Fritz Wepper ends his acting career after serious setbacks

Fritz Wepper and his wife will publish a book together in October. But this will be the actor’s last project, as he revealed in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”. And also that he no longer wants to be in front of a camera. “I have completed that,” explained the 82-year-old.

The last few years have not been easy for Fritz Wepper: During the pandemic, the “For Heaven’s Sake” star battled skin cancer, had to undergo emergency surgery for an abdominal tumor and suffered from COVID-19, which kept him in the hospital bed for months captivated.

Now the actor is back – as an author: His most important family members include dogs, who accompany the 82-year-old his entire life – and about whom he and his wife Susanne Kellermann wrote the book “Only with a dog am I a human being” (publication date: October 17th in Goldegg-Verlag). However, as he revealed in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”, this will be more than just a declaration of love for his dogs.

“This book will be his very last project. Fritz said that very clearly. His legacy. “It’s what he wants to leave behind,” explained Susanne Kellermann in an interview. This move also means that the actor will no longer appear on television. “I have completed that,” said Wepper.

Wepper: “I hope I’ll be back on my feet soon”

But the Munich native not only had to struggle with cancer, but also with the death of his dog Aron in May 2021. He hasn’t gotten a new dog since then, which is due to Wepper’s health.

“At the moment it is important that I can walk properly again without crutches, but I hope that I will be back on my feet soon,” he told “Bild am Sonntag”.

Fritz Wepper made his breakthrough in the role of assistant Harry Klein in the crime series “The Inspector” and “Derrick”. He was also successful with the role of Kaltenthal Mayor Wolfgang Wöller in the ARD television series “For Heaven’s Sake” and as psychiatrist Dr. Wendelin Winter in the crime series “Murder in the Best Company”. He became internationally known in 1959 through the anti-war film “Die Brücke”. Since 2020 he has been married to director Susanne Kellermann, with whom he has a daughter.

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