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September 8, 1962 |
Dessau, East Germany
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Malibu, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lena Roklin (1997–2009)|
Thomas Kretschmann (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈkrɛʧman]; born 8 September 1962) is a German actor best known for playing Leutnant Hans von Witzland in the 1993 film Stalingrad, Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld in The Pianist, Hermann Fegelein in Der Untergang, Captain Englehorn in the 2005 remake of King Kong, and voicing Professor Z in Cars 2.
Early life and education 
Kretschmann was born in Dessau, East Germany, on September 8, 1962. Before he became an actor, Kretschmann trained to become an Olympic swimmer. At the age of 19, he fled East Germany and began a month-long trek to West Germany to escape the East German state. During this trek he lost part of a finger, but it was surgically reattached. Kretschmann crossed four borders with nothing other than his passport and the equivalent of $100 in his possession.
At the age of 25, he began acting, starring in numerous European films and television series. In 1991, Kretschmann was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for best young actor for his role in Der Mitwisser. He went on to star in his first full length feature, the 1993 film Stalingrad. He achieved international recognition for his role as a rapist/murderer in Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome.
Although quite popular in his homeland, Kretschmann did not achieve notice in Hollywood until his role as Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld in Roman Polanski's 2002 film The Pianist. In the years since, Kretschmann has often portrayed military officers in films about the Third Reich. In the 2004 film Downfall, Kretschmann played Hermann Fegelein, a Waffen SS General and brother-in-law to Adolf Hitler. In the 2008 thriller Valkyrie, Kretschmann played Major Otto Ernst Remer, a Wehrmacht officer who had a key role in stopping the 20 July Plot. Prior to the casting of Tom Cruise, Kretschmann had been attached to play Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
Kretschmann also played Adolf Eichmann in a 2007 biographical film.
Kretschmann made his first appearance on American television in 2003 when he guest starred in 2 episodes of 24. He later also appeared in Relic Hunter. In 2004, Kretschmann played Timothy Cain, a ruthless Umbrella Major, in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. In the same year, he appeared in the French film Immortal with Linda Hardy. The film was notable for its use of a digital backlot and interaction between Computer-generated characters and real actors.
The following year, Kretschmann began to win acclaim for his role in Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story (Rohtenburg in Germany). A psychological thriller, the movie co-stars Keri Russell and was inspired by the Armin Meiwes cannibalism case. It was scheduled for a March 2006 release in Germany, but its showing is under injunction after Meiwes successfully sued to have it banned on grounds of infringement of his Persönlichkeitsrecht (personality rights). At the 2006 Festival de Cine de Sitges, Kretschmann shared the Best Actor award for his performance in this film with his co-star Thomas Huber. Kretschmann also shared Best Actor with Huber at the 2007 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
In 2008 Kretschmann was hired for the role of Johann Krauss in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army. However, after several trials del Toro decided that Kretschmann's voice and the mechanical sound FX to Johann's suit did not mesh well, so the part went to Seth MacFarlane. That same year he appeared in the action thriller Wanted, alongside Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy.
2009 saw Kretschmann guest star in the American science-fiction TV drama series FlashForward, as well as a major secondary part in the British biopic The Young Victoria as King Leopold I of Belgium. This film also received three Academy Awards nominations in 2010 for Best Art Direction, Makeup, and won for Costume Design.
The next year he returned to Germany, guest starring as himself in the romantic comedy Rabbit without Ears 2. Kretschmann then moved to Malaysia in the summer to shot his scenes for the German biopic Dschungelkind based on the eponymous bestseller by Sabine Kuegler. The film was released in early 2011. Walt Disney Pictures confirmed in November 2010, that Kretschmann would star as one of the voice talents in the Pixar Production Cars 2. The film was released in the United States on 24 June 2011, in the United Kingdom on 22 July and in Germany on 28 July.
Kretschmann starred as Captain Kurt Brynildson in the 2011-2012 ABC original paranormal/adventure/horror television series The River about a group of people on a mission to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.
Aside from acting Kretschmann has also worked as a fashion model, including a stint as the face for a scent by Hugo Boss.
Personal life 
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In early 2009 Kretschmann confirmed that he had separated from his girlfriend of 12 years Lena Roklin. He never married her. Kretschmann has three children with Lena: Stella (born 1999), Nicolas (born 1998), and Sascha (born 2002).From March 2009 to June 2010 he was in a relationship with Iranian model Shermine Shahrivar. Since 2011 he has been in a relationship with Brittany Rice.
|1989||Der Mitwisser||television film
Max Ophüls Prize for Best Young Actor
|1992||Shining Through||Man at Zurich Station|
|1993||Stalingrad||Leutnant Hans von Witzland|
|1994||La Reine Margot||Nançay|
|1995||Derrick Season 22 Episode 4 Teestunde mit einer Mörderin||the husband of the murderess|
|1996||The Stendhal Syndrome||Alfredo Grossi|
|1999||Esther: The Bible||King Ahasuerus of Persia||television film|
|2000||U-571||Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner|
|2002||Blade II||Eli Damaskinos|
|The Pianist||Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld|
|2003||24||Max||Episodes: "Day 2: 6:00 a.m.–7:00 a.m." & "Day 2: 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m."|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||First Watch Officer Ludwig Cremer|
|Immortel (Ad Vitam)||Nikopol|
|Der Untergang||SS-Obergruppenführer Hermann Fegelein|
|Resident Evil: Apocalypse||Major Timothy Cain|
|The Karate Dog||Gerber||television film|
|Head in the Clouds||Major Franz Bietrich|
|Frankenstein||Victor Helios||television film|
|Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II||Pope John Paul II||miniseries|
|King Kong||Captain Englehorn|
|2006||Rohtenburg||Oliver Hartwin||Best Actor, Sitges 2006
(shared with co-star Thomas Huber)
Best Actor, PiFan 2007
(shared with co-star Thomas Huber)
|The Celestine Prophecy||Wil|
|24: The Game||Max||video game|
|Bionic Woman||The Man||television series (episode one)|
|Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken||Paul|
|Mogadischu||Kapitän Jürgen Schumann||television film|
|Der Seewolf||Kapitän Wolf Larsen||television film|
|Valkyrie||Otto Ernst Remer|
|2009||The Young Victoria||King Leopold I of Belgium|
|King Conqueror||Archbishop of Tarragona|
|Wanted: Weapons of Fate||Cross||video game|
|FlashForward||Stefan Krieger||television series|
|2010||The Nazi Officer's Wife||Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner|
|Dare to Love Me||Mariano|
|2011||Cars 2||Professor Zündapp||voice|
|The Sinking of the Laconia||Admiral Dönitz||television film – BBC Productions|
|Jungle Child||Klaus Kuegler|
|The Cape||Gregor the Great||television series|
|Hostel: Part III||Flemming||Direct-to-DVD|
|What a Man||Jens|
|The River||Captain Kurt Brynildson||television series|
- Best Young Actor (Der Mitwisser), Max Ophüls Festival, 1991
- Best Actor (Rohtenburg), Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival, 2006
- Best Actor (Rohtenburg), Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festivalm, 2007
- "Oscar.com: Nominations". Academy Awards. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- [name="Pixar says Cars 2 is still due in cinemas in June 2011". BBC News. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.]
- [name=SlashFilm>Sciretta, Peter (7 March 2011). "Cars 2 Trailer". SlashFilm. Retrieved 18 May 2011.]
- BBC – Lincolnshire – Features – Filming At Lincoln Cathedral: Young Victoria
- Orry, James (6 February 2009). "Wanted gets Hollywood voice cast". VideoGamer. Retrieved 7 February 2009.