“Some Americans called it ’Gestapo’ and they did not like the one commercial where I kicked down the door and it looked like I barged into the home of innocent people. I don’t see what was wrong with that.” [Gregory Von Straussen aka Hans Strudel].
Gregory Von Straussen just recently turned fourteen years old, and the yodeling Tyrolean-Austrian boy is one of America’s most famous faces — so why doesn’t anyone seem to know his name. Well — NOW YOU DO — he’s Hans Strudel !!! For more pics of him click here —–>more pics
Yes, folks, Gregory Von Straussen is the young actor with the angelically Aryan good looks who landed the job of playing Hans Strudel in the Toaster Strudel commercials. It’s one of the most aired commercials in all of American television.
On a recent trip to NYC people pointed at him and called him Hans Strudel. He even signed about 100 autographs in one day, and he was gracious enough to sign each one with the name of the character he portrays.
“I had to invent a completely different signature for Hans Strudel because Americans didn’t seem to care that I had a real name and that my character in the commercial is not my real identity,” said Gregory in his very thick German accent from the large A-Frame log house he shares with his parents in Innsbruck, Austria.
“If I tell people that I am Gregory Von Straussen, they become instantly uninterested and walk away, but when I smile and say that I am Hans Strudel, the people in the USA go crazy. I love American movies and movie stars, and I even went to the Grand Canyon two times, but I have to say that the American people are very flaky (chuckles) just like toaster strudel, yah?”
Yah, indeed ! The young actor model speaks perfect English but there is no mistaking that German accent of his. It sounds so familiar and heartwarming, It even landed him a part in an American TV show written by this well-known writer —->http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3834680/
“Actually, I have an Austrian accent and there is a difference. I live on the western part of Austria – a strip between Italy and Germany – so I also speak formal German and Italian. I know I have an accent but I am going to a new school to try and fix that. My English teacher at my school in Austria was not a very good teacher and she had a very bad accent that she passed on to all of the students. One day a local inspector came to our school to hear our English lessons and after that we never saw that teacher again. The new teacher is from England and they say that’s the best English of all to learn and so far I am in that class for six months and getting the best grades.”
TheDamienZone.com figured that Gregory was grown up enough to answer some pretty adult questions, and when we asked him about the complaints the Hans Strudel commercials were generating in certain circles, Gregory was eager to answer.
“Some Americans called it ’Gestapo’ and they did not like the one commercial where I kicked down the door and it looked like I barged into the home of innocent people. I don’t see what was wrong with that. If you have something the people need — and everybody needs Toaster Strudel — why would you not kick in the door to make sure they get the message? I know that in some parts of the USA they do not show that version of the commercial anymore, and now the commercial is very ‘Hollywood’ and what I would call….shticky. I don’t like that version. It does not show the brotherhood of the people who share the message of Toaster Strudel.”
Currently, Gregory is doing a series of TV spots for a Kosher sausage company that will air throughout most of the German speaking world and he is also filming Italian and English language versions.
“My new agent is a nice man named Morty, and he thought that I should try to appeal to a bigger audience because I cannot make a name for myself just talking about Toaster Strudel.
“Do you know that most Americans do not eat Toaster Strudel, and what is even worse is that they do not eat any breakfast at all?
“I cannot believe that. How do they get to school and do their calisthenics with any vigor?
“I think all children should start the day with strong coffee, when Father and Mother say it’s okay, and then they should always eat a healthy breakfast that includes Toaster Strudel. After that they should walk to school while inhaling deeply and proudly.”
Gregory’s parents, Vilhelm, a fighter pilot in the Austrian Air Force, and Gretel, a piano teacher, are proud of their little Gregory. They plan on sending him to Munich to finish his secondary schooling and then hopes are that he will attend Harvard University in the USA or Oxford in England.
Currently, Gregory Von Straussen is the smartest kid in his class and his IQ has been measured to be 159 — which is well beyond the genius range. All the kids love him. He’s smart, he’s cute, he’s famous and he gets the school endless amounts of free Toaster Strudel.
And while Gregory Von Straussen likes being an actor and making a lot of money, his dream is to one day become an artist or an architect. He especially admires the architecture of Vienna and says, “I hope that one day I will live in Vienna with my bride and dozens of children.”
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