New Delhi: Austrian actor Peter Simonischek, best known for starring in the film Toni Erdmann, has died at the age of 76.
Austrian public broadcaster ORF, German news agency DPA, and other media outlets in Austria and Germany reported the news on Tuesday without immediately giving details of the cause of death, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria, also tweeted that Simonischek, a member of its troupe and an honorary member of the theater, had died overnight.
Simonischek appeared regularly at the Salzburg Festival, where he was known for playing the title role in the play Jedermann (Everyman), which the festival has performed regularly several times. For his role in Maren Ade’s 2016 oddball dramedy and Oscar nominee Toni Erdmann, opposite Sandra Hüller, Simonischek won the German Film Award, or Lola, and the European Film Award for Best Actor.
Among others, he was nominated for the London Critics Circle Film Awards as well as the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.
Simonischek has twice won the prestigious Grimme Prize for German TV Production.