As it just became known, German actor Rainer Baidu died in Salzburg on Sunday – at the age of 83. He achieved great fame, among other things, as Sergeant Dempfelmoser in the children’s film “Der Räuber Hotzenplotz” (1974). He was also the German voice for Disney hero Pumbaa.
His agency announced, on Tuesday morning, that Baidu died among his family after a long struggle with a serious illness. The actor and cabaret artist, who lived in Salzburg retired, would have been 84 next Friday. He also made a name for himself as a serial actor on German television – for example in the ZDF series “Küstenwache” and several TV thrillers such as “Der Alte”, “Derrick” and “Tatort”.
Dubbing voice for Blues Brothers
Basedow was in front of the camera in the role of Sergeant Dimpfelmoser in the classic children’s film “Der Räuber Hotzenplotz” (1974) – the plot based on the famous children’s book by Otfried Preusler. In the American movie “Blues Brothers” (1980) he was called John Belushi. He also lent his voice to Pumbaa the pig in the German version of the Disney classic “The Lion King.”
Escape from the Communists in the German Democratic Republic
Badiou was born in Thuringia in 1938 and raised in Saxony-Anhalt. He graduated from high school in Magdeburg in 1956. Due to “political unreliability” he was not allowed to study in the GDR. After fleeing East Germany, he began studying German and physical education at the University of Education in Braunschweig (Lower Saxony).
A community that laughs and shoots: 19 years in Munich
Even before the second state exam, he went to an acting school in Munich and was brought by actor Wilfried Claus to the small theater in Siegestor. There he played his first leading role in the movie Waiting for Godot. From 1962 to 1976, Baidu was on stage at the Ateliertheater in Bern, at Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer (Berlin) and at Volkstheater and Kleine Komödie in Munich.
From 1976 to 1995, he served as a permanent member of the Munich Laughter and Shooting Association, performing a total of 19 tours with more than 4,000 shows. His partners here were, above all, Jochen Busse, Henning Vinsky and Rinat Koster.
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