From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaWalter Sedlmayr (6 January 1926 – 14 July 1990) was a Bavarian stage, television, and movie actor.
 CareerAfter his 1945 wartime Abitur, Sedlmayr served as a Flakhelfer towards the end of World War II. His acting career began with minor roles with the Münchner Kammerspiele, for which he played more than 25 years, and in numerous Heimatfilme during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1971, by now an associate of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sedlmayr was briefly arrested because a stolen artwork, the Blutenburger Madonna, was found in his house. He was later acquitted of all charges, and the media attention given to his trial helped him gain major roles. His breakthrough came with the leading role in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's movie Theodor Hirneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird (1973). Afterwards, Sedlmayr was cast in numerous popular German TV shows, including Münchner Geschichten, Der Herr Kottnik, Der Millionenbauer, and Polizeiinspektion 1; he also frequently appeared on stage and in other media.
 MurderOn 15 July 1990, Sedlmayr was found dead and mutilated in the bedroom of his Munich apartment. He had been tied up, stabbed in the stomach with a knife and beaten about the head with a hammer. On 21 May 1993, half-brothers Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber, former business associates of Sedlmayr, were sentenced to life in prison for his murder. Sedlmayr's life and murder were the subject of the 2001 biopic Wambo by Jo Baier, where he was played by Jürgen Tarrach, and of an episode of the ARD TV series Die großen Kriminalfälle. In October 2009, lawyers for Wolfgang Werlé sent the Wikimedia Foundation a cease and desist letter requesting that Werlé's name be removed from the English language Wikipedia article Walter Sedlmayr.
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 AwardIn 1973, Sedlmayr won the Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor Deutscher Filmpreis award for his role in Theodor Hirneis oder Wie man ehemaliger Hofkoch wird.
- ^ "Sedlmayr-Mörder aus Haft entlassen" (in German). Der Spiegel. http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/0,1518,499192,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- ^ Mordfall Walter Sedlmayr (on page 22) Focus magazine article, 17 January 2005, in German)
- ^ Jörg Völkerling (18 December 2004). "Neue Spur im Mordfall Sedlmayr" (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. http://www.morgenpost.de/printarchiv/panorama/article383706/Neue_Spur_im_Mordfall_Sedlmayr.html.
- ^ "Sedlmayr-Mord: Gericht prüft Wiederaufnahme des Verfahrens" (in German). Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. 12 April 2005. http://www.ksta.de/html/artikel/1113229792888.shtml.
- ^ David Kravets (11 November 2009). "Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online Convicted Murderer Sues Wikipedia, Demands Removal of His Name". Wired. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/11/wikipedia_murder/.
- ^ Copy of cease and desist letter
- ^ "Wikipedia sued for publishing convicted murderer's name". The Register. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/12/wikipedia_sued_by_convicted_murderer/.