Marianne Koch

Marianne Koch (born 19 August 1931) is a retired German actress of the 1950s and 1960s, best known for her appearances in spaghetti westerns and adventure films of the 1960s. She later worked as a television host and as a physician.

Marianne Koch
Marianne Koch in A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Born (1931-08-19) 19 August 1931
Years active1950–1971
Spouse(s)Gerhard Freund (1953–1973) (divorced) 2 children
Partner(s)Peter Hamm (1970s until his death in 2019)


Between 1950 and 1971, Koch appeared in more than 65 films, among them a number of international film productions. In the haunting 1954 espionage thriller Night People she starred alongside Gregory Peck. Sergio Leone's 1964 production A Fistful of Dollars showcased her alongside Clint Eastwood as a civilian tormented by ruthless local gangsters, torn between her husband and child and the villains. In Germany she was probably best-loved for her many years of participation in the highly popular TV game show Was bin ich?, the German adaption of the American TV show What's My Line, which ran from the 1950s until 1988 and achieved ratings of up to 75% at its peak.

In 1971, she resumed the medical studies she had broken off in the early 1950s to become an actress.[1] She earned her Medical Doctor degree in 1974 and practiced medicine until 1997 as a specialist in Munich. Also in 1974, she was one of the initial hosts of Germany's pioneering talk show 3 nach 9 (Three After Nine), for which she was awarded one of the most prestigious awards of the German television industry, the Grimme-Preis. She also hosted other television shows and, as of 2014, still has a medical advice program on radio.

Personal life

In 1953, she married the physician Gerhard Freund, with whom she has two sons. The marriage ended in 1973 after Freund began an affair with Miss World 1956, Petra Schürmann, whom he later wed.



  1. Dürnberger, Barbara (19 August 2016). Bodmer, Oliver (ed.). "Ärztin aus Leidenschaft". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 26 April 2019.
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