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Peter Simonischek Austrian Actor

The Austrian national theater Burgtheater announced that Peter Simonischek died “surrounded by his family at his home in Vienna” on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday

Peter Simonischek, Austrian actor known for his role in the 2016 Oscar-nominated film Toni Erdmann, died at the age of 76 on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday.

Austria’s national theatre, the Burgtheater, announced Simonischek’s passed away in a statement shared on its website on Tuesday, noting that the actor died “surrounded by his family at his home in Vienna,” according to a German-language translation of the website. The cause of passed away was not immediately released.

“The Burgtheater loses a loving and caring colleague, a friend, a man of heart, an exceptional personality,” the statement of Simonischek’s passed away reads, describing the actor as “a person who took a stand, who was interested in the problems of the time and defended his opinion.”

Simonischek, born in Graz, Austria, in 1946, began his acting career in Switzerland and worked as an ensemble member at the Schaubühne Theater in Berlin from 1979 to 1999, according to the Burgtheater’s website.

The actor then joined the Burgtheater ensemble in 1999 and was made an honorary member of the country’s national theater in 2019, playing a wide variety of classical roles during his time on stage, according to the theater’s obituary.

Simonischek completed his active theatrical career with screen work starting in the 1970s, working mainly in German-language television and cinema. He was best known for his performance in the 2016 German-Austrian-Romanian comedy Toni Erdmann, in which he played a father who tried to reconnect with his mature daughter by putting on a ridiculous costume and joining her at social events.

Toni Erdmann, directed by German filmmaker Maren Ade, received a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

Although the Iranian film The Seller won the Oscar that year, Toni Erdmann “was an undisputed hit with the audience at the Cannes Film Festival,” and Simonischek broke new ground by becoming the first Austrian actor to win the European Film Award for Best actor for his leading performance in the film, according to the Burgtheater.

“The Burgtheater is losing a complex, versatile and brilliant artist. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family,” the theater ended in its statement on Simonischek’s passed away on Tuesday.

Simonischek was a regular performer at the annual Austrian music and theater festival Salzburg Festival, where he frequently performed in performances of the play Jedermann (Everyman), according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also made a minor appearance in the most recent Fantastic Beasts movie, Dumbledore’s Secrets, as a cage guard who briefly interacts with protagonist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) while rescuing his brother Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner).

“With [Simonischek], we have lost a great and extraordinary colleague and friend,” Austrian director Martin Kušej said of the actor’s passed away in a statement released by the Burgtheater on Tuesday. “All of us, the Burgtheater, but also his audience and the inhabitants of this city and this country will say goodbye to him with a special committal at the Burgtheater.”

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