Gallant, multifaceted, chameleon and current. German Kraus stands as an all-terrain artist, who jumped onto the boards to play characters decades ago and evolved to become an absolute figure in the Argentine entertainment world.
Dozens of papers swarm in the collective unconscious, of roles, which transcended the ages. Far from appeasing his activity, the actor continues with intense activity at 78 years old. Of course, a small portion of society knows the story behind his name.
In your document it doesn’t look like German Kraus, which comes from an idea of a television producer, that first man who bet on his talent decades ago in eltrece. Incredible but real. Even his parents, his wife and his daughter address him as Germán.
The true identity of the artist is Oscar Grillo. The plot of that nickname enlists a series of very peculiar circumstances. “The story of my name change is very funny. I was doing a play at the San Martín Theater but the path that was economically profitable was television. One day a producer called me, Jacinto Pérez Heredia, and he told me that he urgently wanted to see me on Channel 13, ”he began. German in the story.
Then everything comes back to a surprise casting, to an opportunity to demonstrate his skills for what he had to improvise in a studio full of cameramen. “They were looking for someone for Estrellita… that poor peasant, with Marta González. She was scheduled for three months and we spent two years with high ratings. Jacinto suggested that I change my name. He told me: ‘no, not Grillo,’” he recalled.
After convincing the work team, Jacinto urged him to find another identity and the inspiration is very particular: “’Let’s find a name that has to do with his physical appearance. You look like a German’, he told me”. So everything was linked to his look.
But that’s not all, because ultimately the idea came from an ordinary object. This is how the actor told it: “We took the name Germán Kraus out of the telephone book. That’s how it went. I’ve been with Kraus for many more years than with Grillo. And the incredible thing is that even my mom, my dad and my brother called me Germán. My wife and daughter already knew me as Kraus”.
Introverted in real life, more prone to silence than exposure, Germán built a couple 40 years ago with Maria Christina Vegafrom which landed to this world triana cricket. About that light that illuminates his heart, Kraus described: “He is an architect, he lives with his partner close to home. We have a very close relationship. She is very adventurous, she skates, she dances. She doesn’t want to be a mom and I understand her.”