German actor, Siegfried Rauch, Died at 85

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Siegfried Rauch was born on April 2, 1932, and died on March 11, 2018.

He was a German film and television actor.

He was also known as “Sigi”.

Rauch’s career spanned over 60 years, he appeared in several international film productions in the 1970s and had leading roles in numerous German television productions.

Rauch studied drama at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

He additionally attended private drama lessons.

Rauch has performed at the different theatre from 1958s, beginning with Bremen (until 1962), and followed by Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg.

During the 1970s, Rauch appeared in the 1970 Hollywood film Patton as Captain Steiger.

In Le Mans (1971), he played the race driver Erich Stahler who is Steve McQueen’s rival.

In Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, he played a German army sergeant, the counterpart of Lee Marvin’s character, who experiences the same events as Marvin only from a German perspective.

Rauch’s other Hollywood productions in which Rauch appeared were The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Escape to Athena (1979).

Siegfried Rauch’s most famous leading act on German 1970s television was Thomas Lieven in Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (It Can’t Always Be Caviar), based on the spy fiction novel by Johannes Mario Simmel.

He resided near Weilheim in the Bavarian Alps.

He was married to Karin and had two sons. Steve McQueen was the godfather of his son Jakob.

Rauch died on March 11, 2018 from injuries suffered when falling down stairs at a fire station near his home in Obersöchering near Munich.

He died at 85 years old.