BESEKOW, SAMUEL (1911–2001), Danish actor, director, and author. After training in Berlin with Max *Reinhardt and Erwin Piscator he became director of a workshop theater in Copenhagen, Riddersalen, where he presented works by modern playwrights. During the last years of World War ii Besekow was a refugee in Stockholm. After the war be worked as director in theaters in Copenhagen and abroad. Besekow staged Brecht's Galileo in Tel Aviv, in 1962, and Molière's The Miser for the Freie Volksbuehne in West Berlin in 1967. He wrote books about the theater, novels depicting the artist's life; Guds Gölere ("God's Jesters," 1954), a novel dealing with Jewish life in Russia, Denmark, and Germany; Ild brander, eng gror ("Fire Burns, Meadow Grows," 1958); Letters to a Theater-Crazy Professor (1959); Skrevet i Vand ("Written in Water," 1962); Skrédderens søn ("The Tailor's Son," 1964); Syvtallet ("The Number Seven," 1966); Komedianter ("The Comedians," 1969); Det musiske faenomen ("The Aesthetic Phenomenon," 1979); Fra majonaesekvarteret til det konglige teater ("From the Neighborhood of Mayonnaise to the Royal Theater," 1993).
[Torben Meyer /
Bent Lexner (2nd ed.)]