof Wilmersdorf, Berliner Straße 81-103 (D4-39)
Erich Schellow was the son of a businessman. He showed an early interest for the theatre and after he finished school he wanted to study art history and philosophy. But he changed his mind after the actress Lola Müthel adviced him to study acting and from 1935 to 1937 he was educated at the Staatlichen Schauspielschule in Berlin. He debuted on the stage in 1937 as Mortimer in Schiller's "Maria Stuart" at the Deutschen Volkstheater in Hamburg.
From 1940 to 1945 he worked for the Volkstheater and from 1945 to 1947 for the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Then he moved to the Schlossparktheater in Berlin. In 1951 the Schillertheater in Berlin engaged him. At the end of the 1940s he had appeared in a few movies and in 1954 he was in Helmut Käutner's "Bildnis einer Unbekannten" and also in "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick". Schellow also worked for television and played sherlock Holmes in 1967. The last time he appeared on the stage was in 1993 in Schiller's "Don Carlos". That same year he suffered a severe stroke which resulted in partial paralysis. He died in 1995 in Berlin.
Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2005