Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger

Additional Names: Tilman Valentin Schweiger (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Musik, Produzent
*19.12.1963 Freiburg im Breisgau

Biography

Til Schweiger was born December 12, 1963 in Freiburg. He began to study medicine in Cologne, but quit soon. After studying German and working as a waiter and discjockey he decided to become an actor. Three years of actor's training at the school of the theatre "Der Keller" in Cologne followed, then he first played in Bonn at "Contra-Kreis-Theater".

From 1991 on Schweiger played Jo Zenker in the TV-Series "Lindenstraße" – a role which made him popular despite its sporadic appearances. Then Schweiger was discovered by Bernd Eichinger who casted him for his action comedy "Manta, Manta", followed by his second role in a feature film: as amateur boxer Rudy in "Ebbies Bluff" (1993) he was awarded Max Ophüls Price for best young actor. From 1994 on he played the assistant to Hannelore Elsner in the TV crime series "Die Kommissarin".

The huge success of Sönke Wortmann's comedy "Der bewegte Mann" ("Maybe, maybe not", 1994) after the cartoon by Ralf König, in which Schweiger played the heterosexual Axel in homoerotic turbulences made him a real star and also a sex symbol. In the following years he played in Lars Becker's "Bunte Hunde" ("The Break", 1995) and Detlev Buck's "Männerpension" ("Jailbirds", 1996). In spring 1996 he founded the production company "Mr. Brown Entertainment" together with Thomas Zickler and André Hennicke. Their first feature film was the crime comedy "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (1997) by newcomer director Thomas Jahn which turned out to be an enormous success.

In the following years Schweiger was also seen in international productions like "Bastard" with John Hurt and in a small role as a killer in "The Replacement Killers" by Antoine Fuqua. His debut as a director followed in 1998 with the comedy "Der Eisbär" ("The Polar Bear", 1998) about two killers in trouble – one of them played by Schweiger.

Besides his roles in German films as different as "Der große Bagarozy" ("The Great Bagarozy", 1999), "Bang Boom Bang" (1999), "Agnes und seine Brüder" ("Agnes and his Brothers", 2004), "Wo ist Fred" ("Where is Fred?", 2006) and "Far Cry" (2008) Schweiger played more and more roles in American films like "Driven" (2001), "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (2002) or "King Arthur" (2003). His next film as director was the romantic comedy "Barfuß" (2005). Again he played a main role alongside Johanna Wokalek.

With the romantic comedy "KeinOhrHasen" ("Rabbit Without Ears", 2007) that again saw him as director, producer, author, and leading actor, Schweiger celebrated a huge box office success in 2007: The film about a cynical gossip reporter who falls in love with a sensitive kindergarten teacher (Nora Tschirner), attracted more than six million viewers to the movie theatres.

In late 2008, the star-studded knight movie parody "1 ½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde" ("1 ½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde"), Schweiger's fourth film as a director, opened in German theatres. At the same time, Schweiger starred in Quentin Tarantino's war film "Inglorious Bastards" that opened in cinemas in 2009.

Again with himself and Nora Tschirner in the leading roles he directed the sequel to "Keinohrhasen" in 2009: "Zweiohrküken" ("Rabbit Without Ears 2"). In the same year he was part of the ensemble of "Männerherzen" ("Men in the City"), directed by Simon Verhoeven. His next work as director was the comedy "Kokowääh", once again with himself but also with his little daughter Emma Tiger in the leading roles.

The same year, he had a supporting role in the international co-production "Die drei Musketiere" ("The Three Musketeers"), starred in the sequel "Männerherzen... und die ganz ganz große Liebe" ("Men in the City 2") and appeared in a small part in the Hollywood production "Happy New Year". Joining a cast including Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine und Tom Hardy, he played a contract killer in the action comedy "This Means War" (US, 2012), and in the thriller "The Courier" (US, 2012), he appeared as an FBI agent opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke.

In the late summer of 2012, Schweiger released his seventh feature film as director: "Schutzengel" ("Guardians") tells the story of a former soldier (Schweiger), who is assigned to protect a prime witness, who is played by Schweiger's daughter Luna. Immediately after the release of "Kokowääh 2", which again featured Schweiger as director, producer and male lead, he made his debut as police detective Nick Tschiller in the "Tatort" TV franchise: Directed by Christian Alvart, "Willkommen in Hamburg" was an unusually action-packed entry in the "Tatort" series and turned to be a ratings hit.

Next, Schweiger made the titular stuffed animals of his box office hits "Keinohrhasen" and "Zweiohrküken" the protagonists of an animated feature film which he co-directed with Maya Gräfin Rothkirch: "Keinohrhase und Zweiohrküken" was released in September 2013.

Following his next turn in the "Tatort" TV series and notable cameos in Peter Thorwarth's "Nicht mein Tag" ("Not My Day", 2014) and "Muppets Most Wanted" (US 2014), Schweiger directed (and co-starred in) the box office hit "Honig im Kopf" ("Head Full of Honey"), which won the audience award at the 2015 German Film Awards.

In 2016, he returned to his role as Hamburg police detective Nick Tschiller for two more "Tatort" entries on TV, and the plot of these films was eventually continued in the theatrical release "Tschiller Off Duty". In the summer of 2016, Schweiger guest-featured in the teenager film "Conni & Co." which he also co-produced and in which his daughter Emma Tiger played the lead. "Unsere Zeit ist jetzt" (2016), an idiosyncratic blend of comedy, romance and a showbiz portrait about and with rapper Cro, saw him in a similar constellation as the producer and in a supporting role.

Schweiger returned to play a lead in the crime comedy "Vier gegen die Bank" (2016) in which Schweiger, Matthias Schweighöfer, Jan Josef Liefers and Michael Herbig form a crew of amateur crooks who want to take revenge on a scheming bank director.

Filmography

2017/2018 Berlin I Love You
Director
 
2017/2018 Klassentreffen 1.0
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2016/2017 Rückkehr nach Montauk
Co-Producer
 
2016/2017 Conni & Co. 2 - Das Geheimnis des T-Rex
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Music (other), Producer
 
2016/2017 Hot Dog
Cast, Screenplay
 
2015/2016 Vier gegen die Bank
Cast
 
2015/2016 Unsere Zeit ist jetzt
Cast, Editing, Producer
 
2015/2016 Conni & Co.
Cast, Co-Producer
 
2015/2016 Tschiller: Off Duty
Cast, Producer
 
2014/2015 8 Sekunden - Ein Augenblick Unendlichkeit
Co-Producer
 
2014-2016 Fegefeuer
Cast
 
2014-2016 Der große Schmerz
Cast
 
2014 Honig im Kopf
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
2013/2014 Kopfgeld
Cast
 
2013/2014 KeinOhrHasen 3
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2013 Nicht mein Tag
Co-Producer
 
2012/2013 Keinohrhase und Zweiohrküken
dubbed by, Director, Screenplay, based on, Co-Producer
 
2012/2013 Grossstadtklein
Producer
 
2012/2013 Willkommen in Hamburg
Cast
 
2012/2013 Kokowääh 2
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Co-author, Editing, Producer
 
2012 Schutzengel
Cast, Director, Co-author, Editing, Producer
 
2011/2012 War Below Zero
Cast, Producer
 
2010/2011 Männerherzen...und die ganz ganz große Liebe
Cast
 
2010/2011 Die drei Musketiere
Cast
 
2010/2011 Kokowääh
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2009 Zweiohrküken
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2009 Inglourious Basterds
Cast
 
2008/2009 Männerherzen
Cast
 
2008/2009 Wüstenblume
Co-Producer
 
2008 1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde
Cast, Director, Producer
 
2007/2008 Far Cry
Cast
 
2007-2009 Phantomschmerz
Cast, Co-Producer
 
2007 Keinohrhasen
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2006/2007 Der Bodyguard - Für das Leben des Feindes
Cast
 
2006/2007 One Way
Cast, Producer
 
2006/2007 Video Kings
Cast
 
2006-2008 Der Rote Baron
Cast
 
2006 Oh, wie schön ist Panama
dubbed by
 
2005/2006 Wo ist Fred!?
Cast
 
2005/2006 Liebling, wir graben Harry aus!
Cast
 
2004/2005 Barfuss
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
2004 Die Daltons gegen Lucky Luke
Cast
 
2004 Agnes und seine Brüder
Cast
 
2003/2004 (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1
Cast
 
2003/2004 Erbsen auf halb 6
Co-Producer
 
2002-2004 In Enemy Hands
Cast
 
2001/2002 Joe & Max
Cast
 
2001 Was tun, wenn's brennt?
Cast
 
2000-2002 Auf Herz und Nieren
Editing, Producer
 
2000 Jetzt oder nie: Zeit ist Geld
Cast, Producer
 
1998/1999 Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding
Cast
 
1998/1999 Der große Bagarozy
Cast
 
1998 Der Eisbär
Cast, Director, Producer, Co-Producer
 
1996/1997 Bastard
Cast
 
1996/1997 Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Cast, Screenplay, Producer
 
1996 Das Mädchen Rosemarie
Cast
 
1996 Die Halbstarken
Cast
 
1995/1996 Das Superweib
Cast
 
1995/1996 Männerpension
Cast
 
1994/1995 Bunte Hunde
Cast
 
1994 Lemgo
Cast
 
1994 Der bewegte Mann
Cast
 
1994 ABS Serienmäßig
Cast
 
1993 Schatten der Vergangenheit
Cast
 
1992/1993 Ebbies Bluff
Cast
 
1991 Manta Manta
Cast