Veteran German actor Heinz Bennent died on Oct. 12. He was 90.
The Aachen-born (July 18, 1921) Heinz Bennent never became an international name despite several important roles in international films. Among those were Ingmar Bergman’s Anglo-German drama The Serpent’s Egg (1978), opposite Liv Ullmann and David Carradine; François Truffaut’s The Last Metro (1980), which earned Bennent a Best Supporting Actor Cesar nomination; and Andrzej Zulawski’s Franco-German psychological thriller Possession (1981), with Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill.
Bennent’s German films include Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975); Schlöndorff’s Academy Award winning drama The Tin Drum (1979); and Ute Wieland’s Im Jahr der Schildkröte (1988), which earned Bennent a Best Actor German Film Award.
Heinz Bennent’s children, Anne Bennent and David Bennent, are both actors. David had the lead in the World War II-set The Tin Drum, playing the boy/midget who never grows neither up nor old while wreaking havoc in the lives of all around him.