Georg Friedrich

Georg Friedrich

Darsteller
*31.10.1966 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Georg Friedrich was born on October 31st, 1966 in Vienna. There he studied acting and from the mid-1990s on, he appeared in numerous Austrian TV and film productions. In the course of his career, he frequently worked with some of the country's most prolific directors: Michael Haneke cast him in "Der siebente Kontinent" (1989), "Die Klavierspielerin" (2001) and "Wolfzeit" (2003), Barbara Albert gave him roles in "Nordrand" (1999), "Böse Zellen" (2004) and "Fallen" (2006), and he also appeared in "Hundstage" (2006) and "Import/Export" by Ulrich Seidl and Michael Glawogger's "Contact High" (2009).

Friedrich often plays proletarians, social outcasts or dodgy characters. He portrayed a pimp in "Hurensohn" (2003), an oddball janitor in "Silentium", a hippie in "Die Unerzogenen" (2007), a mischievous caretaker in "Import / Export" and a seedy gangster in "Das wilde Leben" (2008). Opposite Moritz Bleibtreu he starred in "Mein bester Feind" (2011), playing an opportunist who sells his Jewish friend down the river during the German occupation of Vienna. In Jan Schomburg's "Über uns das All" he plays alongside Sandra Hüller.

In the same year, he elated critics and the audience alike as a grumpy mortician in the award-winning social drama "Atmen" (AT). A delightfully comedic appearance as a Baghwan follower in Marcus H. Rosenmüller's comedy "Sommer in Orange" ("My Life in Orange") was to follow. In a very prestigious and demanding role, Friedrich featured as Faust's student Wagner in Aleksandr Sokurov's radical re-interpretation of "Faust" (RU 2011) which won the Golden Lion in Venice.

In Christoph Schaub's black comedy "Nachtlärm" ("Lullaby Ride", CH/GER) he played a part time crook who, together with his girlfriend, steals a car – without realizing that a baby is sleeping on the backseat. He had small, but memorable parts in Detlev Buck's "Die Vermessung der Welt" (2012) and in "Eastalgia – einfach leben" (2012). Late 2013 saw the release of "Annelie", in which Friedrich plays a drug addict whose home, a former hostel, is about to be condemned.

In 2014, Friedrich appeared in Benjamin Heisenberg's "Über-Ich und Du" ("Superegos", DE/CH/AT) and played an aging vampire in the children's film sequel "Die Vampirschwestern 2" ("Vampire Sisters 2"). The same year, he received a lifetime achievement award at the Austrian film festival "Diagonale".

His performance as a ruthless gangster in the 2015 psychological thriller "Stereo" garnered him a nomination for the Deutsche Schauspielerpreis. In 2016, Friedrich starred in the mystery drama "Aloys" (CH/FR) and appeared as a mean-spirited office manager in Nicolette Krebitz' "Wild".

Starring opposite Cornelia Froboess, he made a memorable turn as a shady bar owner who hosts illegal poker games in the comedy "Pokerface - Oma zockt sie alle ab" (2016, TV). He next reprised his role as gangster Schorsch from "Nacktschnecken" ("Slugs", AT/DE 2004) and "Contact High" (2007) for "Hotel Rock'n'Roll" (AT), which concluded the trilogy. Following the comedy "Der Hund begraben" (2016), Friedrich played the vengeful brother of a murdered saloon owner in the TV western miniseries "Winnetou" (2016).

Georg Friedrich appeared in two films running in the competition of the 2017 Berlin IFF: In Josef Hader's tragicomedy "Wilde Maus" ("Wild Mouse", AT/DE 2016), he played the long-time friend of the protagonist; in Thomas Arslan's "Helle Nächte" ("Bright Nights", 2017), he portrayed an engineer who recently lost his father and now tries to reconnect with his own 13-year-old son on a trip through rural Norway. For his role in "Helle Nächte" Friedrich was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Filmography

2017 Gorillas
Cast
 
2016/2017 Helle Nächte
Cast
 
2016 Der Hund begraben
Cast
 
2015/2016 Winnetou
Cast
 
2015/2016 Marija
Cast
 
2015-2017 Wilde Maus
Cast
 
2014/2015 Wild
Cast
 
2014/2015 Ein Richter
Cast
 
2013/2014 Die Vampirschwestern 2 - Fledermäuse im Bauch
Cast
 
2013/2014 Stereo
Cast
 
2012-2014 Über-Ich und Du
Cast
 
2012 Eastalgia - einfach leben
Cast
 
2012 Fieber
Cast
 
2011/2012 Die Vermessung der Welt
Cast
 
2011/2012 Nachtlärm
Cast
 
2011 Same way
Cast
 
2011 Faust
Cast
 
2010/2011 Sommer in Orange
Cast
 
2010/2011 Über uns das All
Cast
 
2010/2011 Föhnlage. Ein Alpenkrimi
Cast
 
2010 La Lisière - Am Waldrand
Cast
 
2009/2010 Im Alter von Ellen
Cast
 
2009-2012 Annelie
Cast
 
2009-2011 Mein bester Feind
Cast
 
2008/2009 Parkour
Cast
 
2007/2008 Nordwand
Cast
 
2007 Contact High
Cast
 
2006/2007 Import/Export
Cast
 
2006 Fallen
Cast
 
2005/2006 Knallhart
Cast
 
2005/2006 Klimt
Cast
 
2005-2007 Das wilde Leben
Cast
 
2005-2007 Die Unerzogenen
Cast
 
2005 Kabale und Liebe
Cast
 
2004/2005 Keller
Cast
 
2004/2005 Liebe Amelie
Cast
 
2004/2005 Fremde Haut
Cast
 
2004 Welcome Home
Cast
 
2004 Nacktschnecken
Cast
 
2004 Silentium
Cast
 
2003/2004 Basta. Rotwein oder Totsein
Cast
 
2003/2004 Hurensohn
Cast
 
2003 Leyla
Cast
 
2002/2003 Wolfzeit
Cast
 
2002/2003 Böse Zellen
Cast
 
2001/2002 Richtung Zukunft durch die Nacht
Cast
 
2001 Hundstage
Cast
 
2000/2001 Die Klavierspielerin
Cast
 
1999 Nie wieder Oper
Cast
 
1997 Blutrausch
Cast
 
1993/1994 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls
Cast
 
1991/1992 Kinder der Landstraße
Cast
 
1989 Der siebente Kontinent
Cast
 
1984 Die Försterbuben
Cast