Ulrich Matthes

Ulrich Matthes

Darsteller
*09.05.1959 Berlin

Biography

Ulrich Matthes, born on May 9th, 1959 in Berlin to the Tagesspiegel editor Günter Matthes; he studied German and English at the Freie Universität of Berlin. Following an audition for Martin Held, he decided to enter the acting program, and took private lessons from Else Bongers. Beginning in 1985, he performed at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus – where he played four major roles within twelve months; thereafter, he was at the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel and Münchener Kammerspiele, then went to Berlin in 1992 to perform at Schaubühne and at Deutsches Theater. He was distinguished as actor of the year 1987 by "Theater Heute".

Having made his TV debut in 1970 as a child in "Die Wesenacks", he went on to play a Stasi-Captain in "Nicolaikirche" (1995), and the terrorist Jan-Carl Raspe in "Todesspiel" (1997). Notable film roles for the cinema followed, including the amnesiac projectionist in Tom Tykwer's "Winterschläfer" ("Wintersleepers" 1997), the obnoxious seducer in Nina Grosse's "Feuerreiter" ("Fire Rider" 1998), for which Matthes was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize; the heretical Brecht-supporter in "Abschied" ("The Farewell" 2000) and Joseph Goebbels in "Der Untergang" ("Downfall" 2004).

For his role as a priest released from the Dachau concentration camp in Volker Schlöndorff's "Der Neunte Tag" ("The Ninth Day" 2004) Ulrich Matthes was moninated for the German as well as for the European Film Prize. Working extensively for the theatre Ulrich Matthes is not often seen on the screen. Another important role he plays in Christian Schwochow's drama "Novemberkind" ("November Child", 2008).

Also in 2008, Ulrich Matthes was named Best Actor by the trade paper "theater heute" for his performance in the production of "Onkel Wanja" at the Deutsche Theater. The same role also won him the Faust-Theaterpreis. In 2009, he starred along with Nina Hoss in Christian Petzold's production of Arthur Schnitzler's "Der Einsame Weg" at the Deutsche Theater.

Following his turns in the TV comedy "Neue Vahr Süd" (2010) and in Christian Schwochow's "Die Unsichtbare" ("Cracks in the shell", 2011), he was one of the leads in Volker Schlöndorff's WWII drama "Das Meer am Morgen" ("Calm at Sea", DE/FR 2012). He next starred in the international co-productions "Kunduz" ("Kunduz – The Incident at Hagji Ghafur", DE/AF 2012), and "Das große Heft" ("The Notebook", HU/DE/AT/FR 2013), before receiving great reviews for his portrayal of a diabolical gangster in the acclaimed "Tatort" episode "Im Schmerz geboren".

His performance in the made-for-TV tragicomedy "Bornholmer Straße" (2014) won Matthes the award for Best Supporting Actor by the Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen. After lead roles in "Der Puppenspieler" (2016) and "Die vermisste Frau", Matthes joined the cast of Terrence Malick's "Radegund" (US/DE 2017).

Filmography

2017 Krieg
Cast
 
2017 Narration
Cast
 
2016/2017 Radegund
Cast
 
2016 Geschichte einer Liebe - Freya
Voice
 
2015/2016 Der Dicke liebt
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die vierte Gewalt
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die vermisste Frau
Cast
 
2015-2017 Die Puppenspieler
Cast
 
2014 Bornholmer Straße
Cast
 
2013/2014 Im Schmerz geboren
Cast
 
2013 Spielweisen
Participation
 
2012/2013 Das grosse Heft
Cast
 
2012 Kunduz
Cast
 
2011/2012 Das Meer am Morgen
Cast
 
2011/2012 A Little Suicide
Voice
 
2011/2012 Faust Sonnengesang
Voice
 
2010/2011 Die Unsichtbare
Cast
 
2010/2011 Stille Wasser
Cast
 
2010 Neue Vahr Süd
Cast
 
2007/2008 Novemberkind
Cast
 
2005/2006 Vineta
Cast
 
2004-2010 Sergej in der Urne
Voice
 
2003/2004 Der Untergang
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der neunte Tag
Cast
 
2003/2004 Mitfahrer
Cast
 
2003/2004 Hitlers letzte Tage. Der Film "Der Untergang"
Participation
 
1999/2000 Abschied. Brechts letzter Sommer
Cast
 
1998/1999 Mörderkind
Cast
 
1998/1999 Der Hahn ist tot
Cast
 
1997/1998 Abgehauen
Cast
 
1997/1998 Feuerreiter
Cast
 
1997/1998 Aimée & Jaguar
Cast
 
1996/1997 Winterschläfer
Cast
 
1996/1997 Todesspiel
Cast
 
1996/1997 Eine kleine rote Zahl
Cast
 
1995 Nikolaikirche
Cast
 
1994 Sommersprossen
Cast
 
1992/1993 Mann im Regen
Cast
 
1991/1992 Herr Ober!
Cast
 
1991 Verlorene Würde
Cast
 
1987 Der Tote auf der Parkbank
Cast