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Subject: Archive: Horst Buchholz, Mar. 3, 2003

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Date Posted: Saturday, March 03, 03:51:05pm

Horst Buchholz, a German actor whose Hollywood credits include roles in Billy Wilder's cold war satire ''One, Two, Three'' and ''The Magnificent Seven,'' died here today. He was 69.

Mr. Buchholz, who was recovering from a broken thighbone, died in intensive care, a hospital spokesman said.

Called the James Dean of German films for the rebellious teenagers he played in the late 1950's, Mr. Buchholz moved to the United States and had his first Hollywood hit with a role in ''The Magnificent Seven,'' the 1960 western with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and James Coburn.

The next year the Wilder cast him alongside James Cagney in ''One, Two, Three.''

Set at the time of the building of the Berlin Wall, it features Cagney as a Coca-Cola executive who learns his boss's daughter has secretly married a Communist, played by Mr. Buchholz.

He also made movies in Britain, Spain, Italy and France and played a Nazi camp doctor in Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning 1997 film ''Life Is Beautiful.''

Born on Dec. 4, 1933, in the working-class Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, he was a shoemaker's son. He survived World War II in the countryside, sent there for protection from Allied bombing raids on the capital.

In the tough postwar years, Mr. Buchholz got his first stage role at 15 in a Berlin theater version of the German children's classic ''Emil and the Detectives.''

He dropped out of high school in 1950, took acting lessons and worked toward his film career with roles on Berlin stages over the next five years. His Broadway debut came in 1959 in ''Cherie.''

He is survived by his wife, Myriam Bru, a former actress, and two children.

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Horst Bucholz torture scene in "One, Two, Three"Forced to listen to a certain song!Saturday, March 03, 03:58:59pm
Didn't he die stemming from a chronic starvation/fasting/anorexia? (NT)Only actor to die on 03-03-03!Saturday, March 03, 06:16:42pm

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