Bassermann, Albert

▪ German actor
born Sept. 7, 1867, Mannheim, Baden [Germany]
died May 15, 1952, Zürich, Switz.

      stage and screen actor known as one of the finest German interpreters of Henrik Ibsen (Ibsen, Henrik).

      Bassermann began his career in Mannheim in 1887 and during engagements in several cities established himself in character roles from the works of William Shakespeare, Friedrich von Schiller, and J.W. von Goethe. From 1890 to 1895 he was with the Meiningen (Meiningen Company) court theatre, and in 1899 he joined Otto Brahm (Brahm, Otto) in Berlin, where he established his reputation as an excellent interpreter of Ibsen. He was a member of Max Reinhardt (Reinhardt, Max)'s company from 1909 to 1915.

      After World War I, Bassermann worked in some of Leopold Jessner (Jessner, Leopold)'s Expressionist productions of the classics, and in 1933 he left Germany to protest the Nazi regime. In 1938 he went to the United States, where he played in a variety of Hollywood films. Despite his inability to speak English, Bassermann learned his lines phonetically, became one of Hollywood's top character actors, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Alfred Hitchcock (Hitchcock, Sir Alfred)'s Foreign Correspondent (1940). Returning to Europe in 1946, he toured with his own company, whose repertory included Ibsen's Ghosts and Schiller's Wilhelm Tell.

      Bassermann was noted for his infinite care with the details of his characterizations, to which he gave an individual stamp, often in defiance of tradition.

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