On "Talking Germany" – host Peter Craven talks to Percy Adlon about films, freedom and finger-wrestling.
Percy Adlon has made more than 150 feature films and documentaries in the course of his career. His most famous film is "Out of Rosenheim." Known under its international title, "Bagdad Cafe" it became a world-wide box office hit at the end of the 1980s. Percy Adlon was born on June 1, 1935 in Munich. He was raised by his mother, the hotel heiress Susanne Adlon, on the shores of Bavaria's Lake Starnberg. His father, Susanne's lover, was the popular opera tenor, Rudolf Laubenthal. Rudolf was known for playing Wagnerian parts so Susanne called their son Parsival. Later, Adlon shortened his name to Percy.
After studying German, art history and drama he began working in 1958, primarily as an actor, at a Munich theater. It was there that he met his wife, Eleonore. They married and brought up two children, Felix and Saskia. After achieving a major breakthrough with "Out of Rosenheim," he and his family fulfilled a life's dream and moved to the film capital of the world, Los Angeles. When he's working on a project in Berlin, as a member of the Adlon family, of course he has a right to stay at the luxury hotel of the same name. His great-grandfather, Lorenz Adlon, founded the famed establishment in 1907.