Schweiger at the Cinedome, Cologne, on promotion tour for Der Eisbär, November 1998
|Born||Tilman Valentin Schweiger
19 December 1963
Freiburg, West Germany
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Dana Carlson (1995–present, separated)|
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. He runs his own production company, Barefoot Films, in Berlin.
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. 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. 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 February 7, 2013.
Onscreen, Schweiger first appeared as an actor in 1989 in the TV series "Lindenstraße". His first film role came in 1991 with Manta, Manta. 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 will also make an appearance in 2014's Muppets Most Wanted.
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 has been in a relationship with model Svenja Holtmann since 2010.
|Year||Film||Role||Notes and awards|
|1993||Ebbies Bluff||Max-Ophüls-Preis Best Actor Newcomer Award|
|1994||Maybe, Maybe Not||Axel Feldheim||Bambi|
|1997||Knockin' On Heaven's Door||Martin Brest||Also Writer and Producer
20th Moscow International Film Festival - Best Actor; Jupiter Best Actor; Goldene Kamera Best Actor
|1997||Bandyta (Bastard)||Brute||Polish Film Festival (Polish Oscar) Best Actor; Bravo Otto Best Actor|
|1998||Judas Kiss||Ruben Rubenbauer|
|1998||Der Eisbär||Leo||Also Director and Producer|
|1998||The Replacement Killers||Ryker|
|1999||Der große Bagarozy||Stanislaus Nagy|
|2001||Was tun, wenn's brennt?||Tim|
|2002||Joe and Max||Max Schmeling|
|2003||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life||Sean|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||Captain Jonas Herdt|
|2004||Les Dalton||Lucky Luke|
|2004||(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1||Rock Fertig Aus||Bambi Best Actor|
|2005||Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Heinz Hummer the Gigolo with the most below|
|2005||Barfuss||Nick Keller||Also Writer, Director and Producer
Bambi Best Film
|2006||One Way||Eddie Schneider||Also Producer|
|2006||Wo ist Fred?||Fred Krüppers||Jupiter Best Actor|
|2007||Already Dead||The Man|
|2007||Body Armour||John Ridley|
|2007||Keinohrhasen||Ludo Decker||Also Writer, Director and Producer
Ernst-Lubitsch-Preis Best Comedy ; Bambi Best Film; Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy; Jupiter Best Film; 2x DIVA-Award Best Film
|2008||The Red Baron||Werner Voss||Bravo Otto|
|2008||Far Cry||Jack Carver|
|2008||1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde||Ritter Lanze||Also Director and Producer|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2009||Zweiohrküken (Keinohrhasen 2)||Ludo Decker||Also Writer, Director and Producer
Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy
|2011||The Three Musketeers||Cagliostro|
|2011||The Courier||FBI agent|
|2011||Kokowääh||Henry||Also Writer, Director and Producer|
|2011||New Year's Eve||James Schwab|
|2012||This Means War||Heinrich|
|2012||Schutzengel||Max||Also Director and Producer|
|2013||Kokowääh 2||Henry||Also Writer, Director and Producer|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted|
|Year||TV Show||Role||Notes and awards|
|2013-present||Tatort||Nick Tschiller||Tatort in Hamburg|
- "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
-  Internet Movie Database: Bandyta – Awards
-  Internet Movie Database: Already Dead