Only German actor, who has fan clubs in Europe as well as overseas. Even Pope John Paul II liked to watch him on Derrick (1974).
He was already 51 when the Derrick series started, and he outlived the series, unlike a few much younger people who appeared on the series during the 24 years.
In December 2001, one of Tappert's sons, Gary, died of organ failure after having gone into a coma. He was 52, and an architect.
Enjoyed fishing and hunting.
His daughter Karin died in 2010 of cancer.