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Walter Sedlmayr

Walter Sedlmayr
Born (1926-01-06)6 January 1926
Munich, Germany
Died 14 July 1990(1990-07-14) (aged 64)
Munich, Germany
Other names Walther Sedlmayer
Occupation Actor

Walter Sedlmayr (6 January 1926 – 14 July 1990) was a German stage, television, and film actor from Bavaria.


  • Career 1
  • Murder 2
  • Filmography 3
    • TV appearances 3.1
  • Award 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


After his 1945 wartime Abitur, Sedlmayr served as a Flakhelfer towards the end of World War II. His acting career began with minor roles with the Münchner Kammerspiele, for which he played more than 25 years, and in numerous Heimatfilme during the 1940s and 1950s.

In 1971, by now an associate of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sedlmayr was briefly arrested because a stolen artwork, the Blutenburger Madonna, was found in his house. He was later acquitted of all charges, and the media attention given to his trial helped him gain major roles. His breakthrough came with the leading role in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's film Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird (1972). Afterwards, Sedlmayr was cast in numerous popular German TV shows, including Münchner Geschichten, Der Herr Kottnik, Der Millionenbauer, and Polizeiinspektion 1; he also frequently appeared on stage and in other media.


On 15 July 1990, Sedlmayr was found dead in the bedroom of his [4][5] One of them left prison in August 2007 and the other on January 15, 2008.

Sedlmayr's life and murder were the subject of the 2001 biopic Wambo by Jo Baier, where he was played by Jürgen Tarrach, and of an episode of the ARD TV series Die großen Kriminalfälle.

There has been some recent controversies concerning WorldHeritage's decision to publish the names of Sedlmayr's killers. The contention concerns the European right to oblivion and American first amendment free speech. In 2009 German courts ordered the names removed from the article, but WorldHeritage has contested the validity of the ruling as it neither operates nor has assets in Germany.[6]


TV appearances

  • 1964: Kriminalmuseum
  • 1968: Der Staudamm
  • 1972: TatortMünchner Kindl
  • 1972: Acht Stunden sind kein Tag
  • 1973: Der KommissarEin Funken in der Kälte
  • 1973: TatortTote brauchen keine Wohnung
  • 1973: Drei Partner
  • 1974–1975: Münchner Geschichten
  • 1974–1975: Spannagl & Sohn
  • 1974: Der KommissarTod eines Landstreichers
  • 1974 Derrick - Season 1, Episode 1 - "Waldweg" (1974)
  • 1975: Der KommissarDas goldene Pflaster
  • 1975: Der KommissarEin Mord auf dem Lande


In 1973, Sedlmayr won the Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor Deutscher Filmpreis award for his role in Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehemaliger Hofkoch wird.


  1. ^ "Sedlmayr-Mörder aus Haft entlassen" (in German).  
  2. ^ "Bescheißt du mich eigentlich?" (in German).  
  3. ^ Mordfall Walter Sedlmayr (on page 22) Focus magazine article, 17 January 2005, in German
  4. ^ Jörg Völkerling (18 December 2004). "Neue Spur im Mordfall Sedlmayr" (in German).  
  5. ^ "Sedlmayr-Mord: Gericht prüft Wiederaufnahme des Verfahrens" (in German).  
  6. ^ ({url=})

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