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"Lives" star dies

By gabe | Gabe's Declaration of Principles July 26, 2007 at 2:15AM

"Lives" star dies

Ulrich Mühe, star of 'Lives of Others', dies aged 54

"Millions of cinema goers will remember him simply as Gerd Wiesler, the chillingly ruthless yet ultimately conscience-wracked Stasi police captain who spies on Communism's enemies as the central character in the Oscar-winning German film The Lives of Others.

Germany was shocked and saddened to learn yesterday that Ulrich Mühe, the award-winning actor behind Wiesler's brilliant portrayal, died of cancer on Sunday at his home in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt aged only 54.