Monday, 2 June 2014

RIP Carl Boehm

Carl Boehm, who so utterly chilled, repulsed and got right under my skin in Michael Powell's controversial 1960 classic Peeping Tom, has passed away aged 86.

Born in Germany in 1928, Boehm came to fame with his performance, alongside blog favourite Romy Schneider, as Franz Joseph I of Austria in the Sissi film trilogy. Subsequent Hollywood roles included Disney's The Magnificent Rebel, The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm and The Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse, but it's his celebrated role of Mark, the voyeuristic cameraman killer determined to record the last moments of the lives of his female victims as a result of his own abused and spied upon childhood, in Peeping Tom that he will be most remembered for.

Away from cinema, Boehm was a great humanitarian who set up Humans for Humans, helping people in need in Ethiopia. The country made him an honorary citizen in 2003.


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