Clemens Schick

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Clemens Schick
Clemens Schick Berlinale 2010 (cropped).jpg
Schick at Berlinale 2010
Born (1972-02-15) 15 February 1972 (age 47)
Tübingen, Germany
Years active1998-present

Clemens Schick (born 15 February 1972) is a German actor. He appeared in more than sixty films since 1998, including most famously James Bond Casino Royale as bodyguard and henchman of the main villain. He has also appeared on TV, including detective Marco Lorenz in the television series Innocent and also on the stage in many productions, including in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's play Elektra.


Clemens was born in Tübingen, Germany.[1] He studied at the Hölderlin High School in Stuttgart, he graduated in 1992 and went to the Academy of Performing Arts (AdK) in Ulm.[2]

After a year of acting, he left the academy and went as a 22-year-old, for eight months to a monastery,[3] of the Taizé Community in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire France.[2] He then studied at the Berlin School of Drama.[4] He financed this study with part-time jobs as landscape gardener, bouncer and waiter in restaurants and pubs in Berlin-Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg.[5]

He has received theatre engagements at Staatsschauspiel Dresden,[2] Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspielhaus Wien, Sophiensaelen, Kampnagel, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Schauspielhaus Zurich, Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Köln and Schaubühne Berlin,[4] where he performed as 'Orestes' in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's play Elektra in 1999,[4][6] and the 'Major Vershinin' in Three Sisters by Chekhov in 2006.[7][8]

In 1996 and in 2009, Schick had modeled in Paris and Berlin for US photographer Nan Goldin.[9][10]

From 2002 to 2006, he was part of the ensemble at the Schauspielhaus Hannover,[7] where he was seen in, among others, Johann Kresnik's directorial work of Peer Gynt and in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams under the direction of Christina Paulhofer.[4] He has also been in Shakespeare's Richard III and Twelfth Night.[2]

In addition to his theatrical work, he has acted for film and television. Including, the 21st James Bond movie, Casino Royale (2006), Schick played the bodyguard 'Kratt' of the movie villain 'Le Chiffre' (Mads Mikkelsen).[7]

The opening film of the "Perspective German Cinema" at the Berlinale 2007 was Upright Standing by Hannah Schweier, in which Schick plays the main role of 'Joe'. In the summer of 2007, Schick was also to be seen as 'Death' at the Salzburg Festival in Hofmannsthal's Jedermann, as well as in the 2008 season.

Also in 2008, Schick played alongside Alexandra Neldel and Erhan Emre the role of the detective 'Marco Lorenz in the television series Innocent.[3]

In 2011, Schick with Saralisa Volm performed in the mainly crowdfunded financed erotic film Hotel Desire.[11][12]

In 2013, Schick played in the French two-part TV Mini-Series Le vol des cigognes (or Flight of the Storks), an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jean-Christophe Grangé. He took the role of the policeman 'Hervé Dumaz', who speaks French, English and German. It was directed by Jan Kounen, in other roles were Harry Treadaway, Perdita Weeks and Rutger Hauer. It was aired in January 2013 by Canal +.

He has been awarded Germany's Best New Actor in 2014.[2]

In 2018, he was named as a brand ambassador for German luxury brand Montblanc.[9]

In 2019, he joined the cast of Arctic Circle, a crime drama about a Finnish police officer 'Nina Kautsalo' (Iina Kuustonen) with Maximilian Brückner and Pihla Viitala.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Schick participated in the "Alliance Against Castor 2010" and signed a call for artists in numerous newspapers, calling on the population to take part in protests against the Castor transport and the extension of the term of German nuclear power plants.[15][16]

Schick is a member of the Bundesverband Schauspiel (BFFS or Federal Association of Acting),[17] then in 2009, he visited the German contingent ISAF at the locations Masar-e Sharif (Camp Marmal), Kunduz and Feyzabad in Afghanistan.[18] He was accompanied by a camera crew, for a documentary by Jobst Knigge which was titled "The Trooper: Clemens Schick plays theater in Afghanistan".[19][20] The actor performed a solo show called "Windows or: Let's imagine Bill Gates as a happy person" in the Sophiensäle theatre, for Bill Gates.[3][21] Schick continued in 2011 and 2012, supporting the troops at Afghan military sites of the German ISAF troops through theatrical performances in Masar-i-Sharif and Kabul.[22]

Schick is also a committee member of Human Rights Watch, and since 13 August 2016 also the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD),[23][24] and supports the SPD-initiated "My Voice for Reason" campaign in 2016.[25]

Schick came out as homosexual in September 2014 in an interview with the people's magazine Gala.[26] He then acted in gay romance film "Praia do futuro" by Karim Aïnouz.[27]

He lives in Kreuzberg,[24] and has a sister and older brother.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Enemy at the Gates German NCO
2006 Casino Royale Kratt
2009 Jedem das Seine Georg
2010 Cindy liebt mich nicht Franz
Transit Martin
Hollywood Drama Franz Arnold (Short, written and directed by Sergej Moya), was screened at the Berlinale[28]
2011 Largo Winch II Dragan Lazarevic He learned how to skydive[29]
German for Kids
2012 The Treasure Knights and the Secret of Melusina Duc de Barry
Du hast es versprochen Johannes
The Child Thomas Brandmann
2013 The Girl from Nagasaki Prince Yamadori
2014 A House in Berlin Lukas
The Dark Valley Luis Brenner
Futuro Beach Konrad German-Brazilian film
Besser als Nix Hans 'The Elvis'
2015 4 Könige Dr. Wolff
Point Break Roach [29]
2016 Mann im Spagat: Pace, Cowboy, Pace Tschick Macqueen
Collide Mirko
Stille Reserven Vincent Baumann [30]
2017 Overdrive Max Klemp
Renegades Major Petrovic [31]
Es war einmal Indianerland Zöllner
Alguma Coisa Assim Sven
2018 Verlorene Johann


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Balko Rolf Buderus TV Series, 1 episode
2000 Im Namen des Gesetzes Snuff TV Series, 1 episode
Ben & Maria - Liebe auf den zweiten Blick Bens Kumpel (TV Movie)
2001 Doppelter Einsatz Hesser TV Series, 1 episode
HeliCops - Einsatz über Berlin Aaron Ludwig (TV Movie)
Ein starkes Team Jan Neutzner TV Series, 1 episode
2001-2007 A Case for Two Holger Offermann (2007)/ Christian Weidenfeld (2005)/ Nicolas Duval (2002)/ Frank Betzner (2001) TV Series, 4 episodes
2000 Wolff's Turf Fred Beinlich TV Series, 1 episode
Die Cleveren Gregor Terk TV Series, 1 episode
2006 Tatort Matthias Hecht TV Series, 1 episode
The Duo Karsten Selig (TV Movie)
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei Klaus Paschmann TV Series, 1 episode
2007 Mitte 30 Produzent Michael (TV Movie)
2008 The Miracle of Berlin Unteroffizier Schröder (TV Movie)
Innocent Marco Lorenz TV Series, all 12 episodes
Ich liebe den Mann meiner besten Freundin Mark Trenker (TV Movie)
2009 Killerjagd. Töte mich, wenn du kannst Marco Lorenz (TV Movie)
2010 The Secret of the Whales Dr. Eric Cluster (TV Movie)
Killerjagd. Schrei, wenn du dich traust Marco Lorenz (TV Movie)
2011 and 2015 Nachtschicht Ronny Vogel (2015)/ Franz Pirroni (2011) TV Series, all 12 episodes
2012 Mord in Ludwigslust Ben Martin (TV Movie)
Wolff - Kampf im Revier Romeo (TV Movie)
The Hunt for the Amber Room Jan van Hassel (TV Movie)
2013 The Old Fox Hans Eigendorf TV Series, 1 episode
Rosa Roth Staatsanwalt Gander TV Series, 1 episode
Letzte Spur Berlin Mike Drobowsky TV Series, 1 episode
Flight of the Storks Hervé Dumaz (2 episode TV Mini-series)[32]
Das Jerusalem-Syndrom Peter (TV Movie)
2014 Matador (TV Series) Darko TV Series, 1 episode
2016 Treffen sich zwei Thomas (TV Movie)
Sommernachtsmord Elmar Löffelhart (TV Movie)
2017-2019 Der Barcelona Krimi Xavi Bonet TV Series, 2 episodes
2018 Tannbach Wolfgang Herder TV Series, 3 episodes[33], known as english subtitled version as 'Line of Separation'
Dengler Malakov TV Series, 1 episode
2018-2019 Arctic Circle Marcus Eiben TV Series, 9 episodes

Other work[edit]

In 2016, he was the main actor in the music video for Fritz Kalkbrenner's track "In This Game".[34]


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  3. ^ a b c Kaempf, Simone (17 January 2008). "Die Sehnsucht des Milliardärs". Die Tageszeitung: taz (in German). pp. â€‰27. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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  5. ^ "Reden wir über Geld: Clemens Schick – „Hier bin ich, Halleluja!"". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  6. ^ Dermutz, Klaus. "EMPFINDUNGEN - Die Schmerzen des Körpers". (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Riccò, Jessica (7 December 2006). "Standing Ovations for nothing". Die Tageszeitung: taz (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  8. ^ Mast, Rudolf (10 November 2006). "Vom "Chillen" in der Provinz - Weg von hier!". (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
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  10. ^ Wiensowski, Ingeborg (23 November 2010). "Fotografin Nan Goldin in Berlin: "Die glücklichste Zeit meines Lebens"". Spiegel Online (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Filmexperiment „Hotel Desire": Drehe Porno gegen Spende". Spiegel Online (in German). Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Erotikfilm „Hotel Desire": „Sex sells", aber bittet um Spenden". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  13. ^ White, Peter (7 November 2017). "'War Horse' Star Maximilian Brückner & 'Casino Royale's Clemens Schick To Front Euro Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  14. ^ Clarke, Stewart (7 November 2017). "Cast Assembled for Nordic Noir 'Arctic Circle'". Variety. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
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  17. ^ "BFFS-Mitgliederliste], Bundesverband Schauspiel". Abgerufen. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
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  19. ^ Zinser, Daniela (3 April 2009). "Clemens Schick spielt in Afghanistan: Der Truppenunterhalter". Die Tageszeitung: taz (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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  21. ^ "Künstler zum Afghanistan-Einsatz: „Man spürt die Angst"". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Archived from the original on 12 May 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
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  23. ^ "Instagram-Foto von Clemens Schick, 13. Aug 2016 um 15:30 Uhr". Instagram. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
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  25. ^ "Kampagne".
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  27. ^ "Clemens Schick über seine Homosexualität: "Mich nerven die Schubladen und Klischees"". Spiegel Online (in German). 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  28. ^ Jänichen, Barbara (26 January 2010). "Nachwuchsstar Sergej Moya: "Götz George ist für mich der Größte"". (in German). Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  29. ^ a b Wessels, Antje (20 January 2016). "CLEMENS SCHICK IM DEADLINE-INTERVIEW ZU POINT BREAK". DEADLINE - Das Filmmagazin (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  30. ^ Kelley, Eva. "Engage or Die: Actor Clemens Schick on Politics and Fassbinder's Legacy - 032c". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  31. ^ Moran, Jonathon (13 November 2016). "Schick flips from stage to big screen". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  32. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (4 October 2011). "Rutger Hauer joins cast of big budget miniseries The Flight of the Storks". Screen. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  33. ^ Hupertz, Heike (8 January 2018). "„Tannbach" geht weiter: Die Grenze wird zur Mauer, auch in den Köpfen" (in German). Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  34. ^ Rädel, Michael (16 September 2016). "SCHICK: FRITZ UND CLEMI" (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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