Axel Milberg

Axel Milberg

Darsteller
*01.08.1956 Kiel

Biography

Axel Milberg, born August 1, 1956, in Kiel as the son of a female doctor and an attorney, graduated from drama school at the end of the 1970s at Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich where he subsequently worked as a cast member at Kammerspiele, and played characters such as Don Juan and Nathan the Wise under directors like Dieter Dorn, Peter Zadek, and Alexander Lang. Milberg already made his movie debut in 1981 in "Neonstadt" but focused on his theatre career during the 1980s. He did not start to appear in numerous smaller movie and TV roles before the beginning of the 1990s, for instance in TV series like "Derrick" and "Wolffs Revier".

Milberg made his breakthrough on the movie screen in 1995 with Hans-Christian Schmid's "Nach fünf im Urwald" ("It's A Jungle Out There") as a middle-class father and jazz fan that rediscovers his youth after his daughter (Franka Potente) has run away from home. In Sherry Horman's "Irren ist männlich" ("Doubting Thomas", 1996), Milberg played a neurotic, and in Nico Hofmann's TV remake of "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" (1996) he played the psychopathic murderer Schrott.

Again and again, Milberg portrayed violent and/or neurotic characters, for instance in Roland Suso Richter's prison drama "14 Tage lebenslänglich" ("14 Days to Life"). He also delivered a strong performance as an opportunist in "Der Campus" ("Campus", 1998). Milberg's appearance always oscillating between the inconspicuous and the inscrutable has been convincing in unfathomable as well as in good-natured or mildly eccentric parts.

Milberg's most important TV roles include "Seitensprung in den Tod" ("Comforting Certainty of Death", 1997), the Uwe Johnson adaptation "Jahrestage" (2000), his portray of Veit Harlan in Horst Königstein's film "Jud Süß – Ein Film als Verbrechen?" (2001), and his role as Friedrich Fromm in Jo Baier's film "Stauffenberg" (2004). In 2001, Axel Milberg played the part of inspector Klaus Borowski in "Stahlnetz – PSI"; since 2003, he successfully plays the same character in the Kiel branch of the "Tatort" crime series. In 2007, Milberg also played the title role in the successful TV series "Dr. Martin". One more example in a long series of roles of driven characters is the role of the manager who is always pressed for time in Detlef Bothe's film "Neben der Spur" ("Tour Exzess", 2007).

At the Bayerischer Fernsehpreis 2008 he won the award for Best Actor for his role in "Doktor Martin" playing the eponymous village physician. Milberg featured in other TV productions as well, such as in Florian Gärtner's film adaptation of "Das Feuerschiff" (2008) as gang leader Caspary, in the drama "Stille Post" (2008), as a man whose marriage is put to the test, and the fairy tale adaptation "Das tapfere Schneiderlein" (2008) as good King Ernst.

In 2009, Milberg was back on the big screen: He featured as a Berlin detective in Tom Tykwer's thriller "The International" as well as the father of amateur private eye Justus in the children's film "Die drei ??? – Das verfluchte Schloss". In Philipp Stölzl's "Goethe!" (2010) he had a minor role as a publisher. His major work at the time, however, was still in TV. He played Harry Stürmer, the German correspondent to Turkey in the award-winning docudrama "Aghet – Ein Völkermord" (2010, TV) while in another docudrama, "Eichmanns Ende" (2010, TV), he impressed the audience as the legendary district attorney Fritz Bauer.

In the drama "Liebesjahre" (2011, TV), directed by Matti Geschonneck, he played the new lover of a divorcée (Iris Berben) who has trouble accepting her ex-husband's (Peter Simonischek) new relationship (Nina Kunzendorf). The film won the Grimme-Preis in 2012. The same year, Milberg was nominated for another Bayerischer Fernsehpreis for the "Tatort" episode "Borowski und die Frau am Fenster".

While he was still working mostly in TV, Milberg's presence on the big screen started to increase in 2012 and 2013: In Margarethe von Trotta's "Hannah Arendt" (2012) he featured as Arendt's husband, the German-American philosopher Heinrich Blücher, in "Ludwig II." (2012) he was part of the ensemble cast as King Maximilian II. Furthermore he played important roles in the film adaptations "Rubinrot" ("Ruby Red", 2013) and "Feuchtgebiete" ("Wetlands", 2013).

His TV work would, however, still be his mainstay. Beside his ongoing role as detective Borowski in the Kiel edition of the "Tatort" franchise, Milberg also featured as a German intelligence officer in the award-winning docudrama "Eine mörderische Entscheidung" (2013, TV) about a devastating bombing by the German air force in the Afghani city of Kundus in 2009. Among his other important works for TV are the historical drama "Die Hebamme" (2014, TV) and the Dani Levy comedy "Der Liebling des Himmels" (2015, TV) in which he played alongside Mario Adorf. The drama "Meister des Todes" (2015, TV) which received critical praise for its controversial subject, the entanglement of politics and the military industry, featured Milberg as the CEO of a weapon manufacturer. In another film much liked by the critics, the docudrama "Letzte Ausfahrt Gera – Acht Stunden mit Beater Zschäpe", Milberg played the role of judge Manfred Götzl. In 2016, he was part of the cast of the German-South African mini-series "Cape Town", this time playing an unscrupulous villain.

Besides his theatre career and his film career, Axel Milberg is also well-known as the voice of the German audio books of the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell.

Filmography

2016/2017 Eine gute Mutter
Cast
 
2016/2017 Borowski und das dunkle Netz
Cast
 
2016 Borowski und das verlorene Mädchen
Cast
 
2016 Cape Town
Cast
 
2015/2016 Taxi nach Leipzig
Cast
 
2015/2016 Borowski und das Fest des Nordens
Cast
 
2015/2016 Letzte Ausfahrt Gera - Acht Stunden mit Beate Zschäpe
Cast
 
2015 Borowski und die Rückkehr des stillen Gastes
Cast
 
2014/2015 Meister des Todes
Cast
 
2014/2015 Der Liebling des Himmels
Cast
 
2014/2015 Borowski und die Kinder von Gaarden
Cast
 
2014/2015 Meine Tochter Anne Frank
Cast
 
2014 Borowski und der Himmel über Kiel
Cast
 
2014 Die Seelen im Feuer
Cast
 
2013/2014 Borowski und das Meer
Cast
 
2013/2014 Die Hebamme
Cast
 
2013/2014 Morgengrauen
Cast
 
2013 Borowski und der Engel
Cast
 
2012/2013 Feuchtgebiete
Cast
 
2012/2013 Borowski und der brennende Mann
Cast
 
2012/2013 Rubinrot
Cast
 
2012 Borowski und der freie Fall
Cast
 
2012 Borowski und der stille Gast
Cast
 
2011/2012 Ludwig II.
Cast
 
2011/2012 Hannah Arendt
Cast
 
2011-2013 Eine mörderische Entscheidung
Cast
 
2011 Borowski und die Frau am Fenster
Cast
 
2011 Borowski und der coole Hund
Cast
 
2011 Die Wohnung
Voice
 
2010/2011 Liebesjahre
Cast
 
2010/2011 Offroad
Cast
 
2010-2015 Magie der Moore
Voice
 
2010 Borowski und eine Frage von reinem Geschmack
Cast
 
2010 Borowski und der vierte Mann
Cast
 
2010 Aghet - Ein Völkermord
Participation
 
2009/2010 Goethe!
Cast
 
2009/2010 Eichmanns Ende
Cast
 
2009-2011 Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
Cast
 
2009 Tango für Borowski
Cast
 
2009 Liebling, weck die Hühner auf
Cast
 
2008/2009 Borowski und die Sterne
Cast
 
2008/2009 Borowski und die heile Welt
Cast
 
2008 Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Cast
 
2008 Borowski und die einsamen Herzen
Cast
 
2008 Stille Post
Cast
 
2007/2008 Das Feuerschiff
Cast
 
2007/2008 Borowski und das Mädchen im Moor
Cast
 
2007-2009 Die drei ??? - Das verfluchte Schloss
Cast, dubbed by
 
2007-2009 The International
Cast
 
2007 Macht der Angst
Cast
 
2006/2007 Das doppelte Lottchen
Voice
 
2006/2007 Das Ende des Schweigens
Cast
 
2006 Mann über Bord
Cast
 
2005/2006 Sternenkinder
Cast
 
2005/2006 Silberhochzeit
Cast
 
2005-2007 Neben der Spur
Cast
 
2005 Borowski in der Unterwelt
Cast
 
2004/2005 Schattenhochzeit
Cast
 
2004/2005 Speer und er
Cast
 
2004/2005 Spiele der Macht - 11011 Berlin
Cast
 
2004 Der Strick
Cast
 
2004 Der Mann von nebenan lebt!
Cast
 
2004 Stirb und werde
Cast
 
2004 Die Rosenzüchterin
Cast
 
2003/2004 Schichtwechsel
Cast
 
2003/2004 Stauffenberg
Cast
 
2003 Väter
Cast
 
2003 Tausche Firma gegen Haushalt
Cast
 
2003 Ich back' mir einen Mann
Cast
 
2002/2003 Eine Landpartie
Cast
 
2002/2003 Musen, Macht und Glamour - Die Welt der Maximilianstrasse
Participation
 
2001/2002 Knallharte Jungs
Cast
 
2001-2003 Babij Jar
Cast
 
2001 Täusche deinen Nächsten wie dich selbst
Cast
 
2001 Der Mann von nebenan
Cast
 
2001 Mein Papa mit der kalten Schnauze
Cast
 
2001 Jud Süß - Ein Film als Verbrechen?
Cast
 
2000/2001 Leo und Claire
Cast
 
2000/2001 Vienna
Cast
 
2000 Zwei vom Blitz getroffen
Cast
 
2000 Tod im See
Cast
 
2000 Der Trippler
Cast
 
2000 Nick Knatterton
Cast
 
2000 Der Weihnachtswolf
Cast
 
1999/2000 Jahrestage
Cast
 
1999/2000 Paul Is Dead
Cast
 
1999/2000 Der tote Taucher im Wald
Cast
 
1999 Long Hello and Short Goodbye
Cast
 
1999 OA jagt Oberärztin
Cast
 
1999 Das kleine Geschäft
Cast
 
1998/1999 St. Pauli Nacht
Cast
 
1998/1999 Kismet
Cast
 
1998 Die Schläfer
Cast
 
1998 Killer
Cast
 
1998 Das Finale
Cast
 
1997/1998 Neue Freiheit - Keine Jobs
Cast
 
1997/1998 Der Campus
Cast
 
1996/1997 Die drei Mädels von der Tankstelle
Cast
 
1996/1997 14 Tage Lebenslänglich
Cast
 
1996 Es geschah am hellichten Tag
Cast
 
1996 Eine unmögliche Hochzeit
Cast
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Cast
 
1995/1996 Irren ist männlich
Cast
 
1995 Nach fünf im Urwald
Cast
 
1995 Rohe Ostern
Cast
 
1994/1995 Der Schattenmann
Cast
 
1994 Klassen-Kampf
Cast
 
1992 Langer Samstag
Cast
 
1992 Abgetrieben
Cast
 
1992 Probefahrt ins Paradies
Cast
 
1991 Niemandsland
Cast
 
1990/1991 100 Jahre Bickle
Cast
 
1990/1991 Das Gespenst von Gattnau
Cast
 
1990/1991 Lindauer Pieta
Cast
 
1990/1991 Zorn einer Göttin
Cast
 
1990/1991 Hilfe kommt aus Bregenz
Cast
 
1990/1991 Verteidigung von Friedrichshafen
Cast
 
1990 Der schönste Busen der Welt
Cast
 
1990 Winckelmanns Reisen
Cast
 
1987/1988 Faust
Cast
 
1987-1989 Der Atem
Cast
 
1986 Ein eiskalter Hund
Cast
 
1983/1984 Kaltes Fieber
Cast
 
1982/1983 Heller Wahn
Cast
 
1981 Panter Neuss
Cast
 

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