Fritz Wepper 1972

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German actor Fritz Wepper on the cover of Bravo of 5 July 1972

Wepper was on TV at the time as junior police detective Harry Klein in the hugely popular series Der Kommissar. Towards the end of that series, he transferred — character and all — to the new detective series Derrick, where the titular character’s command to Harry to fetch the car has become a cultural reference in Germany.

He also appeared in the 1972 film Cabaret as Fritz Wendel, the guy who has a crush on Liza Minelli’s Sally Bowles. “And here’s the craziness: I like it. God damn it!”

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