Godden, Rudi

BORN 18 Apr 1907, Berlin-Moabit - DIED 4 Jan 1941, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Lissbauer, Rudi
CAUSE OF DEATH blood poisoning
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Alter Friedhof der Zwölf-Apostel-Gemeinde, Kolonnenstraße 24/25, Schöneberg (401-001-038)

Rudi Godden was the son of a cafe owner from Austria. He was adopted by his stepfather, a cinema owner. He took singing lessons because he wanted to be an opera singer. In the late 1920s he co-founded the cabaret quartet "Blue Boys" with whom he went on tour. He also appeared as an opera singer in Berlin. In 1935 he became a member of the cabaret group "Die acht Entfesselten".

In 1936 he was contracted by Tobis and he made his film debut in "Truxa" (1936). In 1937 he married the cabaret artist Gerti von Reichenhall. Soon he became a popular actor and he appeared in "Es leuchten die Sterne" (1938), "Hallo Janine" (1939) and further movies. In 1941 he died of blood poisoning aged 33.


The grave of Rudi Godden at the Alter Friedhof der Zwölf-Apostel-Gemeinde, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (24 Aug 2017)


• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
filmportal.de - Alles zum deutschen Film
Porträt des Schauspielers Rudi Godden by Thomas Staedeli

Godfrey, Daniel

Published: 23 Jan 2021
Last update: 01 Jan 2024