Hamburg (AP) - Actor Jan Fedder is dead. He died at the age of 64 in Hamburg. "At 18.47, Hamburg Honorary Commissioner Jan Fedder was found dead in his apartment," said a police spokesman for the German Press Agency on Monday. The "Bild" newspaper first reported about it.
Above all, he was made known by the TV evening series “Großstadtrevier”: since 1992 he was seen in the long-running ARD as a Hamburg police officer Dirk Matthies. He also stood in front of the camera for four Siegfried Lenz film adaptations - in 2006 he received the German Television Award for his performance in “The Man in the Stream”.
Fedder had his first major role on the screen: in Wolfgang Petersen's classic "Das Boot" (1981) he played Bootsmaat Pilgrim. Fedder rarely went on trips to the cinema, television became his profession. He was involved in more than 400 productions and made North German characters his trademark with his unmistakable voice and accent. The NDR series “News from Büttenwarder” with Fedder as farmer Brakelmann and Peter Heinrich Brix as his buddy “Adsche” became a cult, especially in the north.
The son of a pub owner who grew up in St. Pauli was a genuine Hamburg boy. He was considered a folk actor - and "rightly so," as Fedder once said.