Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Musik
*17.12.1930 Tilsit (heute Sowetsk, Russland)

Biography

Armin Mueller-Stahl went to school in Prenzlau before he started to study violin and musicology. In 1949, he took his exams as a music teacher. Mueller-Stahl then attended actor's training but was dismissed after one year because of lack of talent. In 1952, he started to perform in Berlin at Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, before he went to Volksbühne in 1954 where he mainly performed in classic plays. From 1955 on, Mueller-Stahl also worked for DEFA and for the GDR television.

In 1960, he received a lot of attention for his part in the multi-part TV movie "Flucht aus der Hölle", directed by Hans-Erich Korbschmitt. Mueller-Stahl also starred in several films by Frank Beyer, for instance, as a Frenchman in "Fünf Patronenhülsen" ("Five Cartridges"), as anti-fascist Michael in "Königskinder" ("Invincible Love"), and as Roman Schtam in "Jakob der Lügner" ("Jakob The Liar"). He made a memorable performance as a blind man in Egon Günther's film "Der Dritte" ("The Third"). Helmut Sakowski, the author of successful "TV novels", wrote several important parts for Mueller-Stahl, including the part of Leßdorff in "Wege übers Land", directed by Martin Eckermann.

Mueller-Stahl became widely popular with multi-part TV movies, including the Fallada adaptation "Wolf unter Wölfen", directed by Hans-Joachim Kasprzik, and as a socialist foil to James Bond in the series "Das unsichtbare Visier", directed by Konrad Petzold. He also starred in entertainment movies such as the western "Tödlicher Irrtum" and left a strong mark in the role of a pediatrician in "Die Flucht" ("The Flight"), directed by Roland Gräf. Mueller-Stahl also worked as a dubbing voice and as a radio announcer, and performed his songs and chansons on stage.

After he publicly protested against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann, Mueller-Stahl did not receive any more role offers. Thus, in 1980, he went to West Germany and wrote the novel "Verordneter Sonntag" about his experiences during that period of time. In West Germany, he was able to continue his movie career without interruption and finally became an international star. His range of TV movies covered everything from crime film to contemporary topics as in "Collin", directed by Peter Schulze-Rohr and based on the novel by Stefan Heym, to documentary features.

Mueller-Stahl played several leading roles in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's films, for instance, in "Lola", a film about the economic recovery in post-war Germany. The film won Mueller-Stahl a German film award and the "Chaplin-Schuh" for his acting performance in 1982. He also appeared in films by Niklaus Schilling, Hans-Christoph Blumenberg, and Alexander Kluge. In 1985, Mueller-Stahl won an award at the Montreal film festival for his performance in "Bittere Ernte". Mueller-Stahl also starred in numerous international productions, including Patrice Chéreau"s film "L'homme blessé". He played a war criminal in Constantin Costa-Gavra's "Music Box", a Jewish patriarch in "Avalon", and an East-German cab driver in New York in Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth".

Furthermore, he made his debut as director and writer with the Hitler persiflage "Gespräch mit dem Biest/Conversation with the Beast", a film in which he also played the leading role. During the 1990s, Mueller-Stahl worked alternately in Germany and in the USA where he also appeared in TV productions, for instance, as Rabbi Heller in Joan Micklin Silver's "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" and as the fourth juror in William Friedkin's remake of "12 Angry Men" in 1997, Mueller-Stahl was nominated for an Academy award for his performance as David Helfgott's father in the Australian production "Shine", directed by Scott Hicks. In the same year, he also received two lifetime achievement awards.

In the late 1990s, Mueller-Stahl mainly starred in US productions like "The X-Files – The Movie", directed by Rob Bowman, "The Thirteenth Floor", directed by Joseph Rusnak, and the remake of "Jakob the Liar", directed by Peter Kassowitz. In 2001, he took the role of Thomas Mann in Heinrich Breloer's TV movie "Die Manns – Ein Jahrhundertroman". Seven years later, shortly after his unusual role as a gangster boss in David Cronenberg's "Easter Promises", he stars again in a film by Breloer: in the starstudded adaptation of Mann's novel "Buddenbrooks" Mueller-Stahl plays the family patriarch Johann Buddenbrook.

In 2009, he appeared in a string of high-profile productions, playing a scheming banker in Tom Tykwer's "The International" (USA/DE), a cardinal in Ron Howard's "Illuminati" (USA) and a general in the war movie "Leningrad" (RU/UK).

Almost 80 years old, Mueller-Stahl then semi-retired from acting. In 2014, he received lifetime achievement awards both at the Locarno IFF and the Zurich Film Festival. In 2015, he returned to the big screen to play a priest in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups".

As a writer, he reflected on his life and his work and published "Drehtage" (1991), and "Unterwegs nach Hause" (1996). In 1998, he also published the love story "In Gedanken an Marie Louise", followed by the story "Hannah" in 2004. Until today, Armin Mueller-Stahl has starred in more than 130 national and international productions. Besides his acting career, he is also an active painter, writer, and musician.

Filmography

2016/2017 Marina, Mabuse und Morituri
Participation
 
2007/2008 Buddenbrooks
Cast
 
2007/2008 Dem kühlen Morgen entgegen
Participation
 
2007-2009 The International
Cast
 
2006/2007 Der rote Elvis
Participation
 
2005/2006 Ich bin die Andere
Cast
 
2001-2003 Der bayerische Rebell
Participation
 
2001 Die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman
Cast
 
1999 Jesus
Cast
 
1998/1999 The 13th Floor - Bist du was du denkst?
Cast
 
1997/1998 Der Commissioner - Im Zentrum der Macht
Cast
 
1996/1997 Tanger - Legende einer Stadt
Cast
 
1996 Gespräch mit dem Biest - Conversation With the Beast
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1995/1996 Der Unhold
Cast
 
1994 Rotwang muß weg!
Cast
 
1993 Das Geisterhaus
Cast
 
1992/1993 Der Kinoerzähler
Cast
 
1991/1992 Utz
Cast
 
1991 Der Gorilla und der Berliner Kongress
Cast
 
1991 Night on Earth
Cast
 
1990/1991 Bronsteins Kinder
Cast
 
1989-1995 Taxandria
Cast
 
1988/1989 Bernhard Wicki: Regisseur
Participation
 
1988/1989 Schweinegeld
Cast
 
1988 Killing Blue
Cast
 
1988 Tagebuch für einen Mörder
Cast
 
1987 Jokehnen oder Wie lange fährt man von Ostpreußen nach Deutschland?
Cast
 
1986/1987 Der Joker
Cast
 
1986-1989 Das Spinnennetz
Cast
 
1986-1988/1989 Schauplatz "Spinnennetz"
Participation
 
1986 Der Fall Franza
Cast
 
1986 Abenteuer in Bangkok
Cast
 
1985/1986 Auf den Tag genau
Cast
 
1985/1986 Momo
Cast
 
1985 Hautnah
Cast
 
1985 Unser Mann im Dschungel
Cast
 
1984/1985 Bittere Ernte
Cast
 
1984/1985 Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die übrige Zeit
Cast
 
1984/1985 Vergeßt Mozart
Cast
 
1984/1985 Oberst Redl
Cast
 
1984 Gauner im Paradies
Cast
 
1984 Stellen Sie sich vor, man hat Dr. Prestel erschossen
Cast
 
1984 Morgengrauen
Cast
 
1984 Tausend Augen
Cast
 
1983/1984 Rita Ritter
Cast
 
1983/1984 Die Mitläufer
Cast
 
1983/1984 Freiwild
Cast
 
1983 Eine Liebe in Deutschland
Cast
 
1983 Glut
Cast
 
1982/1983 Zwei Profis steigen aus
Cast
 
1982-1984 Trauma
Cast
 
1982 Sylvester Syndrome
Cast
 
1982 Ruhe sanft, Bruno
Cast
 
1982 Flucht aus Pommern. Schicksale im Kriegswinter 1944/45
Cast
 
1982 Die Flügel der Nacht
Cast
 
1981/1982 Der Westen leuchtet!
Cast
 
1981/1982 An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr. Ferry oder Wie es war
Cast
 
1981/1982 Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Cast
 
1981 Eugenie Marlitt und die Gartenlaube
Cast
 
1981 Collin
Cast
 
1981 Die Rache eines V-Mannes
Cast
 
1981 Lola
Cast
 
1981 Der Sonderbotschafter
Cast
 
1980/1981 Ich werde warten
Cast
 
1980/1981 Die Emigranten
Cast
 
1980 Ich möchte fliehen
Cast
 
1980 Die längste Sekunde
Cast
 
1978 Geschlossene Gesellschaft
Cast
 
1976/1977 Die Flucht
Cast
 
1976 Sieben Augen hat der Pfau
Cast
 
1976 Mörder machen keine Pause
Cast
 
1975/1976 Nelken in Aspik
Cast
 
1975 Depot im Skagerrak
Cast
 
1975 Rätsel des Fjords
Cast
 
1974/1975 Das Geheimnis der Masken
Cast
 
1974/1975 Ein merkwürdiger Anschlag
Cast
 
1974 Jakob der Lügner
Cast
 
1974 Kit & Co
Cast
 
1973/1974 Die eigene Haut
Cast
 
1972/1973 Das Wasserschloß
Cast
 
1972/1973 Das Nest im Urwald
Cast
 
1972/1973 Der römische Weg
Cast
 
1972/1973 Stülpner-Legende
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die Hosen des Ritters von Bredow
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die sieben Affären der Doña Juanita
Cast
 
1972/1973 Den Wolken ein Stück näher
Cast
 
1971/1972 Januskopf
Cast
 
1971/1972 Der Dritte
Cast
 
1971/1972 Weil es mir Spaß macht
Cast, Vocals
 
1971 Die Verschworenen
Cast
 
1971 Der Arzt wider Willen
Cast
 
1970 Kein Mann für Camp Detrick
Cast
 
1970 Tödlicher Irrtum
Cast
 
1969 Die Dame aus Genua
Cast
 
1968 Wege übers Land
Cast
 
1966/1967 Ein Lord am Alexanderplatz
Cast
 
1966 Emilia Galotti
Cast
 
1966 columbus 64
Cast
 
1965 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1965 / Nr. 014]
Participation
 
1964/1965 Wolf unter Wölfen
Cast
 
1964 Alaskafüchse
Cast
 
1963/1964 Preludio 11
Cast
 
1963 Der andere neben dir
Cast
 
1963 Rauhreif
Cast
 
1963 Christine
Cast
 
1962/1963 Nackt unter Wölfen
Cast
 
1962 Monolog für einen Taxifahrer
Voice
 
1962 Die letzte Chance
Cast
 
1961/1962 ...und deine Liebe auch
Cast
 
1961/1962 Königskinder
Cast
 
1959/1960 Fünf Patronenhülsen
Cast
 
1959/1960 Flucht aus der Hölle
Cast
 
1959 Ich selbst und kein Engel
Cast
 
1955/1956 Der Querkopf
Cast
 
1955/1956 Heimliche Ehen
Cast