Burghart Klaußner

Burghart Klaußner

Additional Names: Burghard Klaussner (Schreibvariante)
Darsteller
*13.09.1949 Berlin

Biography

Burghart Klaußner, born September 13, 1949, in Berlin, attended actor's training at Berlin's Max Reinhardt seminar from 1970 to 1972. He then performed at Berlin's Schaubühne and Schillertheater, as well as at theatres in Köln, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, or Hamburg, and worked with directors such as Lietzau, Stein, Palitzsch, Minks, or Düggelin. In 1983, Klaußner made his movie debut in "Ziemlich weit weg". He then appeared regularly on TV, for instance as minister-president in "Einmal Macht und zurück - Engholms Fall" (1993), or as Dr. Heimeran, head of the criminal investigation department, in "Adelheid und ihre Mörder" (1993 to 2001). Klaußner was also seen regularly on the big screen, for instance as a father in "Kinderspiele" (Child's Play", 1992), as Tabatier in "Rossini" (1997), as Robert Stadlober's father in "Crazy" (2000), as Daniel Brühl's father, who had fled the GDR, in "Good Bye, Lenin!" (2003), or as a kidnapped entrepreneur in "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" ("The Edukators", 2004), a role that won Klaußner a German film award in 2005.

Since then, Klaußner starred in several striking supporting parts on the big screen, for instance, as a near bankrupt business man in Christian Petzold's award-winning film "Yella" and as a head physician in the hospital satire "Die Aufschneider". For his role as the father in Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" he was nominated German film award in 2006. Klaußner also played leading roles in the relationship drama "Der Novembermann" alongside Götz George and in Dito Tsintsadze's "Der Mann von der Botschaft" ("The Man from the Embassy") that features Klaußner once more as a person of authority and bureaucrat whose well-arranged life is turned upside down by several unexpected events. For this role Klaußner was awarded the "Golden Leopard" in Locarno.

Furthermore, Klaußner has toured Germany with his swing band and a program of chansons by Charles Trenet.

In 2009, Klaußner was seen in two fairly different, yet equally distinctive leading roles on the movie screen: In the tragicomedy "Alter und Schönheit" ("Age and Beauty", 2009), he played a member of a clique of old buddies who accompany a friend on his deathbed, while in Michael Haneke's award-winning social parable "Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindheitsgeschichte" ("The White Ribbon"), Klaußner is seen as the pastor of a German village who is confronted with mysterious, occult-seeming incidents on the brink of the outbreak of World War I. Also in 2009, Klaußner again collaborated with director Dito Tsintsadze: The crime drama "Mediator" ("Murder in the Theatre"), starring Klaußner in the leading role, depicts a murder case from the perspectives of different persons. Furthermore, in 2010, the film "Goethe!" is going to open in cinemas. In the film, Klaußner plays the father of a young woman who start a love affair with the legendary poet and womanizer from Frankfurt.

In 2011 he played a school principal in the period football film "Der ganz große Traum". He then portrayed legendary hotel owner Lorenz Adlon in the acclaimed two-part TV production "Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga ". February 2013 saw the release of "Invasion", again directed by Dito Tsintsadze, in which Klaußner plays a widower who is besieged in his own home  by alleged relatives of his late wife.

After parts in "Nachtzug nach Lissabon" (2013) and "George" (2013, TV), Klaußner appeared in "Zwischen Welten" and "Diplomatie", both of which premiered at the 2014 Berlin IFF. In Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Elser" (2014/2015), Klaußner played infamous Nazi and head of police Arthur Nebe, who interrogated German resistance fighter Georg Elser.

His performance garnered Klaußner a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 German Film Awards. He next got rave reviews for his portrayal of general attorney Fritz Bauer in Lars Kraume's "Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer" (2015), and played an East-German bureaucrat in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" (2015). 

Filmography

2017/2018 Das schweigende Klassenzimmer
Cast
 
2016 Terror - Ihr Urteil
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die letzte Reise
Cast
 
2015/2016 Freddy/Eddy
Cast
 
2015/2016 Das Löwenmädchen
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die Stadt und die Macht
Cast
 
2014/2015 Bridge of Spies - Der Unterhändler
Cast
 
2014/2015 Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
Cast
 
2014/2015 Elser
Cast
 
2014-2016 Chamissos Schatten
Voice
 
2013/2014 Diplomatie
Cast
 
2013/2014 Zwischen Welten
Cast
 
2012/2013 George
Cast
 
2012/2013 Nachtzug nach Lissabon
Cast
 
2012 Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga
Cast
 
2010/2011 Die verlorene Tochter
Cast
 
2010/2011 Der ganz große Traum
Cast
 
2010-2012 Invasion
Cast
 
2010 Zwiebelfische – Jimmy Ernst, Glückstadt-New York
Voice
 
2010 Aghet - Ein Völkermord
Participation
 
2009/2010 Goethe!
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das letzte Schweigen
Cast
 
2008/2009 Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Cast
 
2008-2011 Ein Leben auf Probe
Cast
 
2008 Der Vorleser
Cast
 
2007/2008 Alter und Schönheit
Cast
 
2007/2008 Mediator
Cast
 
2007 Nicht nah genug
Cast
 
2006/2007 Free Rainer - Dein Fernseher lügt
Cast
 
2006/2007 An die Grenze
Cast
 
2006/2007 Der Novembermann
Cast
 
2006/2007 Yella
Cast
 
2006/2007 Die Aufschneider
Cast
 
2006/2007 Taubers Angst
Cast
 
2006 Aus der Traum...
Cast
 
2005/2006 Der Mann von der Botschaft
Cast
 
2005/2006 Falsches Spiel
Cast
 
2005 Die Luftbrücke - Nur der Himmel war frei
Cast
 
2005 Solo für Schwarz: Tod im See
Cast
 
2004-2006 Requiem
Cast
 
2004 Ausreisser
Cast
 
2004 Carola Stern - Doppelleben
Cast
 
2003/2004 Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
Cast
 
2003 Auf dünnem Eis
Cast
 
2003 Hamlet X
Cast
 
2002 Schatten
Cast
 
2001-2003 Good Bye, Lenin!
Cast
 
1999/2000 Crazy
Cast
 
1999 Urlaub auf Leben und Tod - Eine Familie hält zusammen
Cast
 
1999 Ganz unten, ganz oben
Cast
 
1998 23
Cast
 
1997/1998 Mango mortale
Cast
 
1997 Das Böse
Cast
 
1996/1997 Ausgespielt
Cast
 
1996/1997 Hotel Morgana
Cast
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Cast
 
1996 Brittas Entscheidung
Cast
 
1995/1996 Das Superweib
Cast
 
1995/1996 Und keiner weint mir nach
Cast
 
1994 Inkasso
Cast
 
1993/1994 Kleine Fische
Cast
 
1992/1993 Die Denunziantin
Cast
 
1992/1993 Die indische Ärztin - Die Hochzeit
Cast
 
1991/1992 Schattenboxer
Cast
 
1991/1992 Kinderspiele
Cast
 
1991 Auge um Auge
Cast
 
1991 Kollege Otto
Cast
 
1990/1991 Im Kreise der Lieben
Cast
 
1989 Die Staatskanzlei
Cast
 
1988/1989 Schmutzarbeit
Cast
 
1988/1989 Europa, abends
Cast
 
1987/1988 Tod eines Freundes
Cast
 
1987 Ich warte unten
Cast
 
1987 Banka und Nil
Cast
 
1986 Nr. 8 - Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste
Cast
 
1984/1985 Das Rätsel der Sandbank
Cast
 
1983/1984 Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe
Cast
 
1982/1983 Ziemlich weit weg
Cast