Erich Ponto

Erich Johannes Bruno Ponto (* 14. December 1884 in Luebeck; † 4. February 1957 in Stuttgart) was a German actor.


Erich Johannes Bruno Ponto was born at the 14.Dezember 1884 as the youngest of four children in Luebeck. Its nut/mother IDA Albers from Reinbek before-light Ludwig Ponto, which got a Manufakturwarenladen bequeathed by its father Heinrich Ponto. The Pontos was buyers from Northern Germany.

Its parents lived only in Luebeck, pulled then however after Hamburg Eimsbüttel. Erich Ponto visited however the school in Altona, since in Prussia the school money was too expensive. First he was a pharmacy student. Among his teachers was also William Konrad Roentgen, with whom he often fell asleep. Ponto had always the urge after the looking plaything. With friends it rehearsed classical authors, took part in literature circles and developed from now on the persons in its pieces.

1895 died its father. it made its Provisor exam for 1905. He got its training as the actor with Hans Lackner in the year 1908.

Ponto painted already with sixteen among other things Water colors. He got his first commitment 1908 at the city theatre Passau, later in Reichenberg/Nordböhmen (1910/11). 1916 before-light it his Mrs. Tony Kresse, with which he got its daughter EH Ponto (*1918, today Doering) and his son Klaus Ponto (*1927, likewise actors). Erich Ponto was friendly with Tonys brothers and was involved in the house Kresse in and out. Into the 1910er years Ponto had made, so already short experiences with the silent movie in “the violonist of Meissen”. Already starting from 1914 Ponto in Dresden played, where he lived until 1947. 1920 it had its first contact with the film; but only at 1930, with a ten-year interruption, its career began as a Filmschauspieler. Its role was particularly outstanding as a professor Crey in the film the Feuerzangenbowle. In gynecologist Dr.Hiob Prätorius it played the pathologist professor Speiter. In the year 1949 it turned that internationally well-known film “the third man” with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Pontos role was those of the Dr. Winklers. Beside its numerous Filmrollen it played theatres and tingelte daily between Berlin and Dresden back and forth. Ponto was over the years an instance for Dresden. The inhabitants of Dresden loved it as your Ponto. He became director at the Dresden Schauspielhaus. With the establishment of the east regime Ponto Dresden left, because he, as he wrote colleagues: “… in this city freely to play cannot, if it did not belong to a certain political attitude…”. Ponto worked likewise politically and could 1946/47 on the LIST 6 beside Viktor Klemperer to the choice be set up.

Ponto had courage, because he said freely out, what he thought from brown power. When at it a house search took place, one wanted to take Kollwitz designs from it. Ponto stated only that he needed these still for his work, and one placed her again into the cabinet.

Ponto wrote poems to public/private causes gladly and frequently. From this, like very he can be seen nature connected, in addition, was human. One of its “discoveries” for the stage and the film was Gert Fröbe. Fröbe came to Ponto, because Fröbe was a draughtsman. Fröbe had collected all courage, in order to pronounce Ponto on this occasion somewhat. Ponto declined because of Fröbes of inescapably audible Saxonian dialect, took it however then as a pupil.

1947 came Erich Ponto to the Württembergi national theatre Stuttgart. Its title part was unforgettable in Lessings Nathan of the way. This piece wished itself Ponto to its 70. Birthday. 1952 he was appointed the Württembergi state actor. it received the Order of Merit to 1954 to gang and 1956 the film volume.

Erich Ponto besides in numerous speech disk productions (now CD) participated.


- Mephisto in fist 1. Part (1952) and 2. Part (1949)
- the third man (1949 - production of the WDR, direction: William Semmelroth (Litraton))
- Reineke fox (1949 - German Grammophon)
- Adalbert of founder rock crystal (1949)
- The flying classroom (1954 - William shrubs, poems (German Grammophon))

Up to its death Ponto with the actress Edith army sword (1913-1982) lived together. Army sword was likewise a pupil Pontos.
Ponto died to 04. February 1957 in Stuttgart after long illness, which prevented it by the way never to play. Thus one saw it still already 1956 critically ill in its last motion picture film “Robinson may not not die”.
He was buried at the forest cemetery. Today only the stone on the grave of the family Böhm reminds of it. Ponto was umgebettet, on which to Gedenkstein the additive was attached “in memoriam”.
Erich Ponto was umgebettet on that Hamburg cemetery Nienstedten.

Its grandchild one oil Ponto (1949-1996) was likewise active as actors.

Further related Pontos:

Ignes Ponto (Stellvertr. Chairman of the Jürgen Ponto donation)
Jürgen Ponto
Robert Ponto (one of its brothers)

films (selection)

  • the violonist of Meissen (1921/22)
  • love, death and devil (1934)
  • the girl Johanna (1935)
  • the dog of Baskerville (1936)
  • Tango Notturno (1937)
  • hello Janine! (1939)
  • Cutter Wibbel (1939) - its only main role as Anton Wibbel
  • the fire devil (1940)
  • note! Enemy monitors! (1940) as Monsieur support
  • of dresses people ( 1940) make as a doll player
  • the Rothschilds (1940)
  • for blood brother shank (1940/41)
  • I complain at (1941)
  • Diesels (1942)
  • notice on Baku (1942)
  • the master detective (1944)
  • the angel with the string play (1944)
  • the Feuerzangenbowle (1944) as Dr. Crey alias Schnauz
  • the lost face (1948)
  • the third man (1949) as Dr. Angle
  • love 47 as the old person man (God) (1949)
  • loved liar (1949) as a waiter Blage
  • gynecologist Dr. Prätorius (1950) as a professor Speiter
  • Hokuspokus (1953)
  • no fear of large animals (1953) as a commissioner
  • the flying classroom (1954) as a medical advice
  • sour break - that was my life (1954)
  • Lola Montez (1955)
  • Robinson may not not die (1956)

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