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Austrian actor Karlheinz Böhm dies

Austrian actor Karlheinz Böhm in Berlin in 2009.
Austrian actor Karlheinz Böhm in Berlin in 2009.
Austrian actor Karlheinz Böhm in Berlin in 2009.
By Walker Simon
BERLIN — Karlheinz Böhm, an Austrian actor and human rights activist who founded an aid group dedicated to helping people in Ethiopia, died on Thursday. He was 86.

Böhm’s group, Menschen für Menschen (People for People) said he died at his home near Salzburg. It didn’t give a cause of death.

In the 1950s, the German-born Böhm starred alongside Romy Schneider in the television series Sissi, playing Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. He later appeared in Michael Powell’s 1960 thriller Peeping Tom and in movies directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

In 1981, angered at the indifference of people in rich countries to poverty in Africa, he founded Menschen für Menschen. Its projects in Ethiopia have included efforts to build schools and hospitals. The group is now led by Böhm’s wife, Almaz.

— AP

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