The Passport of German Actor + Director W. Lukschy

Wolfgang Jakob Franz Ludwig Lukschy

born on October 19, 1905, in Charlottenburg and passing away on July 10, 1983, in Berlin, was a prominent German actor known for his work on both the stage and in film. Additionally, he was actively engaged as a voice actor.  passport actor director Lukschy

In his early years, he spent several years apprenticing as a film graphic artist and later worked as a film copier. It was in 1928, at the age of 23, that he embarked on acting lessons under the tutelage of Paul Bildt, subsequently securing engagements at various theaters across Germany.

His theatrical journey took him to notable venues like the Berlin Volksbühne, and he graced stages in cities such as Stuttgart, Würzburg, Munich, and Hanover, until he returned to Berlin, finding a home at the Schillertheater eleven years later. In 1940, he made his debut in the world of cinema with a role in “Friedrich Schiller – Triumph of Genies,” though he would only take on a few more film roles prior to the end of World War II.

During this period, Lukschy primarily portrayed the dashing romantic lead and achieved the pinnacle of his popularity in the revue film “The Woman of My Dreams,” where he starred alongside Marika Rökk. It’s worth noting that in 1944, Lukschy was included on the Gottbegnadeten list of the Reich Ministry for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda. passport actor director Lukschy

passport actor director Lukschy
His passport was issued in 1957 in Berlin and one time renewed in 1963, until 1967, showing travels to Denmark, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, and the USA.

Post World War   passport actor director Lukschy

Following World War II, Lukschy expanded his career by venturing into directing and maintained an active presence in both theater and at the Deutsche Film AG (DEFA). On the theatrical stage, he garnered considerable recognition, with over 500 appearances in the role of Professor Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady.”

Leading and notable roles

He shared the screen with acclaimed actors like Petra Peters, Tilly Lauenstein, Walter Gross, and Karin Jacobsen, portraying leading characters in various films. In the 1960s, he made notable appearances in popular film franchises like Edgar Wallace and Karl May adaptations. His talent also extended to international cinema, featuring in movies such as “The Longest Day” (1962) and “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964).

Tatort TV Series   passport actor director Lukschy

During this period, his film roles often cast him as enigmatic figures who concealed their heightened ambitions or questionable pasts behind a veneer of outward propriety. Furthermore, Lukschy graced the small screen, starring in the crime series “Tatort” and various other television dramas.

Voice Actor   passport actor director Lukschy

A significant aspect of Lukschy’s career centered on his work as a voice actor, a role he embraced with great distinction.

Renowned actors such as James Mason, Walter Matthau, Stewart Granger, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, and many others frequently had their voices lent a German resonance through his exceptional dubbing talents in movie theaters.

Notably, in the German-dubbed version of the classic film “Der Dritte Mann” (The Third Man) from 1949, he provided his voice for Joseph Cotten’s character, Holly Martins. Likewise, in the dubbed version of “Zwölf Uhr Mittags” (High Noon) in 1953, he masterfully voiced Gary Cooper in the iconic role of Town Marshal Will Kane.

Lukschy’s final resting place can be found at the Waldfriedhof Dahlem in Berlin, specifically in Dept. 1B-6.

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1. What are the earliest known examples of passports, and how have they evolved?

The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...

2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?

Every collector is doing well to define his collection focus, and yes, there are collectors looking for Celebrity passports and travel documents of historical figures like Winston Churchill, Brothers Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Read more...

3. How did passport designs and security features change throughout different periods in history, and what impact did these changes have on forgery prevention?

"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...

4. What are some of the rarest and most valuable historical passports that have ever been sold or auctioned?

Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...

5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?

Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.

6. Can you provide insights into the stories behind specific historical passports that offer unique insights into past travel and migration trends?

A passport tells the story of its bearer and these stories can be everything - surprising, sad, vivid. Isabella Bird and her travels (1831-1904) or Mary Kingsley, a fearless Lady explorer.

7. What role did passports play during significant historical events, such as wartime travel restrictions or international treaties?

During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...

8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?

Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.

9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?

Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.

10. Where can passport collectors find reliable resources and reputable sellers to expand their collection and learn more about passport history?

A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉

Other great sources are: Scottish Passports, The Nansen passport, The secret lives of diplomatic couriers

11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?

First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...

Does this article spark your curiosity about passport collecting and the history of passports? With this valuable information, you have a good basis to start your own passport collection.

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