Austrian actor and humanitarian Karlheinz Böhm has died. He was best known for his portrayal of Emperor Franz Joseph in the beloved 1950s film series "Sissi."
Karlheinz Böhm died aged 86 after a long illness at his home in Grödig, near Salzburg late Thursday, a spokesperson from his aid organization announced on Friday.
As an actor, Böhm was primarily known for his role as Emperor Franz Joseph in the much loved "Sissi" films alongside Romy Schneider.
Böhm was also the founder of the aid organization Menschen für Menschen, or People for People. The charity helps people in need in Ethiopia and has been led for some years by his Ethiopian wife, Almaz. Last December, she gave up her position as CEO of the organization in order to care for her husband.
hc/jr (dpa, AFP)