His taste in music and his British accent won him much sympathy : Chris Howland aka "Mr. Pumpernickel " was one of the most popular radio and TV presenters in Germany. Now he has died at the age of 85 years.
Howland came in 1946 as a gunner into occupied Germany. After the war he worked as a radio announcer in the British Army. Soon he had a large following in the German population. So he got his own show at the former North West German Broadcasting NWDR. From this initial period, his nickname was "Mr. Pumpernickel". His German audience he stood like before as
Howland became famous as host of "gimmicks with records", but especially with his TV show
"caution Camera". In 1959 he moved for two years back in his home country. There, however, he never achieved the fame he had in Germany.
The London-born played - mostly as a quirky supporting cast - in many films with, including Karl May movies and in the Edgar Wallace series. Most recently he was seen on the side of Oliver lime kiln and Bastian Pastewka in the movie parody "Neues vom Wixxer" in the cinema.
"The term ' legend ' is often used and much too often, but Chris Howland was really a " explained
WDR director Tom Buhrow in a message to the death of the entertainer.
HOWLAND, Chris (John Christopher Howland)
Born: 7/30/1928, London, England, U.K.
Died: 11/30/ 2013, Rösrath, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Chris Howland’s westerns – actor:
Apache Gold - 1963 (Lord Jefferson Tuff Tuff)
Legacy of the Incas – 1965 (Don Parmesan)
Blood at Sundown - 1966 (Doodle Kramer)