Actor tilo pruckner is dead: never retired, always a cop

Actor Tilo Pruckner has died at the age of 79. The former Tatort detective last investigated in the ARD early evening series "Rentnercops".

Remembered as a likeable character actor: Actor Tilo Pruckner Photo: Jorg Carstensen/dpa

The actor Tilo Pruckner is dead. Last Thursday, July 2, he died unexpectedly, ARD announced on Monday, July 6, citing information from his family. Pruckner was 79 years old. "We lose with him one of the great popular actors," said Jorg Schonenborn, the ARD coordinator fiction.

Known for numerous ARD series

Pruckner, who was born in Augsburg on October 26, 1940, was last seen in the role of Edwin Bremer with his colleague Wolfgang Winkler in the ARD series "Rentercops." Winkler, who played the cop Gunter Hoffmann, died in December 2019 at the age of 76. After that, Pruckner last played alongside Peter Lerchenbaum, who took over Winkler’s role.

How it will continue with the "Rentnercops" is currently impossible to say, said an ARD spokesman. Filming for the next "Rentnercops" season was to begin in two weeks. The plan must now be reconsidered, it was said.

A fellow actor described Pruckner as being "the center of sympathy, open-minded and always curious" on the set of "Rentnercops."

He began his career in the early 1960s with acting training in Munich. Pruckner is a co-founder of the Schaubuhne Berlin, played at the Schauspielhaus Zurich and the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel. For his role in the cinema comedy "Bomber & Paganini" alongside Mario Adorf, he received the German Actor Award in 1976.

Pruckner also became known to a wider audience as "Tatort" detective Eduard Holicek. Between 20, he investigated alongside Robert Atzorn in Hamburg. Television viewers also associate Pruckner’s face with his participation in the ARD series "Adelheid und ihre Morder" (Adelheid and her Murderers), in which he played the supporting role of Detective Chief Inspector Gernot Schubert.

In addition to his acting activities, Pruckner also appeared as an author. In 2013 he published the novel "Willi Merkatz wird verlassen" in which the protagonist is abandoned by his wife after 39 years of marriage. A book with autobiographical references, although Pruckner told Deutschlandfunk radio in 2014, "I didn’t feel like writing an autobiographical story, that’s where it starts. So these actor biographies don’t interest me at all."

Mostly appearing as a characterful supporting actor

Pruckner has tended to appear in smaller roles in many TV productions. "Those are usually the better roles," said the actor. Like the character of landlord Max in "Kommissarin Lucas." That was "a real calf-biter," he said. Pruckner has never lost his penchant for oddball characters during his long career.

Jorg Schonenborn paid tribute to the actor as a "character head" and "lovable arch-comedian" who gave viewers* countless memorable performances. "With him, we lose one of the great folk actors, who with his inimitable tongue-in-cheek understatement moved and delighted his audiences in leading and supporting roles alike."

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 8:15 p.m., the German public broadcaster Erste will air the 2011 TV movie "Holger sacht nix," starring Tilo Pruckner as the embittered farmer Holger.

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