Austrian actor, aid leader Karlheinz Boehm dies

|
Photo - FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009 file picture German-Austrian actor and founder of the Human Aid organization 'People for People',   Karlheinz Boehm, photographed  during a photo call for the Walt Disney movie "oben" (above) in Berlin.. According to German news agency dpa,  Boehm has died Thursday May 29 2014 in Groeding  near Salzburg, Austria. He was 86.  (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009 file picture German-Austrian actor and founder of the Human Aid organization 'People for People', Karlheinz Boehm, photographed during a photo call for the Walt Disney movie "oben" (above) in Berlin.. According to German news agency dpa, Boehm has died Thursday May 29 2014 in Groeding near Salzburg, Austria. He was 86. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
News,World,Obituaries,Austria

BERLIN (AP) — Karlheinz Boehm, an Austrian actor and human rights activist who founded an aid group dedicated to helping people in Ethiopia, has died. He was 86.

Boehm's group, Menschen fuer Menschen ("People for People") said he died at his home near Salzburg on Thursday. It didn't give a cause of death.

In the 1950s, the German-born Boehm starred alongside Romy Schneider in the television series "Sissi," playing Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. He later appeared in Michael Powell's 1960 thriller "Peeping Tom" and in movies directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

In 1981, angered at the indifference of people in rich countries to poverty in Africa, he founded Menschen fuer Menschen. Its projects in Ethiopia have included efforts to build schools and hospitals. The group is now led by Boehm's wife, Almaz.

View article comments Leave a comment

More from washingtonexaminer.com