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Horst Naumann in November 2020

Photo: Tanja Pickartz / FUNKE Photo Services

The actor Horst Naumann is dead. The Duisburg resident died last Monday at the age of 98, as a ZDF spokeswoman told the dpa news agency when asked on Saturday.

The “Bild” newspaper had previously reported on it.

»My husband fell asleep peacefully at home.

“We had breakfast together in bed that morning and then he slept there a little bit, like he always did,” his wife Martina Linn-Naumannder told Bild.

»At some point he stopped breathing - I was there.

He just fell asleep.”

Naumann was able to look back on a career in theater, film, television and radio plays that spanned more than 50 years.

He was best known for his role as the ship's doctor Dr.

Horst Schröder in the ZDF series “Das Traumschiff”.

He appeared in more than 50 episodes from 1983 to 2010.

The actor also slipped into a doctor's coat for the series "Schwarzwaldklinik" and was there from 1986 to 1989 as Dr.

Romans to see.

Naumann was a trained theater actor.

His screen career began in the early 1950s in films from the East German DEFA studios.

He moved to West Germany and from the 1960s onwards was seen primarily in numerous popular ZDF series.

In demand voice actor

The Dresden native was also a sought-after voice actor with hundreds of speaking roles.

For example, he gave his voice to the US actor Patrick McGoohan in the psychedelic spy series “Number 6”.

He voiced the Italian Ugo Tognazzi in the queer cult film “A Cage Full of Fools”.

He also occasionally stood in for Christopher Plummer and Pierre Brice in the dubbing studio.

“Radio play fans will also remember him with his incomparable voice in numerous radio plays,” wrote industry expert Thomas Birker in an obituary on Facebook.

Naumann wasn't just the narrator of "Masters of the Universe."

For example, he also voiced Locke's father in "Tom & Locke."

He also appeared several times in the series “The Three ???”.

In the episode “The Three ???

and the Invisible Enemy,” he played the shady Ed Snabel.

His widow Martina Linn-Naumann wrote in an obituary: "We will fulfill his last wish and he will live on in our garden as a real hawthorn tree."