|Pierre Brice (born Baron Pierre Louis de Bris) is a French actor, mainly known to the audience for his role as Winnetou in German Karl May movies. With 19 he enlisted as volunteer to the French army and was fighting in the war at Indochina. From 1962 to 1968 Brice acted in, at all, eleven German western-movies after novels by German author Karl May, where he played the fictional red Indian Chief Winnetou of the Mescalero Apaches, aside to Lex Barker, Stewart Granger and Rod Cameron as the white heroes. After the movies he also acted in this role at the open-air-theatre of Bad Segeberg, Germany, from 1988 to 1991. He stayed on till 1999 as director of several open-air theatre-productions (the open-air-theatre in Bad Segeberg is dedicated only to productions of Karl May-shows).
Besides the theatre-productions he was mainly to be seen in various TV-series, like "Ein Schloss am Wörthersee" (A Castle on the Woerthersee) or "Die Hütte am See" (The Shack at the Lake). In 1979 he was again playing Winnetou in a 14-part TV-series called "Mein Freund Winnetou" (My friend Winnetou - Winnetou le Mescalero), that did not originate in Karl May-material. In 1997 he again acted in a 2part-TV-miniseries "Winnetous Rückkehr" (The return of Winnetou), that earned devastating critics by the fans, as the Winnetou-character died in the movie Winnetou III and now suddenly returned to the living (of course, this one also didn't originate in a story by Karl May).
Pierre Brice tried to escape the Winnetou-character in several movies for the big screen, e.g. as Zorro in the Italian "Zorro contro Maciste" (1963). He also worked with Terence Hill (there still called Mario Girotti) in "Schüsse im Dreivierteltakt" (Shots in 3/4 Time, 1965), again with Lex Barker in a non-Karl May-movie "Die Hölle von Manitoba" (A Place Called Glory City, 1965), in "Gern hab' ich die Frauen gekillt" (Killer's Carnival, 1966) and the 1976 TV-series "Die Mädchen aus dem Weltraum" (Star Maidens).
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