Vadim Glowna: Actor and film director

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Vadim Glowna, who died on 24 January at the age of 70, was an actor and film director best known outside his native Germany for his role in Sam Peckinpah's Second World War drama Cross of Iron (1977) alongside James Coburn and Maximilian Schell.

He had also appeared in more than 150 films and television shows since 1964.

Glowna rarely played the leading man but he shined in supporting roles, including parts in Chris Kraus's Four Minutes (2006) and Oskar Roheler's No Where To Go (2000), both of which won German Film Awards for film of the year. His one major international production was Cross of Iron, in which he played a German private.

Before working as an actor, Glowna had several jobs, including sailor, taxi driver and bellboy. He was best known in Germany for his many TV roles, among them numerous appearances on the popular crime series Tatort and Der Alte. Among the films he directed was Dies rigorose Leben (This Rigorous Life) (1983).