(Humans for Humans). Whether in German or
English, three simple words
define a charity that has raised one-third of a billion dollars for
humanity. Whether tackling female genital mutilation, building more
schools, or digging hundreds of wells, a man who some would dismiss as
an actor" was behind all of it.
Born in 1928 to a conductor who scored many films (Karl Bohm) and a
(Thea Linhard), it was natural for Karlheinz Bohm to aim for an
career. He escaped military service, and the war embroiling Germany, by
medical condition and heading to a Swiss boarding school.
After the war, he diverted from his almost-guaranteed musical career
acting. His 35-year acting career was notable for his portrayal of
Franz Josef of Austria in the three-part, 1950s-era Sissi
the 1960s, he appeared in American films and television, including
Before he gave up his acting career in 1983,
Karlheinz Bohm could have been described as an early George Clooney: a
man, a serious actor, and even a political dilettante. But Bohm's
that he actually had given it all up for humanity.
As popular as he was in Germany, he was adored in Ethiopia. He was made
honorary citizen in 2003, and a statue of him was erected in Addis
Karlheinz Bohm died at age 86 on May 29, 2014, from complications of
He left behind seven children, four ex-wives and innumerable grateful
Good for you, Karlheinz. A good human. With a good dog.
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