Waniek, Herbert

BORN 17 Oct 1897, Wien - DIED 11 May 1949, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Hietzinger Friedhof, Maxingstraße 15, Hietzing (Gruppe 51, Nummer 81 (cleared in 2019))

Herbert Waniek was the son of a household goods supplier who was a supplier to the court. During the First World War he served in Innsbruck and in Italy. In 1917 he was transferred to the Ministery of War in Vienna. In 1917 he contributed to the expressionist journal "Ver!" and in 1918 Ernst Arndt gave him acting lessons. He debuted on the stage in Linz in 1919. In 1920 he worked for the Neuen wiener Bühne and in 1921 he went to the Deutsches Theater in Brno, where he also worked as a producer. In 1922 returned to Vienna where he worked for the Volkstheater until 1924 and then under Max Reinhardt at the Theater in deR Josefstadt.

From 1927 to 1930 he was actor/producer under Ferdinand Rieser in Zürich. In 1930 he went to the Städtische Bühnen in Essen, but from 1931 to 1933 he worked in Zürich again. In 1933 he went to the Hoftheater in Vienna where he worked as a director until his death on 66 productions. He directed several operas as well. At the time he was planning a production of Richard Strauss's "Die schweigsame Frau" in 1949 he suddenly died in Vienna.

Waniek twice married an actress. His first wife was Mathilde Danegger (1903-1988) and his second wife was Ilse Josefine Kipper (1928-1981). His grave at the Hietzing Cemetery was removed in 2019.


The grave of Herbert Waniek at the Hietzinger Friedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2016)


Herbert Waniek – Wikipedia

Wankel, Felix

Published: 27 Feb 2022
Last update: 20 Apr 2022