Wolfgang Lippert (actor)
Wolfgang Lippert (born 16 February 1952 in Berlin) is a German entertainer and actor. He was one of the most popular entertainers of the GDR. After working as an auto mechanic and photographer Lippert "Lippi" came into the show business as a TV show host and singer.
Afterwards Lippert was on tour with his own rock music band and sang also for broadcast productions. With his band he was also once guest in the child broadcast production "Hey Du". The regisseur was inspired by Lippert's way of working with the children and offered him a job moderating the broadcast production.
Lippert accepted the offer and from 1983 to 1986 was the moderator of the monthly program. In 1982 he landed a hit with "Erna Kommt" and became famous overnight in the entire GDR. Afterwards followed mostly hits, among other things "Tutti Paletti".
In 1984 Lippert on East German television got its first evening-filling TV show with the title "Meine erste Show" (my first show). Whereupon evening shows followed as e.g. "Glück muß man haben" (a quiz show) (1988–1997) and "Ein Kessel Buntes" (the most famous Saturday night TV show on East German television) (1988). After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 he wes elected as the "television favourite of the year". With the television show "Stimmt's" at Radio Bremen he was the first moderator from the former GDR, who moderated its own show on "West German television". On 26 September 1992 he became successor to Thomas Gottschalk with "Wetten, dass..?", the most popular German Saturday night show by the ZDF. After only nine shows, however, he had to leave the show. Apart from "Wetten, dass..?", Lippert has also moderated other shows, such as "Der Große Preis" (most famous quiz show on German television in those days) (1991), where he substituted for Wim Thoelke, or the talk show "3 nach 9" by Radio Bremen.
From 1997 till 1999 he moderated the ZDF television show "Wintergarten".
In 2001 Lippert was an actor in the ZDF serial production "Wilder Kaiser" and sat on the jury of the Miss Germany election. Since 2000 Lippert has been seen as a singer and an actor in the spectacular open air show/play Störtebeker Festspiele on the isle of Rügen.
In 2002 Lippert was asked by the German Parliament to develop a TV series "Politibongo" for the children's channel of ARD and ZDF. Since January 2006 he has been on tour through Germany alongside the East German play legend Herbert Köfer in the Boulevard play "Der Liebesfall".