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Date of Birth 19 December 1963Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany
Birth NameTilman Valentin Schweiger
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor, producer, writer and director Til Schweiger runs his own production company 'Barefoot Films GmbH' based in Berlin, Germany.

Born in Freiburg, Germany on December 19th in 1963, Til was raised along with his two brothers in his hometown Giessen. In his early years, Schweiger began studying German and Medicine. Collecting first acting experiences during this time, he decided to give up university for drama school in 1986 to pursue his career as an actor. After graduation in 1989, he played at several theaters in Cologne and Bonn.

In 1991, Schweiger appeared in his first leading role in Manta, Manta (1991). Supported by his mentor and Germany's biggest film producer Bernd Eichinger, his breakthrough role in Maybe... Maybe Not (1994) hit theaters in 1994. His film career continued to grow with major roles in several successful German movies. In 1996, Til Schweiger founded Mr. Brown Entertainment with film producer Thomas Zickler and produced his first own movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). The film remains a cult favorite for audiences worldwide. In the same year, Schweiger was the first foreign actor to win the "Polish Oscar" at the International Warsaw Film festival for his performance in Bandyta (1997).

To this day, Mr. Brown Entertainment produced eight successful German movies, including Der Eisbär (1998), where Schweiger debuted as a director. In the future, the company focuses on up and coming talents within the film industry, collaborating with schools and universities to work on special projects presented by Til Schweiger.

Judas Kiss (1998) was Schweiger's first role in an international production, starring alongside Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Greg Wise. Schweiger appeared in several successful internationally acclaimed movies including SLC Punk! (1998), The Replacement Killers (1998), Driven (2001), Intimate Affairs (2002), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), King Arthur (2004), New Year's Eve (2011), among others.

Shooting successfully all over the world, Schweiger won numerous Awards for Barefoot (2005) which he wrote, directed and starred in. This absolute artistic freedom became a prosperous model for his following projects. Rabbit Without Ears (2007) is Schweiger's most successful film, which was also written, produced and directed by Schweiger and became the most watched film in German theaters in 2008 with a box office result of USD 60,500,000. The film won a Bambi Award, a Bavarian Film Award, the German Comedy Award, two DIVA Awards, a Jupiter Award and the Ernst Lubitsch Award. Due to its huge success, Rabbit Without Ears 2 followed in 2009.

As an actor, he received much international attention on his big screen appearance as the legendary Hugo Stieglitz in 'Quentin Tarantino''s Inglourious Basterds (2009). During this year, he achieved more admissions than any other German actor since 1968.

In 2011, Schweiger wrote, produced and directed another successful movie, Kokowääh (2011), where he starred alongside his youngest daughter Emma. The sequel was released in 2013.

From 2004 until today, Schweiger's production company Barefoot Films GmbH produced ten movies. His latest movie Honig im Kopf (2014) will be released on December 25th, 2014 starring his daughter Emma Schweiger, well-known German comedy actor Dieter Hallervorden and Schweiger in a supporting role.

Til plays the lead role in Tatort (1970) (Hamburg), one of the most successful crime series in German television.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Barefoot Films GmbH

Spouse (1)

Dana Schweiger (19 June 1995 - 15 May 2014) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (10)

He and his wife Dana Schweiger have 4 children: Valentin Schweiger (b. 17 September 1995), Luna Schweiger (b. 11 January 1997), Lilli Schweiger (b. 17 July 1998) and Emma Schweiger (b. 26 October 2002).
After studying German at the university for two years to become a teacher, he attended acting lessons at a drama school in Cologne.
Turned down the role of the German soldier, who shoots Tom Hanks's character (Captain John H. Miller) in Saving Private Ryan (1998) because he had reservations about the role's effect on his image at the American audience.
Lives in Berlin, Germany (2007).
First non-Polish actor who received the Best Actor Award at the Polish Film Festival (1998) for his role in Bandyta (1997).
After the separation from his wife Dana, he moved to Berlin (2006).
Attended acting lessons at "Der Keller" in Cologne and graduated in 1989.
His parents both were teachers.
Although being a box office hit in Germany, his movie Rabbit Without Ears (2007) wasn't nominated for a German Film Award. The reason for this was that the German Film Academy didn't accept watermarked DVDs for the jury. But Warner Bros. does not distribute copies to juries without anti-piracy measures. Thus, he angrily left the German Film Academy, but finally decided to re-enter some weeks later (2008).
He runs his own production company Barefoot Films in Berlin.

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