Hanns Zischler Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 07 Jun, 2017
Facts of Hanns Zischler
Date of Birth: 1947 , June-18
Age: 74 years old
Name Hanns Zischler
Birth Name Christopher Johann Hisser
Nationality German
Birth Place/City Nuremberg, Germany
Ethnicity white
Profession Actor
Married Yes
Married to Regina Poly (m. 2008)
Children Julian Middendorf
Divorce Regina Poly (m. 2008)
Education boarding school Marquartstein
Awards German Audio Book Award
Books Lady Earl Grey
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Hanns Zischler is a German film actor, play writer, radio speaker, director, photographer, translator as well as an essayist. He also wrote books; Kafka goes to the movies and Lady Earl Gray.

In 2010, Zischler won the German Audio Book Award for Best Fiction of reading the chronicle of the feelings of Alexander Kluge alongside Peter Fricke and IIja Richter.

Early life and education

Hanns  Zischler was born as Christopher Johann Hisser on June 18, 1947, in Nuremberg. He belongs to white ethnicity and holds a German nationality.

Zischler is the son of a quarry, owner and stone dealer in the Franconian village Langenaltheim grew up. 

Zischler joined the Protestant boarding school in Ingolstadt. During his school days, he was interested in music and philosophy. Later, he attended the boarding school Marquartstein and attained his Abitur in 1966.


After his education, Zischler worked as a lecturer and translator of French philosophers and went to the Berlin Schaubuhne in 1968, where he worked as a dramaturgy and directing assistant from 1973 to 1975.

 In Karlsruhe and Basel, Zischler co-directed the play The Battle and Tractor of Heiner Muller in 1976 together with director Harun Farocki.

Zischler has been an actor since the 1970s in German film productions, including Wim Wenders,  Peter Lilienthal, Peter Handke and Rudolf Thome. 

In Thome's movies, Zischler has appeared eight times. He became known mainly through the Road movie in 1976 by Wim Wenders. He also contributed to international productions by authors such as Claude Chabrol, Istvan Szabo, and Andrew Birkin.

In the Swedish Crimean Commissioner Beck - The new cases Zischler played the role of Josef Hillman in the consequences The man without a face, The Cartel Price of Revenge (TV, 2001), Death by the ad, The boy in the glass ball , The hermit and Sender Unknown (TV, 2002). 

Where on the Berlinale 2009 premiered film Hilde about life Hildegard Knees Hisser played the role of UFA -Filmproduzenten Erich Pommer.  

 Personal life

Hanns Zischler married German landscape architect, designer as well as artist Regina Poly in 2008 and had one child, Julian Middendorf who was a German actor and yoga teacher, born on October 15, 1978, in Berlin, Germany. 

Zischler's son died On 26 March 2013, after being sick for an extended period. One year later, Zischler lost his wife on 22, July 2014 in Berlin. 

Zischler currently lives in Berlin since 1968. 

Net worth

Hanns Zischler might have earned huge net worth from his career. However, his current net worth has not been disclosed yet. He has been engaged to acting since quite a long time.