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Born in Detmold, Germany
Died in Berlin, Germany
Birth NameSiegfried Hermann Andreas Wittig

Mini Bio (1)

Siegfried Schürenberg was born on January 12, 1900 in Detmold, Germany as Siegfried Hermann Andreas Wittig. He is known for his work on The College Girl Murders (1967), Creature with the Blue Hand (1967) and Room 13 (1964). He was married to Charlotte and Margareta Christina. He died on August 31, 1993 in Berlin, Germany.

Spouse (4)

? (1922 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
? (? - ?) ( divorced)
Charlotte (198? - 31 August 1993) ( his death)
Margareta Christina (193? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (17)

Was one of the last absolvents of Max Reinhardt's seminary. He was a very famous German dubbing speaker, i.e. for Clark Gable, Herbert Lom, Louis Calhern and Disney's Shir Khan in The Jungle Book (1967).
Retired from acting in 1974.
Supplied the voice of Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in the German dubbing of "Gone With the Wind".
Father of Andreas Schürenberg (1937-1966) who was also an actor and Sven Schürenberg (1922-1973) who was a political television magazine host.
Served with the Red Cross during World War I.
Best known for his comical, caricatured portrayal of obtuse Scotland Yard chief 'Sir John' in sixteen Edgar Wallace potboilers of the 1960's.
The son of an actor, Emil Wittig (1870-1928). Trained under Max Reinhardt in Berlin and first on stage in 1920. Long-time ensemble member of the Schauspielhaus Zürich (1929-31 and 1946-50). Noted for performances in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Frisch, Dürrenmatt and Zuckmayer.
Siegfried Schürenberg gave his voice besides Clark Gable also to Lionel Barrymore, Joel McCrea and James Stewart.
After World War II he only worked for the film from 1953. His second film career became even more successful as the one before the war.
He went to the Deutsches Theater Berlin in 1931, beside it he also appeared at the Theater in der Josefstadt.
When wages quarrels ended the cooperation between him and Wallace producer Horst Wendlandt, he almost only appeared in unimportant movies - apart from "Die Herren mit der weissen Weste" (1970).
After the war he went to the Zürcher Schauspielhaus, a place he already knew from 1929 and of which he had fond memories of.
When he served at the Red Cross during World War I this gave rise to wish to study medicine. But eventually thought better of it and followed his father's footsteps who was the actor Emil Wittig.
When Siegfried Schürenberg was engaged for the successful Edgar-Wallace serial at the beginning of the 60's he achieved the height of his popularity. Mostly casted in the role of Scotland Yard chief Sir John he was also allowed to show his comic side to advantage.
When Germany went to war his film career was interrupted. He was called up for the war and could only return to Germany one year later for the movie "Fahrt ins Leben" (40). After his next call up he was exempt from military finally at the end of 1941. He resumed his activity at the new built Strassburger Stadttheater.
Siegfried Schürenberg made his theater debut in 1920 where he let prick up one's ears as a character actor and comedian in the next years.
His easily remembered voice didn't only show to advantage for the German film, Siegfried Schürenberg was also selected by MGM as the German voice of the US star Clark Gable.

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