Til Schweiger

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Til Schweiger
TilSchweiger 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.jpg
BornTilman Valentin Schweiger
(1963-12-19) 19 December 1963 (age 51)
Freiburg, West Germany
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Dana Carlson (1995–present, separated)
ChildrenValentin Schweiger
Luna Schweiger
Lilli Schweiger
Emma Tiger Schweiger
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Til Schweiger
TilSchweiger 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.jpg
BornTilman Valentin Schweiger
(1963-12-19) 19 December 1963 (age 51)
Freiburg, West Germany
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Dana Carlson (1995–present, separated)
ChildrenValentin Schweiger
Luna Schweiger
Lilli Schweiger
Emma Tiger Schweiger

Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈvaləntiːn ˈʃvaɪɡɐ]; born 19 December 1963) is a German actor, director, and producer. He is one of Germany's most successful filmmakers. Since 1968, when the FFA started counting, no other German actor has drawn more people to the cinemas.[1] He runs his own production company, Barefoot Films, in Berlin.[2]

Early life[edit]

Schweiger was born in Freiburg, West Germany, to two teachers. He grew up in Heuchelheim near Giessen in Hesse, where he went to school. Later he took acting lessons at Der Keller in Cologne and graduated in 1989.


Schweiger's debut as a producer and (uncredited) director came in 1997 with Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The film remains a cult favourite for audiences worldwide. He also directed and produced Der Eisbär (The Polar Bear) in 1998. Schweiger won a prestigious Bambi Award for Barfuß (Barefoot) in 2005, which he wrote, directed, and starred in.[3] He also won a Bambi for his lead role in Traumschiff Surprise – Periode 1. In 2007, Keinohrhasen (this literally translates to "no ear rabbit" while the English title is Rabbit Without Ears), written, produced, and directed by Schweiger, became the most successful film in German theaters with a box office result of USD 62,000,000.[4] The film won a Bambi, a Bavarian Film Award, the German Comedy Award, two DIVA Awards, a Jupiter Award and the Ernst Lubitsch Award. The sequel, Zweiohrküken (Rabbit Without Ears 2, literally "two ear chicks"), was released the following year and was also a huge success with over 4.2 million viewers and a box office of USD 45,000,000. Schweiger then went on to direct, produce and star in 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde, which also proved a huge cinema hit on its release in 2008. The movie Kokowääh debuted in German cinemas in February 2011. Schweiger's daughter Emma stars beside him, and the movie is also directed, co-written and produced by him. Schweiger and Emma reprised their roles as Henry and Magdalena, respectively, in its sequel, titled Kokowääh 2. The film was released on 7 February 2013. In 2012 Schweiger made a film alongside with his daughter Luna named Schutzengel. Til plays Max a former KSK (German Special Forces) who works at witness protection. He then met Nina who saw her boyfriend being murdered. During this Film you see the scars Max suffered during his time in war, mostly Afghanistan. Til Schweiger dedicated this movie to all German soldiers past and present who were in Afghanistan, and named one soldier in particular.

Onscreen, Schweiger first appeared as an actor in 1989 in the TV series "Lindenstraße". His first film role came in 1991 with Manta, Manta. [5][6] Additional TV and film roles followed, including Der bewegte Mann (Maybe, Maybe Not), Männerpension (Jailbirds), Das Mädchen Rosemarie (The Girl Rosemarie), Bastard (Bandyta), Bang Boom Bang, Der große Bagarozy (The Devil and Ms. D.), Was tun, wenn's brennt (What to Do in Case of Fire), Les Daltons vs. Lucky Luke, The Red Baron, Wo ist Fred (Where is Fred?), Phantomschmerz (Phantom Pain), Männerherzen, and others.

Schweiger has also appeared in a wide range of American films, including Already Dead, King Arthur, In Enemy Hands, Magicians, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Driven, SLC Punk!, Investigating Sex, Joe and Max, The Replacement Killers and New Year's Eve. His latest big screen appearance was as Hugo Stiglitz in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Schweiger then appeared in the US productions The Courier with Mickey Rourke, This Means War (2012), with Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon and more recently in 2013 as Darko in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Shia LaBeouf among others. He also made an appearance in 2014's Muppets Most Wanted.

Personal life[edit]

Schweiger married American model Dana Carlson on 19 June 1995. The couple has four children: Valentin Florian Schweiger (born 17 September 1995), Luna Marie Schweiger (born 11 January 1997), Lilli Camille Schweiger (born 17 July 1998), and Emma Tiger Schweiger (born 26 October 2002). Schweiger and Carlson separated in 2005, but have not divorced.

Schweiger was in a relationship with model Svenja Holtmann from 2010 to October 2013.



YearFilmRoleNotes and awards
1991Manta, MantaBertieFirst film in which he was the lead actor
1993Ebbies BluffMax-Ophüls-Preis Best Actor Newcomer Award
1994Maybe, Maybe NotAxel FeldheimBambi
1995MännerpensionSteinbockBambi; DIVA-Award
1997Knockin' On Heaven's DoorMartin BrestAlso Writer and Producer
20th Moscow International Film Festival - Best Actor;[7] Jupiter Best Actor; Goldene Kamera Best Actor
1997Bandyta (Bastard)BrutePolish Film Festival[8] (Polish Oscar) Best Actor; Bravo Otto Best Actor
1998Judas KissRuben Rubenbauer
1998Der EisbärLeoAlso Director and Producer
1998SLC Punk!Mark
1998The Replacement KillersRyker
1999Der große BagarozyStanislaus Nagy
2001DrivenBeau Brandenburg
2001Investigating SexMonty
2001Was tun, wenn's brennt?Tim
2002Joe and MaxMax Schmeling
2003Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of LifeSean
2004King ArthurCynric
2004In Enemy HandsCaptain Jonas Herdt
2004Les DaltonLucky Luke
2004(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1Rock Fertig AusBambi Best Actor
2005Deuce Bigalow: European GigoloHeinz Hummer the Gigolo with the most below
2005BarfussNick KellerAlso Writer, Director and Producer
Bambi Best Film
2006One WayEddie SchneiderAlso Producer
2006Wo ist Fred?Fred KrüppersJupiter Best Actor
2007Already DeadThe Man[9]
2007Body ArmourJohn Ridley
2007KeinohrhasenLudo DeckerAlso Writer, Director and Producer
Ernst-Lubitsch-Preis Best Comedy ; Bambi Best Film; Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy; Jupiter Best Film; 2x DIVA-Award Best Film
2008The Red BaronWerner VossBravo Otto
2008Far CryJack Carver
20081½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess HerzelindeRitter LanzeAlso Director and Producer
2009Inglourious BasterdsSgt. Hugo StiglitzScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009MännerherzenJerome Ades
2009Zweiohrküken (Keinohrhasen 2)Ludo DeckerAlso Writer, Director and Producer
Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy
2011The Three MusketeersCagliostro
2011The CourierFBI agent
2011KokowäähHenryAlso Writer, Director and Producer
2011Männerherzen 2Jerome
2011New Year's EveJames Schwab
2012This Means WarHeinrich
2012SchutzengelMaxAlso Director and Producer
2013Charlie CountrymanDarko
2013Kokowääh 2HenryAlso Writer, Director and Producer
2014Muppets Most Wanted
2014Honig im KopfDirector


YearTV ShowRoleNotes and awards
1989–1992LindenstraßeJo Zenker
2013-presentTatortNick TschillerTatort in Hamburg


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