|Capital:||€ 3 million|
|Country of origin:||Bavaria|
|Source of wealth:||actor|
How big Ottfried Fischer’s assets are cannot be quantified exactly. What is certain is that during his active time he was one of the highest paid German actors and cabaret artists. For a series of the cult series “The Bulle of Tölz” he received a fee of 200,000 euros.
His trademarks included an ingenious sense of humor and an oversized waist circumference that radiated Bavarian cosiness.
Ottfried Fischer grew up isolated on a farm in the Bavarian Forest. His father came from Paderborn and owned a fish shop in Gelsenkirchen before he married Fischer’s mother and moved to Bavaria.
Fischer was a student at the Maristengymnasium in Fürstenzell near Passau. Even then he was popular with his classmates as an entertainer. After graduating from high school, his father initially motivated him to study law at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, which was short-lived. After dropping out of law school, Fischer concentrated on his career as a cabaret artist.
Fischer had his first success in 1983 when he became part of the cabaret television show “Meine guests and me”. As a solo artist, he first made a name for himself in 1989 with the stage program “Difficult is easy what”. The second solo tour “What to do” followed in 1994.
In the meantime, Fischer gained popularity among television audiences thanks to his roles in successful series such as “Somehow and Anyway”, which initially came primarily from Bavaria. It was only through the series “Zur Freiheit” that he became known throughout Germany.
He was soon able to look forward to roles in feature films. As in the cult films “Go Trabi Go” or “The Super Jam”, his roles were often comedic in character.
In 1995, Fischer’s success culminated in front of the camera in the home thriller series “Der Bulle von Tölz”, which enjoyed great popularity among the public until 2009. Ultimately, the series was discontinued due to Fischer’s Parkinson’s disease, which he made public in 2008.
After the shock diagnosis, Fischer limited himself to isolated cabaret appearances and the role of Pastor Braun, in which he appeared on ARD until 2014.
The highlight in Fischer’s career was the main role in the cult series “Der Bulle von Tölz”. As Commissioner Benno Berghammer, he convicted criminals and embodied Bavarian folklore in an inimitable way. In addition, Fischer never missed an opportunity to loosen up the crime story with cabaret acts.
Fischer himself spoke of the fact that he had succeeded in “seriesing the entertainment circle” in the series, “to have a high level of acceptance from the auxiliary worker to the university professor.”
In 1997 he was honored for his role as Benno Berghammer with the “Golden Gong”. He was also awarded the “Romy” in gold in 1989, 2001, 2002 and 2004 as the most popular male series star.
“The fact that I have become a successful person is also due to the fact that I forced myself to do something better due to a certain obesity and the feeling of unattractiveness.”
“I’m not the classic playboy. The women always came to me. I am more of a closed person who never notices anything and only realizes after years that something could have happened. Maybe a little puberty trauma. Those who are fat during puberty think that they have no chance with women anyway. That is a mistake, I can only say to all fat people. ”
“The Bavarian as such is a bit schizophrenic, which can be seen from the fact that he gets terribly upset when a politician enriches himself, but then immediately says:“ Bläd wara, wannas ned dad, i dads ja a ”!
In 2014 a “Bulle von Tölz” museum opened in Bad Tölz, at the inauguration of which Fischer was present. In addition, the Tölz Kurverwaltung gives tours of the various filming locations, which is touted as “bull pilgrims”. In the meantime, an own travel guide with the title “On the trail of the bull” has appeared
Despite his financial rise, Fischer remained true to his left-wing views throughout his life. He supported the red-green government in the 2005 federal election campaign. He also took part in events organized by the European Left