The Austrian actor Karl Merkatz (1930-2022) is dead. He died two weeks after his 92nd birthday on Sunday morning at his home in Irrsdorf near Straßwalchen in the province of Salzburg.
Merkatz became known as Edmund "Mundl" Sackbauer in the television series "Ein Echter Wiener geht nicht" (1975-1979) and with the film series "Der Bockerer" (1981, 1996, 2000, 2003). In the cult series "Irgendwie und Sowieso" (1986) he was seen as Kerschbaumer, the stepfather of Sir Quickly (Ottfried Fischer, 69). Most recently, he played in "Small Big Voice" (2015) and the biopic "Otto Neururer - Hoffnungsvolle Darkness" (2019).
Theater played Merkatz on stages in Munich, Hamburg and Vienna. At the Salzburg Festival he could be seen in "Jedermann". He has received several awards for his acting skills, including the Austrian and German Film Awards, the Romy and the Austrian Cross of Honor.
"With Karl Merkatz, a great character actor died today, whose personifications, such as Bockerer or Mundl, have left their mark on the collective consciousness of the country. Karl Merkatz was also an incredibly emphatic and committed person. His heart was in the right place . My thoughts are with his family and friends during these hours," Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen (78) paid tribute to the artist via Twitter.
And Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer (50) tweeted: "As 'Der Bockerer', but also as 'Mundl Sackbauer', Karl Merkatz film
Karl Merkatz leaves behind his wife (from 1956) and two daughters.