Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Karlheinz Böhm

Karlheinz Böhm (r.) with Anna Massey in Peeping Tom (1960)

I haven't seen any of tonight's Akira Kurosawa movies on TCM, and I'm really not interested in tomorrow's schedule, so it's time to trawl through the birthday list again. Today marks the 82d birthday of Karlheinz Böhm, a German-born actor who made a few English-language movies, the most notable of those being Michael Powell's Peeping Tom. It's availabe on DVD, but it's a pricey one from the Criterion Collection.

Böhm retired from acting in the 1980s in order to start the charity Menschen für Menschen (sorry, but you'll have to read German), which aims to help the underprivileged of Ethiopia.

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