Finishes secondary school in Cologne. After the war, private acting lessons in Cologne.
Theater appearances in Bonn (Kammerspiele), Mannheim (Staatstheater) and Gelsenkirschen. For the past 35 years at the Schauspielhaus in Bochum, as well as various guest appearances at the Burgtheater, Vienna.
From 1969 on, numerous television and film roles.