Til 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.He runs his own production company, Barefoot Films, in Berlin.

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 Til Schweiger's Early life and family

Schweiger was born in Freiburg im Breisgau , Germany . He married American model Dana Carlson on June 19, 1995. The couple has four children: Valentin Florian (b. 1995 ), Luna Marie (b. 1997 ), Lilli Camille (b. 1998 ), and Emma Tiger (b. October 2002 ). They separated in 2005, but have not divorced.

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 Til Schweiger's Career

Schweiger's debut as a producer and (uncredited) director came in 1997 withKnockin' on Heaven's Door. The film remains a cult favourite for audiences worldwide. He also directed and producedDer Eisbär(The Polar Bear) in 1998. Schweiger won a prestigious Bambi Award forBarfuß(Barefoot) in 2005, which he wrote, directed and starred in.He also won a Bambi for his lead role inTraumschiff Surprise – Periode 1. In 2008,Keinohrhasen(this literally translates to "no ear rabbits" while the English title isRabbit Without Ears), which was written, produced and directed by Schweiger, became the most successful film in German theaters with a box office result of USD 62,000,000.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 in1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde, which also proved a huge cinema hit on its release in 2008. The movieKokowäähcame to German cinemas in February 2011. His daughter Emma stars beside him, and the movie is also directed, co-written and produced by him.

Onscreen, Schweiger first appeared as an actor in 1989 in the TV series " Lindenstraße ". His first film role came in 1991 withManta, Manta. Additional TV and film roles followed, includingDer 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, includingAlready Dead,King Arthur,In Enemy Hands,Magicians,Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,Driven,SLC Punk!,Investigating Sex,Jow and Max, andThe Replacement Killers. His latest big screen appearance was as Hugo Stiglitz in Quentin Tarantino'sInglourious Basterds. Schweiger appeared in the US productionsThe Courierwith Mickey Rourke andThis Means War(2012), with Reese Witherspoon .

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 Til Schweiger's Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes and awards
1991 Manta, Manta Bertie
1993 Ebbies Bluff Max-Ophüls-PreisBest Actor Newcomer Award
1994 Maybe, Maybe Not Axel Feldheim Bambi
1995 Männerpension Steinbock Bambi;DIVA-Award
1997 Knockin' On Heaven's Door Martin Brest Also Writer/Producer
Moscow International Filmfestival - Best Actor;JupiterBest Actor;Goldene KameraBest Actor
1997 Bandyta(Bastard) Brute Polish Film Festival(Polish Oscar) Best Actor;Bravo OttoBest Actor
1998 Judas Kiss Ruben Rubenbauer
1998 SLC Punk! Mark
1998 The Replacement Killers Ryker
1999 Der große Bagarozy Stanislaus Nagy
2000 Magicians Max
2001 Driven Beau Brandenburg
2001 Investigating Sex Monty
2001 Was tun, wenn's brennt? Tim
2002 Joe and Max Max Schmeling
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Sean
2003 Hessischer Kulturpreis
2004 King Arthur Cynric
2004 In Enemy Hands Captain Jonas Herdt
2004 Les Dalton Lucky Luke
2004 (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 Rock Fertig Aus BambiBest Actor
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Heinz Hummer the Gigolo with the most below
2005 Barfuss Nick Keller Also Writer/Producer/Director
BambiBest Film
2006 One Way Eddie Schneider Also Producer
2006 Wo ist Fred? Fred Krüppers JupiterBest Actor
2007 Already Dead The Man
2007 Body Armour John Ridley
2007 Keinohrhasen Ludo Decker Ernst-Lubitsch-PreisBest Comedy ;BambiBest Film;Deutscher ComedypreisBest Comedy;JupiterBest Film; 2xDIVA-AwardBest Film
2008 The Red Baron Werner Voss Bravo Otto
2008 Phantomschmerz Marc
2008 Far Cry Jack Carver
2008 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Ritter Lanze Also Producer/Director
2009 Inglourious Basterds Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Männerherzen Jerome Ades
2009 Zweiohrküken(Keinohrhasen 2) Ludo Decker Deutscher ComedypreisBest Comedy
2011 The Three Musketeers Cagliostro
2011 The Courier FBI agent
2011 Kokowääh Henry Also Writer/Producer/Director
2011 Männerherzen 2 Jerome
2011 New Year's Eve James Schwab
2012 This Means War Heinrich
YearTV ShowRoleNotes and awards
1989–1992 Lindenstraße Jo Zenker

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