Henry Hübchen

Henry Hübchen (born on February 20, 1947 in Berlin) is a German actor who played the title character in the award-winning 2004 film Go for Zucker. That performance earned him a Lola, Germany's equivalent of an Oscar and critical praise at home and abroad. He was raised in East Berlin, in what was then East Germany. Critic David Denby praised his performance in Zucker, writing "veteran German theater and film actor Henry Hübchen gives this middle-aged rogue a Bellovian gusto. Hübchen has the eyes of a gentle bull and a teenager's manic energy." The New York Times said the character, Jaeckie Zucker, "suggests a German Jewish Rodney Dangerfield in his gleeful boorishness." In an August 2004 profile, German public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk said Hübchen is best known in Germany for a role on the long-running television series Polizeiruf 110. The profile says that before coming to film, he was a failed physics student, wrote songs for the East German rock group City and was twice East German windsurfing champion (in 1980 and 1981). According to the article he studied drama in Berlin and Magdeburg. He won the Berlin Theater Award (Theaterpreis Berlin) in 2000.


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