15 December, 2008

Horst Tappert (1923-2008)

Oberinspektor Derrick methodically works a case

Horst Tappert in 1998

Horst Tappert gets the drop on Dan Van Husen in DER TODESRACHER VON SOHO

Horst Tappert died in a Munich clinic at the age of 85 on December 13. Tappert was best known for his performances as Inspector Stephan Derrick in 281 episodes of the popular German crime series DERRICK which ran from 1974 to 1998. Tappert also directed some episodes.

Fans of Jess Franco will remember him in three of the director's early 1970's titles, THE DEVIL CAME FROM AKASAVA, SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY (both 1970) and DIE TODESRACHER VON SOHO (1972). He played a police inspector in SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY... but was a villain in AKASAVA and DIE TODESRACHER... .

Thanks to blog reader Asle H. Kiran for informing me of his passing.

1 comment:

Keith said...

I'm really sorry to hear of his passing. R.I.P.