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Louis Schneider

Louis Schneider

Louis Schneider (April 29, 1805 - December 16, 1878), German actor and author, was born at Berlin, the son of George Abraham Schneider (1770-1839).

At an early age he was engaged at the Royal Theatre, Berlin, where he soon rose to play leading comedy parts. His reputation as a comedian grew with his success in such roles as Zierl in the Einfahrt vom Lande, Peter in the Kapellmeister von Venedig, Schikaneder in the Schuuspieidirektor and Basileo in Figaro's Hochzeit, and he became the favourite of Berlin.

In 1845 he was appointed head of the Royal opera in Berlin. But his bold patriotic couplets and impromptus during the revolutionary year 1848 necessitated his retirement, and thereafter he translated and adapted for the stage Mozart's Cosi fan tutti; published, under the pseudonym LW Both, Das Buhnenrepertoire des Auslandes; and founded, as a result of his experiences as a soldier in the Danish war of 1849, the periodical Der Soldatenfreund.

He also wrote Geschichte der Oper und des Opernhauses in Berlin (1845-1852). Soon after his retirement he was appointed reader to Frederick William IV of Prussia, and subsequently he received the title of Geheimen Hofrat. He continued to enjoy the favour of the court, and, as correspondent of the Staatsanzeiger, was attached to the headquarters staff of the Prussian army during the campaign of 1866; and, by special invitation, accompanied the emperor William during the war of 1870. Schneider also wrote a novel, Das bose Gluck, and several volumes of reminiscences: Konig Wilhelm (1869), Kaiser Wilhelm, 1867-1871 (1875). He died at Potsdam on the 16th of December 1878.

See his posthumous memoirs, Aus meinem Leben (Berlin, 1879 1880), and Aus dem Leben Kaiser Wilhelms (1888), which caused some sensation on their publication.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Louis Schneider Facts

OccupationActor, Writer
BirthdayApril 29, 1805
BirthplaceBerlin, Germany
Date of deathDecember 16, 1978 (age 173)

Selected Filmography

Necessary Roughness
The Art Dealer
Eddie and the Cruisers
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Love at the Top
The Last Train
The Rugrats Movie
Unlikely Heroes
Everything Put Together
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