Benno Fürmann

Benno Fürmann

Darsteller
*17.01.1972 Berlin

Biography

Benno Fürmann, born January 1972, in Berlin, lost both his parents at the age of 15 and grew up with foster parents. During his youth, Fürmann was a rebellious thrill seeker and even did some illegal train surfing until he suffered a severe accident at the age of 17. Fürmann left school after finishing the secondary school degree in 1988. He then worked in several jobs as a waiter, scene shifter, and bouncer and started his acting career with minor parts in "Die zweite Heimat" ("Heimat II") by Edgar Reitz and in the TV movie "Schuld war nur der Bossa Nova".

In 1992, Fürmann went to New York to attend actor’s training at the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for one year. After his return to Germay, Fürmann at first mainly appeared in minor parts in several TV movies. He made his breakthrough in 1994/95 in a leading role in Peter Timm's drama "Einfach nur Liebe" ("Simply Love") and as a filling station attendant in the Ruhr area in the RTL sitcom "Und tschüss". Fürmann then appeared in several TV movies, for instance in "Das erste Mal" ("The First Time") oder "Landgang für Ringo" (both 1996).

From 1996 to 1999, Fürmann portrayed an equally sensitive and impulsive investigator alongside Dieter Pfaff in the highly praised crime series "Sperling", developed by Dominik Graf. He then caused a stir with the impressive portrayal of the boxer Bubi Scholz in Roland Suso Richter's TV movie "Die Bubi Scholz Story" ("The Bubi Scholz Story", 1998), a part that won Fürman the German TV award as "Best actor".

During the following years, Fürmann mainly focused on his movie career. Some of Germany's most promising directors made use of his acting talent to appear vulnerable and introvert and at the same time smug and rebelliously determined on screen. Thus, Fürmann starred in Lars Becker's "Kanak Attack" (2000), Tom Tykwer's "Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" ("The Princess and The Warrior", 2000), and Doris Dörrie's "Nackt" ("Naked", 2002). Nevertheless, Fürmann probably made his most praised performance in Christian Petzold’s psychological drama "Wolfsburg" (2003). His nuanced portrayal of a man who feels unbearably guilty after causing a lethal hit-and-run accident won Fürmann the Grimme award.

After "Wolfsburg", Fürmann was mainly seen in successful mainstream productions such as "Merry Christmas" (2005), which won an Oscar nomination, the children and youth films "Die Wilden Hühner" ("Wild Chicks", 2006) and "Die Wilden Hühner und die Liebe" ("Wild Chicks in Love", 2007), as well as Marc Rothemund's comedy "Pornorama" (2007).

During the movie season 2008/09, Fürmann was constantly present on the movie screen: He played leading roles in films as diverse as the mountain climber drama "Nordwand" ("North Face"), the melodramatic love triangle story "Jerichow", directed by Christian Petzold, and the artful mystery drama "Hinter Kaifeck" ("Kaifeck Murder"), directed by Esther Gronenborn.

He played an unemployed ad man assigned by the secret service to infiltrate a right-wing terror group in Roland Suso Richter's TV thriller "Die Grenze" ("The Frontier", 2010). The same year, he portrayed an East-German boarder patrolman in the drama "Der Mauerschütze". Fürmann then impressed with a memorable performance in the international co-production "In Darkness" (2011), which is based on true events: Fürmann plays a Polish Jew who hides from the Nazis in the sewers of Lvov. Next displaying a knack for sinister characters, he portrayed the murderous "Indianer Joe" in Hermine Huntgeburth's adaptation of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" (2011). This was followed by a string of comedy roles: He played a penniless aristocrat in "Alles Schwindel" (2013), a pretentious snob in "Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee" (2013) and a careless playboy who suddenly has to act responsible in Vanessa Jopp's "Der fast perfekte Mann" (2013).

In "Der blinde Fleck" ("The Blind Spot"), released in early 2014, Fürmann plays a TV journalist who investigates the 1980 terror strike on the Oktoberfest in Munich. Also in 2014, he played an animal wrangler in the children's film "Quatsch und die Nasenbärbande" ("Fiddlesticks") and a contract killer in the comedy "Die Einsamkeit des Killers vor dem Schuss" ("A Hitman's Solitude Before the Shot").

Following his turn as a pimp in "Von glücklichen Schafen" ("Happy Lambs", 2015), Fürmann played one of the leads in the drama "Nachthelle"("Bright Night") and portrayed a scheming Neo-Nazi in Dietrich Brüggemann's scathing satire "Heil". He also played a supporting role in the American-British thriller "Survivor", starring Pierce Brosnan.

In 2016, Fürmann starred in a string of high-profile TV productions: He played the husband of a comatose woman in the tragicomedy "Zweimal zweites Leben", an ambitious journalist on the trail of a corrupt politician in "Die vierte Gewalt", and a family man whose attempts at open marriage lead to chaos in the comedy "Neu in unserer Familie".

The 2016 science fiction movie "Volt" saw Fürmann playing a member of a brutal police force in charge of controlling refugee camps in Europe.

Filmography

2016/2017 Babylon Berlin
Cast
 
2016/2017 Ellas Baby
Cast
 
2016/2017 Fühlen Sie sich manchmal ausgebrannt und leer?
Cast
 
2015/2016 Neu in unserer Familie
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die vierte Gewalt
Cast
 
2015/2016 Volt
Cast
 
2014/2015 Heil
Cast
 
2014 Dr. Illegal
Cast
 
2013/2014 Von Glücklichen Schafen
Cast
 
2013/2014 Quatsch und die Nasenbärbande
Cast
 
2013/2014 Die Einsamkeit des Killers vor dem Schuss
Cast
 
2013/2014 Nachthelle
Cast
 
2012/2013 Das radikal Böse
Voice
 
2012/2013 Der blinde Fleck
Cast
 
2012/2013 Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee
Cast
 
2011-2013 Der fast perfekte Mann
Cast
 
2011 Der Tote im Nachtzug
Cast
 
2010/2011 Tom Sawyer
Cast
 
2010/2011 In Darkness
Cast
 
2010 Der Mauerschütze
Cast
 
2009/2010 Die Grenze
Cast
 
2009/2010 Teufelskicker
Cast
 
2009 Dinosaurier - Gegen uns seht ihr alt aus!
Cast
 
2009 Die Rechnung
Cast
 
2008/2009 Deutschland '09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation
Cast
 
2008/2009 Feierlich reist
Cast
 
2008/2009 Die wilden Hühner und das Leben
Cast
 
2008 Jerichow
Cast
 
2008 Mullewapp - Das große Kinoabenteuer der Freunde
Voice
 
2007/2008 Nordwand
Cast
 
2007/2008 Speed Racer
Cast
 
2007-2009 Hinter Kaifeck
Cast
 
2007 Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken
Cast
 
2007 Überleben mit Wölfen
Cast
 
2006/2007 Pornorama oder Die Bekenntnisse der mannstollen Näherin Rita Brauchts
Cast
 
2006/2007 Die wilden Hühner und die Liebe
Cast
 
2006-2012 Das grüne Wunder - Unser Wald
Voice
 
2005/2006 Die wilden Hühner
Cast
 
2005/2006 Kreuzzug in Jeans
Cast
 
2004/2005 Gespenster
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2004/2005 Merry Christmas
Cast
 
2004-2006 Die Sturmflut
Cast
 
2004 Die Nibelungen
Cast
 
2003/2004 Kleine Schwester
Cast
 
2003 The Order
Cast
 
2003 Sindbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
dubbed by
 
2002/2003 Wolfsburg
Cast
 
2001/2002 Nackt
Cast
 
2001 Jeans
Cast
 
1999/2000 Freunde
Cast
 
1999/2000 Kanak Attack
Cast
 
1999/2000 Der Krieger und die Kaiserin
Cast
 
1999 'ne günstige Gelegenheit
Cast
 
1999 Anatomie
Cast
 
1998/1999 St. Pauli Nacht
Cast
 
1998/1999 Pünktchen und Anton
Cast
 
1998 Mein Freund, der Bulle
Cast
 
1998 Kiss My Blood
Cast
 
1998 Der Eisbär
Cast
 
1998 Candy
Cast
 
1997/1998 Die Bubi Scholz Story
Cast
 
1997/1998 Sperling und der brennende Arm
Cast
 
1997 Sperling und die verlorenen Steine
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1997 Scarmour
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1996 Das erste Mal
Cast
 
1994/1995 Tot auf Halde
Cast
 
1994 Lemgo
Cast
 
1994 Klassen-Kampf
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1993/1994 Einfach nur Liebe
Cast
 
1991/1992 Die ungewisse Lage des Paradieses
Cast
 
1991-1993 Durst
Cast
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 12. Die Zeit der vielen Worte
Cast