by Brian Brooks (July 25, 2007)

At the Toronto International Film Festival in September ’06, is the late actor Ulrich Muhe, star of “The Lives of Others” with the film’s director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard. Muhe, an acclaimed German actor who played a Stasi agent in the movie, died earlier this week of stomach cancer at the age of 54, five months after the film won the Oscar for best foreign language film. The Associated Press reported that Muhe died in Walbeck, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, quoting a town mayor. “Germany mourns an outstanding artist and a great personality,” wrote German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a condolence letter to Muhe’s widow, according to Spiegel Online. In the Guardian Unlimited, Shane Danielsen noted that Muhe is well known in his home country for “The Last Witness” (Der Letzte Zeuge), “a TV show screened on ZDF about a pathologist that’s widely regarded as Germany’s best crime series. For nine seasons, as the fastidious, melancholy Dr Robert Kolmaar, he displayed the same qualities of watchfulness and intelligence he bought to his role in ‘The Lives of Others’ – arguably the finest screen performance of 2006…”

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