Matthias Habich

Matthias Habich

Darsteller
*12.01.1940 Danzig (heute Gdansk, Polen)

Biography

Matthias Habich was born January 12, 1940, in Gdansk and grew up in Hamburg. From 1961 to 1964, he studied at Hamburg's Hochschule für Musik und Drama and attended acting workshops at Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen in New York. After finishing actor's training, Habich performed at numerous theatres, for instance in Zürich, Munich, and Berlin, and starred in several productions of classic plays. He also became a famous TV actor with his title roles in the multi-part TV movies "Die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Freiherrn von der Trenck" (1973) and "Des Christoffel von Grimmelhausen abenteuerlicher Simplicissimus" (1975).

In 1976, Habich made his movie debut as stone-cold Prussian officer in Volker Schlöndorff's "Der Fangschuß" ("Coup de grâce"). He made a name as an impressive character actor with roles in the family drama "Der Mädchenkrieg" ("Maiden's War", 1977) or in the Eichendorff adaptation "Taugenichts" ("Good-for-Nothing", 1978). But despite his movie success, Habich mainly focused on his theatre career and was only sporadically seen on the movie screen during the following years, for instance in Robert van Ackeren's controversial drama "Die Reinheit des Herzens" ("Purity of Heart").

Towards the end of the 1980s, Habich more and more turned to film and TV productions and starred in ambitious productions such as Rainer Simon's "Der Fall Ö.", Caroline Link's "Jenseits der Stille" ("Beyond Silence", 1996), Oliver Hirschbiegel's TV crime film "Das Urteil" (1997; winner of a Grimme award), Margarethe von Trotta's "Jahrestage" (2000; winner of the German TV award), or the TV series "Klemperer – ein Leben in Deutschland" (1998) – thus becoming one of the most prominent German character actors.

In 2001, Habich received rave reviews as well as a German film award for his performance in Caroline Link's multiple award-winning drama "Nirgendwo in Afrika" ("Nowhere in Africa"). While working mostly for TV productions, Habich was again seen on the movie screen in the adaptation of Günter Grass' story "Unkenrufe" ("Call of the Toad") in 2005 and – in a key supporting role – in "Der Vorleser" ("The Reader"), an international production starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes in 2009.

In 2009 he also played one of the leads in Lancelot von Naso's award-winning drama "Waffenstillstand" ("Ceasefire") and a father grieving over the violent death of his daughter in the made-for-TV film "Ein halbes Leben". For his performance, Habich shared a Grimme Award with director Nikolaus Leytner and his co-stars Josef Hader and Franziska Walser.

After parts in the mountaineer drama "Nanga Parbat" (2010) and Andreas Kleinert's "Barriere" ("Boundaries", 2010), Habich's career again focused on television: He co-starred in the thriller "Morgen musst Du sterben" (2010), played the youth love of a nun in "Eine halbe Ewigkeit" (2011), was a patriarch with a shadowy past in Carlo Rola's "Das Kindermädchen" (2012),and portrayed a man who was abused during his childhood in a Catholic institution in "Und alle haben geschwiegen" (2012).

Starring alongside Mario Adorf, Senta Berger and Angela Winkler, Habich played a retired teacher in the acclaimed, largely improvised TV movie "Altersglühen" (2014, TV). He then played a senior citizen suffering from dementia in the equally acclaimed drama "Sein gutes Recht" (2014).

On the big screen, he portrayed an Austrian emigrant who fled the Nazis and later returns to reclaim his home in Vienna in "Where I Belong" (AT/GB 2012), and a priest in Vivian Naefe's "Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen" ("The Taste of Apple Seeds", 2013). Margarethe von Trotta cast him as the male lead for "Die abhandene Welt", in which Matthias Habich plays a widower who discovers his allegedly dead wife on a newspaper photo.

Filmography

2016/2017 Conni & Co. 2 - Das Geheimnis des T-Rex
Cast
 
2015/2016 Wofür es sich zu leben lohnt
Cast
 
2015 Ein großer Aufbruch
Cast
 
2015 Matthiesens Töchter
Cast
 
2014/2015 Die abhandene Welt
Cast
 
2013/2014 Altersglühen - Speed Dating für Senioren
Cast
 
2012/2013 Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen
Cast
 
2012/2013 Die Toten von Hameln
Cast
 
2011/2012 Und alle haben geschwiegen
Cast
 
2010/2011 Eine halbe Ewigkeit
Cast
 
2009/2010 Die Schwester
Cast
 
2009/2010 Letzter Moment
Cast
 
2009/2010 Barriere
Cast
 
2009/2010 Nanga Parbat
Cast
 
2009 Waffenstillstand
Cast
 
2009 Ein halbes Leben
Cast
 
2009 Der Großvater
Cast
 
2008/2009 Neuland
Cast
 
2008 Der Vorleser
Cast
 
2005/2006 Silberhochzeit
Cast
 
2005 Kein Himmel über Afrika
Cast
 
2004/2005 Unkenrufe
Cast
 
2004/2005 Küss mich, Hexe!
Cast
 
2004/2005 Wellen
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der Untergang
Cast
 
2002/2003 Zwei Tage Hoffnung
Cast
 
2002 Raus ins Leben
Cast
 
2001 Vendesi
Cast
 
2001 Nirgendwo in Afrika
Cast
 
2000/2001 Duell - Enemy At the Gates
Cast
 
2000-2002 Boran
Cast
 
1999/2000 Jahrestage
Cast
 
1999 Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland
Cast
 
1997 Das Urteil
Cast
 
1997 Die Rättin
Cast
 
1996/1997 Im Namen der Unschuld
Cast
 
1996 Der kalte Tod
Cast
 
1996 I Sfagi tou kokora
Cast
 
1995/1996 Jenseits der Stille
Cast
 
1995 Noir comme le souvenir
Cast
 
1995 Ein Richter in Angst
Cast
 
1994/1995 Deutschlandlied
Cast
 
1993/1994 Lauras Entscheidung
Cast
 
1992 Das letzte U-Boot
Cast
 
1991/1992 Zwei Supertypen in Miami - Tödliches Spiel
Cast
 
1991 La Demoiselle Sauvage
Cast
 
1990/1991 Der Fall Ö.
Cast
 
1990 Farendj
Cast
 
1989 L'Orchestre Rouge
Cast
 
1988/1989 Noch ein Wunsch
Cast
 
1988 A Corps perdu
Cast
 
1987/1988 Der Passagier - Welcome to Germany
Cast
 
1987 Der Schrei der Eule
Cast
 
1987 Pink Palace, Paradise Beach
Cast
 
1983 Les Morfalous
Cast
 
1983 Glut
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Reinheit des Herzens
Cast
 
1977/1978 Taugenichts
Cast
 
1977 Ursula
Cast
 
1977 Le Point de mire
Cast
 
1976/1977 Der Mädchenkrieg
Cast
 
1976 Der Fangschuß
Cast
 
1974/1975 Des Christoffel von Grimmelshausen abenteuerlicher Simplizissimus
Cast
 
1974 Im Vorhof der Wahrheit
Cast
 
1973 Abenteuer eines Sommers
Cast
 
1971-1973 Die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Freiherrn von der Trenck
Cast
 

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