Thorsten Merten

Thorsten Merten

Darsteller
*1963 Ruhla

Biography

Thorsten Merten was born in Ruhla near Eisenach in 1963. He originally wanted to become a journalist, but his plan was denied by GDR authorities, because he gave a satirical performance at a local cabaret. Merten then decided to study acting at the Berlin Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" and graduated with a diploma in 1990. After his graduation, he got engagements at various stages throughout Europe, including Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and the Théâtre Vidy Lausanne. He became an ensemble member at the Staatstheater Schwerin from 1992 to 1994 (and from 1999 to 2003).

Merten made his film debut in Andreas Dresen's award-winning film "Stilles Land" (1992), a drama about the German reunification. A minor part in Joseph Orr's comedy "Oben-Unten" (1994) was his last appearance in a film until 2001. He focused on his stage career instead and received the Conrad-Ekhof-Award in 1999.

He made a successful comeback on the big screen with the award-winning film "Halbe Treppe" ("Grill Point", 2001/02) for which he received an award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" at the Festival du Cinéma Européen in Paris. In the following years, Merten had minor parts in several films, including Dito Tsintsadze's "Schussangst" ("Gun-Shy", 2003), Eoin Moore's "Im Schwitzkasten" ("No Sweat", 2005), Aelrun Goette's "Unter dem Eis" ("Under the Ice", 2005), Oskar Roehler's "Elementarteilchen" ("The Elementary Particles", 2006) and Maximilian Erlenwein's "Schwerkraft" ("Gravity", 2009). In "Vier Fenster" ("Four Windows", 2006, director: Christian Moris Müller), Merten had a starring role as an unemployed father.

In 2004, he got engagements at the Maxim-Gorki-Theatre in Berlin where he mostly worked with Volker Hesse. Since 2008, Merten is an ensemble member at the Volksbühne Berlin where he appeared in Dimiter Gotscheff's production of "Iwanow" (2008) and Aischylos's "Prometheus" (2009), and also in "Hunde" ("Dogs", 2008) und "Nord" ("North", 2009) which are based on novels by Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

Apart from working for film and theatre productions, Merten appeared in popular German crime series, including the "Tatort" episode "Die fette Hoppe" where he played alongside Christian Ulmen and Nora Tschirner. He is also well-known for his role as chief inspector Fichte in the "Spreewald-Krimi" installments.

In his latest collaboration with Andreas Dresen, the highly acclaimed drama "Halt auf freier Strecke" ("Stopped on track", 2010/12), Merten gives a human form to the protagonist's cerebral tumor. The same year, he also appeared in the anthology film "Ruhm" ("Glory: A Tale of Mistaken Identities") directed by Isabel Kleefeld and starring Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Senta Berger, Heino Ferch and Julia Koschitz. In Nico Sommer's tragedy "Silvi" ("Silvi - Maybe Love"), which premiered at the Berlinale 2013, Merten plays the ex-husband of the protagonist (Lina Wendel).

In 2014, he returned to the stage at Staatstheater Schwerin with an engagement in "Sonnenallee – Das Musical", based on the film by Thomas Brussig, Detlev Buck and Leander Haußmann. Merten gave his latest performance on screen in Michael Baumann's "Willkommen bei Habib" ("Habib Rhapsody"), which premiered at the Hofer Filmtage in 2013.

 

Filmography

2017/2018 Gundermann
Cast
 
2017 Atlas
Cast
 
2016/2017 Der wüste Gobi
Cast
 
2016/2017 Zwischen Tod und Leben
Cast
 
2016/2017 Tigermilch
Cast
 
2016/2017 In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
Cast
 
2016/2017 Der scheidende Schupo
Cast
 
2016/2017 Ursula Mayer gegen den Rest der Welt
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die letzte Sau
Cast
 
2015/2016 Spiel mit dem Tod
Cast
 
2015/2016 Der treue Roy
Cast
 
2014/2015 Alki Alki
Cast
 
2014/2015 Einschnitt
Cast
 
2014/2015 Nackt unter Wölfen
Cast
 
2014/2015 Die Sturmnacht
Cast
 
2014/2015 Heil
Cast
 
2014 Der Irre Iwan
Cast
 
2014 Fremdkörper
Cast
 
2014 Bornholmer Straße
Cast
 
2013/2014 Der Rücktritt
Cast
 
2013/2014 Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.
Cast
 
2013/2014 Von jetzt an kein Zurück
Cast
 
2013 Die fette Hoppe
Cast
 
2013 Sunny
Cast
 
2013 Mörderische Hitze
Cast
 
2012/2013 Silvi
Cast
 
2012/2013 Gloomy Sabbath
Cast
 
2012/2013 Willkommen bei Habib
Cast
 
2011/2012 Sushi in Suhl
Cast
 
2011/2012 Der Turm
Cast
 
2011/2012 Eine tödliche Legende
Cast
 
2011/2012 Kohlhaas oder Die Verhältnismässigkeit der Mittel
Cast
 
2011 Augen zu
Cast
 
2011 Inklusion - gemeinsam anders
Cast
 
2010/2011 Ruhm
Cast
 
2010/2011 Halt auf freier Strecke
Cast
 
2010/2011 Arschkalt
Cast
 
2010/2011 weisst du eigentlich dass ganz viele blumen blühen im park
Cast
 
2010 Unbelehrbar
Cast
 
2010 Mondwärts
Cast
 
2010 Freie Radikale
Cast
 
2010 Risiko
Cast
 
2009 Die im Schatten sieht man nicht
Cast
 
2009 Empathie
Cast
 
2008/2009 Schwerkraft
Cast
 
2008/2009 Entführt
Cast
 
2008/2009 So glücklich war ich noch nie
Cast
 
2008/2009 Der Tote im Spreewald
Cast
 
2008 Der tote Chinese
Cast
 
2007/2008 Vom Atmen unter Wasser
Cast
 
2007/2008 Hakenland
Cast
 
2007/2008 Novemberkind
Cast
 
2007 Dunkler Sommer
Cast
 
2006/2007 Spätschicht
Cast
 
2006/2007 Meer is nich
Cast
 
2006/2007 Underdogs
Cast
 
2006/2007 Früher oder später
Cast
 
2006 Die unsichtbare Hand
Cast
 
2005/2006 Die Frau am Ende der Strasse
Cast
 
2005/2006 Helen, Fred und Ted
Cast
 
2005/2006 Kunstfehler
Cast
 
2005/2006 Pechmarie
Cast
 
2005/2006 Vier Fenster
Cast
 
2005/2006 Elementarteilchen
Cast
 
2005/2006 Schwarzes Herz
Cast
 
2005/2006 Sonnenfinsternis
Cast
 
2005 Unter dem Eis
Cast
 
2004/2005 Im Schwitzkasten
Cast
 
2004/2005 Die Nachrichten
Cast
 
2004 Porzellan
Cast
 
2003/2004 Stauffenberg
Cast
 
2003/2004 Transport
Cast
 
2003/2004 Charlotte
Cast
 
2003/2004 Kleinruppin Forever
Cast
 
2003-2005 Wahrheit oder Pflicht
Cast
 
2003 Tod im Park
Cast
 
2002/2003 Schussangst
Cast
 
2001/2002 Halbe Treppe
Cast
 
1993/1994 Oben - Unten
Cast
 
1991/1992 Stilles Land
Cast
 

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