Pierre Brice, the French actor who fascinated the German fans of Western films in his role as Apache chief “Winnetou” and conquered millions of hearts recently passed away at the age of 86.
At the Berlin Film festival in 1962, he was recruited as Apache chief “Winnetou” for the German filming of the Wild West noval “Treasure of the Silver Lake” by the prolific adventure writer Karl May.
His stoic physical presence, memorable facial expressions and third-person speech, turned “Winnetou” into a strong figure of identification for Germans with the plight of America’s indigenous peoples and the ideal of untamed wilderness. The film series ran to 11 editions before finishing in 1968, with Pierre Brice a cult figure in Germany, Austria and neighboring Czechslovakia, alongside Old Shatterhand Lex Barker and Old Surehand Steward Granger as the cowboys.
Martin Böttcher who composed the famous soundtracks of the Karl May movies and SMV Schacht Musikverlage are very sad. “We will never forget our Winnetou, Pierre Brice will be widely missed.”