Hamburg (dpa) - Bye, Jan Fedder! A man with heart and snout, a real Hamburg boy, is dead. The actor died at the age of 64 in Hamburg - a few weeks before his 65th birthday. At 6.47 p.m. on Monday evening, "Hamburg Honorary Commissioner Jan Fedder" was found dead in his apartment, a police spokesman for the German Press Agency said. Fedder had cancer in 2012 and had been struggling with health problems for years.
The first honors the actor this Wednesday with two programs and changes the program. The portrait “Jan Fedder - with corners, edges and a lot of heart” (5.45 pm) traces stations from Fedder's life in interviews and reportage scenes. At 6.30 p.m. the first also shows the film "The Man in the Stream" from 2006 with Fedder in the leading role. "He was an identification figure, down-to-earth and direct, with heart and snout, as there are only a few on television today," said ARD program director Volker Herres.
Fedder had made the evening series "Großstadtrevier" known in particular: For 28 years he had played the Hamburg police officer Dirk Matthies in the ARD long-running hit. He also stood in front of the camera for four Siegfried Lenz films - for his portrayal of the unemployed ship engineer in “Der Mann im Strom”, he received the 2006 German TV Award.
Hamburg's first mayor Peter Tschentscher was quoted in a Senate announcement on Monday evening with the words: “Sad news at the end of the year: a Hamburg original has died.” NDR director Lutz Marmor wrote in a message: “The NDR owes a lot to Jan Fedder , the viewers loved him. »
On the Facebook page of the “Großstadtrevier” it said: “We think back with great sadness, but also proudly, of the time we were allowed to share with Jan, when we laughed, cried, joked, fought and fought hard with him worked every single episode of the metropolitan area. "The TV presenter Reinhold Beckmann (63) responded to the death of his long-time friend with these words:" Man Jan, it was not agreed. You still had some plans. »
The football club FC St. Pauli announced his grief on Twitter: «St. Pauli was his home. Now he says "goodbye" forever. Rest in peace, Jan Fedder. »The moderator Micky Beisenherz wrote:« 64. A little early for transfer to another area. Sad. Thanks for the good time. »Several candles were placed in front of Fedder's apartment in the St. Pauli district on Monday evening.
Fedder had the first major role on the screen: in Wolfgang Petersen's classic “Das Boot” (1981) he was Bootsmaat Pilgrim. The actor rarely went on trips to the cinema - television became his profession. The NDR series “News from Büttenwarder” with Fedder as farmer Brakelmann and Peter Heinrich Brix as his buddy “Adsche” is particularly popular in the north.
The son of a pub owner who grew up in St. Pauli was a genuine Hamburg boy. He was considered a popular actor - and "with justification," as Fedder once said. Only forced breaks due to illness could prevent him from shooting in the past few years when he had to stop in the “big city area”: in 2012 for cancer therapy, then for blood poisoning. He had 30 radiation treatments for oral carcinoma.
Fedder kept coming back to the camera. In 2019 he shot new episodes for the “Großstadtrevier”, but in autumn he had to pause due to an ankle injury. He could not stop working, he once said - because "if I can no longer shoot, I will fall dead". On January 14, Jan Fedder would have turned 65.
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