Michael Gwisdek

Michael Gwisdek

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Produzent
*14.01.1942 Berlin-Weißensee

Biography

Michael Gwisdek was born in Berlin-Weißensee on January 14, 1942. While supporting himself as a decorator, painter and kitchen helper, he started performing in the worker's theater of Friedrichshain and studied acting at the Theaterinstitut Leipzig.

From 1965 until 1968, he attended the Staatliche Schauspielschule Berlin, and subsequently became a company player at the Städtisches Theater Karl-Marx-Stadt. He stayed for six years, during which he was cast in a great range of roles in classic and modern plays. Due to his memorable performance as Pantalone in Goldoni's "Servant of Two Masters", Benno Besson hired him for the Volksbühne Berlin in 1973. There he excelled in a row of productions of plays by William Shakespeare, and also starred in the premiere production of Heiner Müller's "Der Bau" (1980) as well as Müller's adaptation of "Macbeth" (1982). In 1983, he joined the ensemble of the Deutsches Theater Berlin, where he remained a company player until 1991.

Michael Gwisdek made his screen debut in the 1968 western "Spur des Falken" ("Trail of the Falcon"). He only appeared sporadically in feature films during the following years, yet he became a fixture on East German television. In 1975, he got his first major screen role in Kurt Maetzig's "Mann gegen Mann". His final breakthrough as a movie actor came in the early 1980s with leading roles in "Dein unbekannter Bruder" and "Olle Henry". He went on to display his comic talent in "Merkwürdiges Beispiel einer weiblichen Rache" (TV, 1987) and had a memorable turn as a gay barkeeper in Heiner Carow's "Coming out" (1989).

He made his directorial debut with the 1988 drama "Treffen in Travers", which was well received by critics and is today considered to be one of the best feature films of the late DEFA phase. It won several festival prizes and also screened in the section "Un certain regard" at the Cannes IFF.

During the 1980s, Gwisdek frequently appeared in films by West German director Hark Bohm, including "Der Fall Bachmeier" (1983), "Yasemin" (1988) and "Herzlich willkommen" (1990). His performance in Roland Gräf's drama "Der Tangospieler" (1990) garnered him the 1991 German Film Award for Best Actor.

Throughout the 1990s, Gwisdek remained a prolific actor in TV and film. After writing, directing and starring in "Abschied von Agnes" (1994), he made his third feature film "Das Mambospiel" ("The Big Mambo", 1998), in which he starred opposite his wife Corinna Harfouch (to whom he was married from 1985 until 2007).

His turn in Andreas Dresen's acclaimed tragicomedy "Nachtgestalten" ("Night Shapes", 1999) won Gwisdek the Silver Bear at the 1999 Berlin IFF. While Gwisdek went on to play a publisher in Oskar Roehler's "Die Unberührbare" ("No Place To Go", 2000) and a monk in Zoltan Spirandelli's "Vaya con dios" (2002), he predominately worked in TV. Nevertheless, he had memorable cameos in films like "Good Bye, Lenin!" (2003), "Herr Lehmann" ("Berlin Blues", 2003) and "Elementarteilchen" ("The Elementary Particles", 2006), and played supporting roles in "Kleinruppin Forever" (2004), "Reine Formsache" ("A Mere Formality", 2006) and "Boxhagener Platz" ("Berlin, Boxhagener Platz ", 2010). In 2010, he starred opposite Christian Ulmen in the tragicomedy "Vater Morgana", and played the father to Jessica Schwarz's character in "Das Lied in mir" ("The Day I Was Not Born").

Following parts in "Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn" ("The Adventures of Huck Finn", 2012) and "Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein" ("The Situation is Hopeless, But Not Serious", 2012) as well as a cameo as God himself in the comedy "Jesus liebt mich" ("Jesus Loves Me", 2012), Gwisdek appeared as a wise drunk in Jan Ole Gerster's 2013 feature "Oh Boy" ("A Coffee in Berlin"). His remarkable turn in the film won Michael Gwisdek the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Gwisdek maintained a busy schedule with very diverse roles in films like "Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee" ("Shark Alarm at Müggel Lake", 2013), "Vaterfreuden" ("Joy of Fatherhood", 2014) and "Miss Sixty" (2014). After playing a secret service official in the political satire "Heil" (2015), he starred as reactivated East German spy in the comedy "Kundschafter des Friedens" (2016).

Filmography

2017/2018 Das schweigende Klassenzimmer
Cast
 
2015/2016 Kundschafter des Friedens
Cast
 
2014/2015 Heil
Cast
 
2013/2014 Männerhort
Cast
 
2013/2014 Nachthelle
Cast
 
2013/2014 Miss Sixty
Cast
 
2013/2014 Vaterfreuden
Cast
 
2013/2014 Altersglühen - Speed Dating für Senioren
Cast
 
2012/2013 Vijay und ich - Meine Frau geht fremd mit mir
Cast
 
2012/2013 Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee
Cast, Associate producer
 
2012/2013 Flaschenpost an meinen Mann
Cast
 
2011/2012 Jesus liebt mich
Cast
 
2011/2012 Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein
Cast
 
2011/2012 Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn
Cast
 
2010/2011 Visus - Expedition Arche Noah
Cast
 
2010-2012 Oh Boy
Cast
 
2009/2010 Vater Morgana
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das Lied in mir
Cast
 
2009 Mein Mauerfall – Prominente erzählen Zeitgeschichte
Participation
 
2009 Boxhagener Platz
Cast
 
2009 Wir waren so frei
Participation
 
2008/2009 Schiffe versenken
Cast
 
2008/2009 Männersache
Cast
 
2008/2009 Hilde
Cast
 
2007/2008 Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Cast
 
2007/2008 Das Wunder von Berlin
Cast
 
2007-2009 Hinter Kaifeck
Cast
 
2007-2009 Die Blücherbande
Cast
 
2007 Die Schatzinsel
Cast
 
2007 Macht der Angst
Cast
 
2006/2007 Pornorama oder Die Bekenntnisse der mannstollen Näherin Rita Brauchts
Cast
 
2005/2006 Elementarteilchen
Cast
 
2005/2006 Reine Formsache
Cast
 
2005 Die Luftbrücke - Nur der Himmel war frei
Cast
 
2005 Ich bin ein Berliner
Cast
 
2005 Hölle im Kopf
Cast
 
2004/2005 Almost Heaven
Cast
 
2004/2005 Barfuss
Cast
 
2004/2005 Speer und er
Cast
 
2004-2008 Ich will da sein - Jenny Gröllmann
Participation
 
2004 Sterne leuchten auch am Tag
Cast
 
2003/2004 Kleine Schwester
Cast
 
2003/2004 Kleinruppin Forever
Cast
 
2003 Zur Zeit verstorben
Cast
 
2002/2003 Das Konto
Cast
 
2002/2003 Herr Lehmann
Cast
 
2002/2003 Die schnelle Gerdi und die Hauptstadt
Cast
 
2002 Schlaraffenland
Cast
 
2001/2002 Wer liebt, hat Recht
Cast
 
2001-2003 Good Bye, Lenin!
Cast
 
2000/2001 Vaya con dios
Cast
 
2000/2001 Mörderinnen
Cast
 
1999/2000 Der Weg zur Hölle
Cast
 
1999/2000 Zimmer mit Frühstück
Cast
 
1999/2000 Freunde
Cast
 
1999/2000 Frau2 sucht Happyend
Cast
 
1999/2000 Eine Hand voll Gras
Cast
 
1999/2000 Die Unberührbare
Cast
 
1999 Der Elefant in meinem Bett
Cast
 
1998/1999 Nachtgestalten
Cast
 
1997/1998 Ein Hauch von Hollywood
Cast
 
1997/1998 Die Bubi Scholz Story
Cast
 
1997/1998 Das Mambospiel
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1996/1997 Napoleon Fritz
Cast
 
1996-1998 Sieben Monde
Cast
 
1996 Der Phoenix-Deal
Cast
 
1996 Gefährliche Freundin
Cast
 
1995/1996 Unter die Haut
Cast
 
1995 Wer nicht schweigt, muß sterben
Cast
 
1995 Edgar Wallace - Der Blinde
Cast
 
1995 Die Tote von Amelung
Cast
 
1995 Der Mann auf der Bettkante
Cast
 
1995 Im Sumpf
Cast
 
1994/1995 Der Kontrolleur
Cast
 
1993/1994 Wachtmeister Zumbühl
Cast
 
1993/1994 Abschied von Agnes
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1993 Nach acht langen Jahren
Cast
 
1992 Das große Fest
Cast
 
1991/1992 Die Spur des Bernsteinzimmers
Cast
 
1990/1991 Der Verdacht
Cast
 
1990/1991 Das Heimweh des Walerjan Wróbel
Cast
 
1990/1991 Farßmann oder Zu Fuß in die Sackgasse
Cast
 
1990 Der Tangospieler
Cast
 
1989/1990 Herzlich willkommen
Cast
 
1988/1989 Coming out
Cast
 
1988/1989 Treffen in Travers
Director, Screenplay
 
1988/1989 Pestalozzis Berg
Cast
 
1987/2004 Der Ausländer
Participation
 
1987/1988 Die Schauspielerin
Cast
 
1987/1988 Eifersucht
Cast
 
1987/1988 Yasemin
Cast
 
1987 Der Werwolf von W.
Cast
 
1987 Der kleine Staatsanwalt
Cast
 
1986/1987 Merkwürdiges Beispiel einer weiblichen Rache
Cast
 
1985-1987 Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund
Cast
 
1984/1985 Hälfte des Lebens
Cast
 
1983/1984 Ärztinnen
Cast
 
1983 Der Fall Bachmeier - Keine Zeit für Tränen
Cast
 
1982/1983 Olle Henry
Cast
 
1982 Stella
Cast
 
1982 Dein unbekannter Bruder
Cast
 
1981/1982 Märkische Forschungen
Cast
 
1981 Feuerdrachen
Cast
 
1980/1988 Jadup und Boel
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Stunde der Töchter
Cast
 
1979 Der Menschenhasser
Cast
 
1979 Ramona
Cast
 
1977/1978 Zünd an, es kommt die Feuerwehr
Cast
 
1977/1978 Addio, piccola mia
Cast
 
1977 Der gepuderte Mann im bunten Rock oder Musjöh lebt gefährlich
Cast
 
1975/1976 Hostess
Cast
 
1975/1976 Mann gegen Mann
Cast
 
1975 Jede Woche Hochzeitstag
Cast
 
1974/1975 Till Eulenspiegel
Cast
 
1974/1975 Mein lieber Mann und ich
Cast
 
1974 Das Schilfrohr
Cast
 
1968 Weiße Wölfe
Cast
 
1968 Die Toten bleiben jung
Cast
 
1968 Jungfer, Sie gefällt mir
Cast
 
1967/1968 Spur des Falken
Cast