On 5 December 1994, Meisner died, aged 68, of heart failure during the filming of an episode of the television series Tatort. He is buried in Berlin's Friedhof Heerstrabe Cemetery. He was survived by his wife.
- He has played the role of Adolf Hitler on many occasions.
- Although well-known for playing Hitler and various Nazis, Meisner was in a Nazi death camp during World War II.