Bille family



German family of marionettists considered the oldest still active in Germany today. Its members have been string puppet performers for six to eight generations. The actor Johann Bernhard Bille (1748-1822) was the founder of the dynasty. Today, the Billes are related, directly or by marriage, to almost all families of puppeteers in central Germany.

(See Germany.)


  • Bille, Kurt. Chronik der Marionettenspieler aus Sachsen mit geschichtlichem Überblick [Chronicle of the Marionettists from Saxony. With a Historical Overview]. Hameln, 1994.