Siegfried Rauch...

Siegfried Rauch’s home ...

Steve McQueen was invited to St.Blasius church in Hagen for the baptism of Siegfried's baby in 1970. Unfortunately, he got lost on the way in his Porsche car and arrived 30 minutes late!!

Siegfried lived in Murnau (2 miles from Hagen) at the time

After the baptism service, the party go for a meal in the nearby restaurant opposite the church in Hagen...

TRANSLATION: "Family party in Hagen: Steve McQueen came as guest of honour to the baptism of Siegfried Rauch's son Benedict. Over the arm...

"This is in an economy in Hagen, a small village near Murnau. When the shooting was almost finished, Steve stood in front of me and looked so funny. He did not say anything, but I knew exactly what was wrong with him: the coming farewell made him sad.
"What are you doing now?" He asked finally. I told him I was going home to Bavaria. "Oh, Bavaria", he said - he knew the area from the shooting to "Busted Chains". I asked him if he wanted to visit me. "Steve," I said, "come over, we celebrate the baptism of my son, you will be his godfather and then you'll get good sauerkraut." He loved sauerkraut.
A few weeks later, after a trip to Switzerland, he came to his baptism in his 911, together with his wife Neile and his son Chad. Actually, they only wanted to stay three days, but two weeks. He did not want to go to the city to Munich, but to the mountains for hiking. "You live here so fantastic," he said again and again. I could not understand this at first, he lived in Beverly Hills and was a giant star in the USA.
But Hollywood could not only create careers, but also destroy lives. His marriage to Neile was crising at the time. I've seen in the shooting work that he was constantly surrounded by women. He could not resist these temptations." Siegfried Rauch

WHERE WAS THIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN and where was Siegfried's apartment in Murnau...

During the Le Mans filming, Siegfried Rauch went to the Auberge St Nicolas in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir:





The hotel Siegfried stayed at may have been the - INCONTOURNABLE HÔTEL DE FRANCE À LA CHARTRE SUR LE LOIR

Details about the hotel:




Solar workshops in Arnage:




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See this interview from 2014:


Google Translation of a part of this interview:
"I have always dreamed of a farm, love the atmosphere and the history of old houses! In 1973, I moved into this farmhouse from 1742 with my family. At that time we lived with only one child in a beautiful apartment in Murnau, but it was very child-friendly there, such as that the lawn was not allowed to be entered. And since my children did not feel like they were unwanted, we started looking for a place to like children. And that was here. My sons had a happy childhood here, were welcome everywhere in the village community, and were allowed to play and scream as and when they liked. That has given them much for later life."

Note - Steve McQueen was the Godfather of his son Benedikt***


Siegfried moved to a farm in Untersochering in 1973...

At Home With Siggi -

Siegfried Rauch, the German actor who portrayed Steve McQueen's ruthless racing rival Erich Stahler in the 1971 classic film Le Mans, has died (on Sunday, 11th March 2018). He was 85.

Rauch died Sunday night as a result of a fall in his hometown of Untersochering, Bavaria, his agency announced. Rauch also appeared in the war films Patton (1970), directed by Franklin J. Schaffner; John Sturges' The Eagle Has Landed (1976); George P. Cosmatos' Escape to Athena (1979); and Sam Fuller's The Big Red One (1980).

Le Mans, directed by Lee H. Katzin, tells the story of the Porsche and Ferrari rivalry through the eyes of two drivers — Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen) and Stahler. It was filmed on location at the Le Mans circuit in France and incorporated incredible footage from the actual 24-hour endurance event in 1970.

Off-camera, McQueen and Rauch became lifelong friends, with the American actor becoming the godfather to Rauch's son Benedikt.

Rauch first came to the attention of McQueen with his small role as Captain Oskar Steiger in the Oscar best picture winner Patton. Their friendship was documented in the recent book Our Le Mans – The Film, The Friendship, The Facts by Hans Hamer.


"He grew up in America in the same way I'd grown up in Bavaria. Working with farmers for a glass of milk … he found that sort of thing fascinating," Rauch recalled.

"He came to visit me at my home. We were all sitting together, my mother was still alive, and I still remember what he said to me: 'You know, I never had this.' He meant a sense of home. He always had to fight, but he was good at it."


Rauch was taught to drive his Ferrari by former British racing star Michael Parkes. The top speed they reached was 330 kmh (205 mph). "The smallest accidents would cause these cars to burst into flames," he said. "And, of course, you had to get out fast, and there was no time to fumble with your safety belt. I learned that you have 15 seconds to get clear."

In Fuller's epic The Big Red One, Rauch portrayed Schroeder, the crafty and savage German who served as the counterpart to Lee Marvin's unnamed sergeant. The film is noted for being heavily cut upon its original release, with a reconstructed version premiering decades later at the Cannes Film Festival.

In his homeland, Rauch was a prolific film and television actor, appearing as the captain of the cruise ship on the long-running program Das Traumschiff (think The Love Boat) and on the series It Can't Always Be Caviar.

Survivors include his wife Karin and his sons Jakob and Benedikt.

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