ExposedThe tragedy of an actor whose hardest role was his life.
He has always wanted to be loved. Yet love has always eluded him. As a child, tyrannized by a father who has nothing but contempt for the "weakling" and "mama's boy". As a young man subtly manipulated by a bigoted, strong-willed mother. As a stage and television actor known for his on-the-button portrayals of Mr. Everyman.
To his millions of fans, Herbert Stieglmeier is Mr. Everyman, the jovial, crafty, rough-hewn yet deep-down decent type of person they all want to be. But the tragedy of Herbert Stiegelmeier is that he actually wants to be Mr. Everyman, which forces him to live a never-ending lie.
For never will his public accept his craving for handsome young criminals and rough sex, his need to be humiliated and hurt, his crushing loneliness and self-loathing. This is the story of Herbert Stiegelmeier, a story that spans a career of fame, wealth and glory - and ends in an apotheosis of shame and squalor.