Mainz (AP) - The actor and cabaret artist Helmut Krauss died at the age of 78 years. This was announced by ZDF on Thursday.
Krauss became known for his role in the children's program "Dandelion" - where he played the always grumpy neighbor Hermann Paschulke - from 1981 to 2005 alongside Peter Lustig, who died in 2016. After that, he appeared in nearly 60 episodes with lead actor Guido Hammesfahr in the program. Krauss died according to ZDF on Monday.
The "dandelion" editorial staff of ZDF remember Helmut Krauss as someone who "knew how to enjoy life in the midst of the most stressful work," the broadcaster said. Acting had been a matter of the heart for him. For shooting of the program, he was last in front of the camera in June 2019. The native of Augsburg also appeared in the series "Lindenstraße", "A home for animals" and "Berliner Weiße mit Schuss".
In addition, Krauss was also heard as a voice actor in numerous American films and series. He lent his voice to prominent actors such as Marlon Brando, John Goodman and James Earl Jones. Often he was allowed to speak to the rogue, as a poacher Percival C. McLeach in the animated film "Bernard and Bianca in Kangaroo Land", but also in many thrillers. He was also the narrator in the German version of the cartoon series "Captain Future".