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The Old Fox 

Der Alte (original title)
A police department, lead by an older, experienced detective solve crimes together.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Ande Michael Ande ...  Gerd Heymann / ... 401 episodes, 1977-2016
Markus Böttcher Markus Böttcher ...  Werner Riedmann / ... 282 episodes, 1986-2015
Ulf Söhmisch Ulf Söhmisch ...  Polizeiarzt 273 episodes, 1983-2013
Rolf Schimpf ...  Leo Kress / ... 223 episodes, 1986-2009
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ...  Axel Richter 169 episodes, 1997-2015
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A police department, lead by an older, experienced detective solve crimes together.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

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German

Release Date:

11 April 1977 (West Germany) See more »

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El viejo See more »

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Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Mono (1977-1994)| Stereo (1994-????)

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1.33 : 1
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one of the best.
17 December 2012 | by frank_raijmakersSee all my reviews

The Old Fox (original German title "Der Alte", lit. "The Old Man") is a German crime drama created by Helmut Ringelmann. It premiered on April 11, 1977 on ZDF. Since 1978 the series is part of the legendary Friday Crime Night of the network.

It depicts the crime solving activities of four police detectives, Chief Inspector Erwin Köster, played by Siegfried Lowitz until 1985, from 1986 to 2007 Chief Inspector Leo Kress, played by Rolf Schimpf, from 2008 to 2012 Chief Inspector Rolf Herzog, played by Walter Kreye and from 2012 Chief Inspector Richard Voss, played by Jan-Gregor Kremp.

Humble and unassuming in appearance, chief detective Köster is the "Old Fox". By understanding the psychological make-up of his suspect, the "Old Fox" craftily leads the criminal into his own trap, to the great surprise of his often perplexed staff. The "Old Fox" has his own way of working. Wearied by the negative elements he has witnessed so often in society, the "Old Fox" provides a unique insight into human nature.

Armed with the wisdom of age and experience, the "Old Fox" hunts down criminals in Munich, assisted by his colleagues Werner Riedmann, played by Markus Böttcher, Gerd Heymann, played by Michael Ande, and Axel Richter, played by Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss.


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