Axel Prahl

Axel Prahl

Darsteller
*26.03.1960 Eutin

Biography

Axel Prahl was born March 26, 1960, in Eutin, and grew up in Neustadt in Holstein. After finishing high school, he studied music and mathematics at Pädagogische Hochschule Kiel, before he attended Kiel's drama school from 1982 to 1985. He then worked as an actor at Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater. He also performed and still performs at theatres in Berlin: at Renaissance-Theater, at Grips-Theater, and at Deutsches Theater's Kammerspiele. After his first TV appearances, for instance, in the TV series "Bella Block" and in the TV movie "Das Phantom – Die Jagd nach Dagobert" (both 1994), Prahl starred in his first small, yet memorable role on the movie screen in 1999 as a policeman in "Nachtgestalten" ("Night Shapes"), directed by Andreas Dresen – the starting point of an intense collaboration.

During the following years, Prahl again and again played roles of policemen, for instance, in Esther Gronenborn's "alaska.de" (2000), in Dresen's "Die Polizistin" ("The Policewoman", 2000, winner of a Grimme award), in Lars Becker's film "Rette Deine Haut" ("Run While You Can", 2001), in Marc Rothemund's highly-praised psycho drama "Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt" ("Hope Dies Last", 2001, also winner of a Grimme award), and in his appearances as inspector Frank Thiel in the Münster branch of the "Tatort" crime film series (since 2002).

In 2003, Axel Prahl won the Bavarian film award as "Best actor" for his role as snack bar owner Uwe Kukowski in Andreas Dresen's successful tragicomedy "Halbe Treppe" ("Grill Point"). At this point in time, the down-to-earth man in the streets had already become Prahl's signature role. But Prahl also proved time and again that his placid characters might conceal dark traits, for instance, in "Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt" ("Hope Dies Last") as the head of a police station who bullies a female subordinate because she rejects his love, as an exploding small-towner in the TV movie "Die Kette" (2004), as car dealer "Willenbrock" (2005, directed by Andreas Dresen) who is traumatized after a robbery and becomes a ticking time bomb himself. Prahl won the German Film Critics Awards for his role as Willenbrock.

Besides numerous roles in major TV productions like "Die Mauer – Berlin '61" and his regular theatre performances, busy actor Prahl repeatedly returned to the movie screen in recent years, for instance, in Bernd Böhlich's social comedy "Du bist nicht allein" (2007), in Sylke Enders' Drama "Mondkalb" (2007), in Neele Vollmar's "Friedliche Zeiten" ("Peaceful Times", 2008), and in "Die Schimmelreiter" ("Sheep and Chips", 2008), and "Dorfpunks" (2009), both directed by Lars Jessen.

In 2009, he was nominated for a German Television Award for his personification of a BKA agent (the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany) obsessed with his profession in the tripartite TV movie "Die Patin – Kein Weg zurück" (2008). The same year, in the drama "Berlin '36", he played the coach of the Jewish athlete Gretel Bergman who was dismissed from the 1936 Olympics by the Nazis. In "Hier kommt Lola!" (2010), a film adaptation of the book for adolescents, he featured as the young heroine's warm-hearted and color-blind grandfather. The melodrama "In der Welt habt ihr Angst" ("In the World You Have Fear", 2011) had him play a philologist whose marriage is in a crisis and who is furthermore taken hostage by a young female drug addict.

Prahl made another visit to the political climate of the 1930s starring in "An Enemy To Die For" (DE/NO/SE 2012) as the leader of an international research team that embarks on a long expedition in 1939 and is surprised by the outbreak of WWII. After being one of the leads in the TV comedy "Das Millionen Rennen" (2012) and several more "Tatort" entries, Prahl appeared in three feature releases in 2014: He played a German tourist in Doris Dörrie's comedy "alles inklusive" ("The Whole Shebang"), a seasoned crook in the gangster movie "Harms" and the mischievous antagonist in the children's film "Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten".

Prahl delivered another memorable performance as the lead of Jochen Alexander Freydank's 2015 release "Kafkas Der Bau": Prahl plays a clerk who grows increasingly paranoid and holes up in a fortress-like housing complex. On TV, he starred in the comedy "Die Lichtenbergs - zwei Brüder, drei Frauen und jede Menge Zoff" (2015), and in the two-part period drama "Die Himmelsleiter" (2015).

Filmography

2017/2018 Gundermann
Cast
 
2017 Gott ist auch nur ein Mensch
Cast
 
2016/2017 Die kleine Hexe
Voice
 
2016/2017 Käpt'n Sharky
Voice
 
2016/2017 Der gute Bulle
Cast
 
2016/2017 Leider verwandt
Cast
 
2016/2017 Fangschuss
Cast
 
2016 Feierstunde
Cast
 
2015/2016 Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen
Cast
 
2015/2016 Ein Fuß kommt selten allein
Cast
 
2015 Schwanensee
Cast
 
2014/2015 Erkläre Chimäre
Cast
 
2014/2015 Die Himmelsleiter – Sehnsucht nach morgen
Cast
 
2014-2016 Mullewapp - Eine schöne Schweinerei
Voice
 
2014 Mord ist die beste Medizin
Cast
 
2013/2014 Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten
Cast
 
2013/2014 Der Hammer
Cast
 
2013/2014 Kafkas Der Bau
Cast
 
2013/2014 alles inklusive
Cast
 
2013-2015 Ritter Trenk
Voice
 
2013 Die chinesische Prinzessin
Cast
 
2012/2013 Summ, summ, summ
Cast
 
2012 Das Wunder von Wolbeck
Cast
 
2011/2012 Hinkebein
Cast
 
2011-2013 Harms
Cast
 
2011-2013 An Enemy To Die For
Cast
 
2011 Zwischen den Ohren
Cast
 
2011 Sterntaler
Cast
 
2010/2011 Herrenabend
Cast
 
2010/2011 Der ganz große Traum
Cast
 
2010/2011 Die Lehrerin
Cast
 
2010 Spargelzeit
Cast
 
2009/2010 Der Fluch der Mumie
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das Menschenschwein im Visier - Die Sehnsucht des George Grosz
Voice
 
2009/2010 Hier kommt Lola!
Cast
 
2009-2011 In der Welt habt ihr Angst
Cast
 
2009 Tempelräuber
Cast
 
2008/2009 Berlin '36
Cast
 
2008/2009 12 Winter
Cast
 
2008/2009 Höllenfahrt
Cast
 
2008/2009 Dorfpunks
Cast
 
2008 Wolfsstunde
Cast
 
2008 Die Schimmelreiter
Cast
 
2007/2008 Die Weisheit der Wolken
Cast
 
2007/2008 Liesl Karlstadt & Karl Valentin
Cast
 
2007/2008 Friedliche Zeiten
Cast
 
2007/2008 Krumme Hunde
Cast
 
2007/2008 Die Braut
Cast
 
2007 Sommersonntag
Cast
 
2007 Satisfaktion
Cast
 
2006/2007 Mondkalb
Cast
 
2006/2007 Truck Stop Grill
Cast
 
2006/2007 Ruhe Sanft!
Cast
 
2006/2007 Du bist nicht allein
Cast
 
2006-2008 Der Rote Baron
Cast
 
2006 Das zweite Gesicht
Cast
 
2006 Die Mauer - Berlin '61
Cast
 
2006 Unter Strom
Cast
 
2005/2006 Nicht alle waren Mörder
Cast
 
2005/2006 Das ewig Böse
Cast
 
2005/2006 Die wilden Hühner
Cast
 
2005-2008 Stella und der Stern des Orients
Cast
 
2005 Der doppelte Lott
Cast
 
2004/2005 Der Frauenflüsterer
Cast
 
2004/2005 Willenbrock
Cast
 
2004 Eine Leiche zuviel
Cast
 
2004 Die Kette
Cast
 
2004 Vatertag
Cast
 
2003/2004 Mörderspiele
Cast
 
2003/2004 Aus Liebe zum Volk
Voice
 
2003 Sag nichts
Cast
 
2003 Das Wunder von Lengede
Cast
 
2003 3 x schwarzer Kater
Cast
 
2003 Berlin Backstage
Cast
 
2002/2003 Schussangst
Cast
 
2002/2003 Befreite Zone
Cast
 
2002/2003 Zuckerbrot
Cast
 
2002-2013 Die Nordsee - Unser Meer
Voice
 
2002 Fakten, Fakten...
Cast
 
2002 Der dunkle Fleck
Cast
 
2002 Geht nicht gibt's nicht
Cast
 
2002 Wandas letzter Gang
Cast
 
2001/2002 Hundsköpfe
Cast
 
2001/2002 Halbe Treppe
Cast
 
2001/2002 Schleudertrauma
Cast
 
2001/2002 Islandfalken
Cast
 
2001-2003 NeuFundLand
Cast
 
2001 Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt
Cast
 
2001 Ein Mann boxt sich durch
Cast
 
2001 99euro-films
Cast
 
2000 Die Polizistin
Cast
 
1999/2000 alaska.de
Cast
 
1999/2000 Zoom - It's Always About Getting Closer
Cast
 
1998/1999 Nachtgestalten
Cast
 
1993 Die Kommissarin
Cast
 

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