Gero Erhardt became a film director and cinematographer, and his son, Marek Erhardt, became an actor. The spectacle wearer and nonswimmer Erhardt was drafted into the German navy during the Second World War, but only on the third callup; he served as a piano player in the Marine orchestra and only handled weapons during his basic training. After the World War, he moved to Hamburg-Wellingsbüttel and worked beginning in 1948 as a radio moderator at NWDR. From then on he became more and more famous for his countless pun poems. Also, he became an actor. In his movies he played always a character that fit to his stage appearance as an entertainer and comedian.
His roles were polite and slightly weird persons typical for the time period of the economic miracle. Heinz Erhardt suffered a stroke in 1971, which left him unable to speak or write. He was limited to reading and understanding the speech of others; these limitations ended his long career as an actor. He was awarded the German Distinguished Service Cross four days before his death in 1979. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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