The casual presentation and charismatic bass voice with which William Cohn made guests on the “Roche & Böhmermann” talk show, or his scathing remarks announcing contributions to Jan Böhmermann’s “Neo Magazin Royale”, made the speaker, actor and singer into something like an unmistakable brand. In them, which was enhanced by his stunning appearance – in terms of the choice of sweaters, he was at least as distinguished as the former politician of the Free Democratic Party Hans-Dietrich Genscher. In short: William Cohen enjoyed cult status.
He died Thursday “suddenly and unexpectedly” in Basel at the age of 65, his management of the Internet service T-Online confirmed. No further details about the available conditions. “You are an impressive theatrical person. Happy journey, William,” Boomermann praised his ex-boyfriend on Twitter. ProSieben tweeted: “Too early, too early,” “William, take care,” ZDF.
‘pungent, oddly awkward’
“I tend to say what I think,” director Darlene Fisher described Cohn’s motto in life, confirming the impression viewers had of him.
What also belonged to his trademark was a mystery. The title of his 2017 book was “Cohen’s Good Manners: Stylish in All Situations,” in which he shared with his fans his unbeatable sense of style and Cohn’s manners. “Bitting, weird madness,” was the way his sarcastic etiquette was appreciated.
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On the other hand, Cohn’s role as arms dealer Caspar in the popular musical “Ludwig²” was less well known than his television appearance. In more than 600 shows, he has given voice and volume to this character in his iconic role. “He has now left the stage that meant so much to him,” said his manager, Gerd Fischer.
William Cohn grew up in a family of musicians in Columbia. From there he went to Vienna, where he decided to pursue a career as an actor and singer. He studied singing and acting in Munich, Vienna, Los Angeles and Saint Petersburg.
William Cohn “leaves a huge void. With his family, his closest friends. In the local media landscape,” said Director Fisher – one can’t help but agree.