The photographer, actor and director died on Friday of an aneurysm in a hospital in Munich. He is best known among other things for his feature film “Mädchen, Mädchen”.
Photographer, actor and director Roger Fritz has died in Munich at the age of 85. This is what his long-time partner Margit Friedrich told dpa on Monday evening. Fritz died Friday of an aneurysm in hospital. Several media outlets had reported earlier, including “Abendzeitung” and “Bild” in Munich.
Fritz was a great community. Italian director Luchino Visconti assisted in “Boccaccio 70” with Romy Schneider. In 1963 he made his first short film “Silent Voices”. His first feature film “Mädchen, Mädchen” in 1966 was a success.
Fritz was also an actor in many films, among them the films Rudolf Thom (“Fremde Stadt”, 1972), Sam Peckinpah (“Steiner – Das Eiserne Kreuz”, 1976) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (“Lili Marleen”, 1981).
He has approached stars like Fassbinder or Romy Schneider. However, he was also looking for other trappings, such as Bavarian customs such as goasslschnalzen (cracking a whip) or raising the shaft. His collection ranged from portraits and landscapes to abstract photography. For a while he was also the owner of a restaurant in Munich.
According to the biography on his website, Fritz first trained as a wholesaler. In 1955 he met photographer Herbert List in Munich and helped him occasionally. He worked part-time for magazines and co-founded Twain magazine. In 1961 he studied at the UFA Preparatory School for Acting and Directing in Berlin.
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