Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch

Darsteller
*31.05.1962 Karlsruhe

Biography

Sebastian Koch, born May 31, 1962, in Karlsruhe, started his acting career at Munich's Otto Falckenberg drama school that he attended from 1982 to 1985. Following drama school, Koch performed at theatres in Ulm and Darmstadt and became a cast member of the well-known Schillertheater in Berlin in 1990.

From the beginning of the 1990s on, Koch also started to appear in international movie and TV productions, such as the episodic movie "Flirt", directed by the American auteur filmmaker Hal Hartley. Koch made his breakthrough performance with the portray of RAF terrorist Andreas Baader in Heinrich Breloer's highly praised TV movie "Todesspiel". Koch then assured his name as a character actor with parts in Rolf Schübel's "Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod – Gloomy Sunday" ("Gloomy Sunday") and Roland Suso Richter's two-part TV movie "Der Tunnel" ("The Tunnel").

In 2002, Koch became the first actor in 30 years to win two Grimme prizes: one for his part as kidnappee Richard Oetker in "Tanz mit dem Teufel" (Dance With The Devil"), and one for his portrayal of novelist Klaus Mann in Heinrich Breloer's award-winning "Die Manns – Ein Jahrhundertroman". Cinema goers saw Koch in the successful new adaptation of the children's book classic "Das fliegende Klassenzimmer" ("The Flying Classroom") or in the thriller "Tödlicher Umweg" ("Deadly Diversion").

In 2006, Koch made his international breakthrough in a leading role in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's award-winning drama "Das Leben der Anderen" ("The Lives of Others"). Koch convinced movie goers with his intense and complex portrayal of a GDR artist whose life is systematically destroyed by the Stasi. Shortly after "The Lives of Others", Koch also proved his comic talent in the (human) leading role of the family comedy "Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel 2" ("Rudy - The Return of the Racing Pig"). But in Paul Verhoeven's international production "Black Book", Koch returned to a far more serious topic. In this drastic Nazi drama, Koch stars as a morally ambivalent Wehrmacht officer.

"In jeder Sekunde" (2008), the directorial debut of cinematographer Jan Fehse, saw Koch as a successful physician experiencing a marriage crisis. Next he was one of the leads in Hermine Huntgeburth's adaptation of Fontane's "Effi Briest" (2009).

His portrayal of the title character in a TV adaptation of Jack London's "Der Seewolf" (CDN/D 2009) garnered Koch an Emmy nomination. Starring opposite Klaus Maria Brandauer, he played a public relations manager and alleged spy in the thriller "Manipulation" (CH/D 2011); in the international co-production "Unknown Identity" (USA/F/D 2011), he appeared as a scientist in mortal danger.

He again displayed his full range as a character actor in Nina Grosse's drama "Das Wochenende" (2013), playing a former Red Army Faction terrorist who meets with his old associates – one of whom betrayed him to the police.

Koch went on to star in a string of international productions, including the Greek-Russian period piece "O Theos agapaei to haviari" ( 2012), the Czech thriller "Ve stínu" ("In the Shadows"), which garnered him a nomination at the Czech Film Awards, and Mike Figgis' "Suspension of Disbelief" (2012). Moreover, director Ridley Scott cast him in a pivotal role in the TV drama "The Vatican" (2013).

After landing the prestigious role of the villain opposite Bruce Willis in "A Good Day to Die Hard" (US 2013), he starred in Götz Spielmann's acclaimed drama "Oktober November" (AT 2013) and played Alfred Nobel in the TV production "Eine Liebe für den Frieden" (2014). Remaining a high profile, Koch next appeared in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" (US/UK 2015) and had a recurring role in the TV series "Homeland".

In 2015, Koch played East-German lawyer Wolfgang Vogel in Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated thriller "Bridge of Spies" (US/IN/DE 2015).

In the French-German-Belgian co-production "Im Namen meiner Tochter - Der Fall Kalinka" ("Bamberski: The Kalinka Case", 2016), he played the German physician and rapist Dieter Krombach who after decades of jurisdictional disputes was finally sentenced to a lengthy prison term in 2012. Koch portrayed another dark character, the physician Valentin Faltlhauser (in the film called Walter Veithausen) who carried out euthanasia killings for the Nazis, in "Nebel im August" ("Fog in August", 2016). For his haunting performance, Koch received the Günter-Rohrbach-Filmpreis. In the same year, he appeared in a supporting role as the rich father of a rebellious teenager whose boot camp is taken over by kidnappers in the British action thriller "Take Down". Sebastian Koch was also a member of the ensemble in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Werk ohne Autor" (2017), a drama based on the life of the painter Gerhard Richter.

Filmography

2016/2017 Werk ohne Autor
Cast
 
2015/2016 Nebel im August
Cast
 
2015/2016 Unsere Wildnis
Voice
 
2015 The Danish Girl
Cast
 
2014/2015 Bridge of Spies - Der Unterhändler
Cast
 
2014-2016 Im Namen meiner Tochter - Der Fall Kalinka
Cast
 
2014 Eine Liebe für den Frieden
Cast
 
2011/2012 Manipulation
Cast
 
2011/2012 Das Wochenende
Cast
 
2011 Stich ins Herz
Cast
 
2009-2011 Unknown Identity
Cast
 
2007/2008 In jeder Sekunde
Cast
 
2007-2009 Effi Briest
Cast
 
2007 Auf dem Vulkan
Cast
 
2006/2007 Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel 2
Cast
 
2006/2007 Dreams of Happiness
Cast
 
2006 Die Ausreisser
Cast
 
2005/2006 Black Book
Cast
 
2004/2005 Das Leben der Anderen
Cast
 
2004/2005 Speer und er
Cast
 
2004 Remember
Cast
 
2003/2004 Stauffenberg
Cast
 
2003/2004 Tödlicher Umweg
Cast
 
2002/2003 Zwei Tage Hoffnung
Cast
 
2002 Das fliegende Klassenzimmer
Cast
 
2001/2002 Amen
Cast
 
2001 Die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman
Cast
 
2000/2001 Der Tunnel
Cast
 
2000/2001 Der Tanz mit dem Teufel - Die Entführung des Richard Oetker
Cast
 
1999 Das Tal der Schatten
Cast
 
1999 Der Mörder meiner Mutter
Cast
 
1998/1999 Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod - Gloomy Sunday
Cast
 
1998 Der Rosenmörder
Cast
 
1997 Hart am Limit
Cast
 
1997 Ende einer Leidenschaft
Cast
 
1996/1997 Todesspiel
Cast
 
1996/1997 Woanders scheint nachts die Sonne
Cast
 
1996 Geldgier
Cast
 
1995/1996 Der Mörder und die Hure
Cast
 
1995 Ein fast perfekter Seitensprung
Cast
 
1994/1995 Blutige Spur
Cast
 
1994/1995 Die brennende Schnecke
Cast
 
1994 Abendessen mit Bruno
Cast
 
1994 In Liebe und Tod
Cast
 
1994 Freundinnen
Cast
 
1993-1995 Flirt
Cast
 
1993 Ich hatt' einen Kameraden
Cast
 
1993 Das Sahara-Projekt
Cast
 
1991/1992 Cosimas Lexikon
Cast
 
1990/1991 Transit
Cast
 
1990 Der zweite Mann
Cast
 
1986/1987 Die Macht des Schicksals
Cast