Jürgen Prochnow

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Jürgen Prochnow
MJK 60861 Verena Wengler und Jürgen Prochnow (Hessischer Film- und Kinopreis 2019) (cropped).jpg
Prochnow in 2019
Born (1941-06-10) June 10, 1941 (age 81)
    • Germany
    • United States (since 2004)
Years active1963–present
  • Isabel Goslar
    (m. 1982; div. 1997)
  • Birgit Stein
    (m. 2004; div. 2014)
  • Verena Wengler
    (m. 2015)
PartnerAntonia Reininghaus (1978–1981)

Jürgen Prochnow (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏʁɡn̩ ˈpʁɔxnoː] listen ; born 10 June 1941) is a German-American actor. His international breakthrough was his portrayal of the good-hearted and sympathetic U-boat Captain "Der Alte" ("Old Man") in the 1981 war film Das Boot.[1]

He is also known for his roles in The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975), Dune (1984), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), The English Patient (1996), Air Force One (1997), The Da Vinci Code (2006), and played Sergei Bazhaev on the eighth season of 24 (2010). He is a Goldene Kamera, Bavarian Film Awards, and Bambi Award winner.

Early life[edit]

Prochnow was born in Berlin and brought up in Düsseldorf, the son of an engineer.[2]


Jürgen Prochnow portrayed Arnold Schwarzenegger in See Arnold Run, a 2005 film about the actor's political career in California. He played Commander Paul Gerald in Wing Commander (1999). He was the main antagonist in the Broken Lizard film, Beerfest (2006).

Prochnow dubbed Sylvester Stallone's voice in the German version of Rocky (1976) and Rocky II (1979), as well as F.I.S.T and Paradise Alley (both 1978). He later acted alongside Stallone in the 1995 movie Judge Dredd. After the retirement of Stallone's long-time voice actor Thomas Danneberg, Prochnow assumed this job in 2018 with Creed II. He usually also dubs his own roles in English-language productions.[3]

Prochnow and his older brother, Dieter [de] appeared in The Man Inside (1990), in which Jürgen played the leading role and Dieter a supporting role.

In 1996, he was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In the early 1980s, Prochnow was in a relationship with Austrian actress Antonia Reininghaus [de], who fatally poisoned their 7-year-old daughter, Johanna, in 1987. In 1982, he married actor Jürgen Goslar's daughter, Isabel Goslar, with whom he has two children: a daughter, Mona, and a son, Roman. The couple divorced in 1997. From 2004 until the divorce in 2014, he was married to Birgit Stein [de], a German actress and screenwriter. Stein died in August 2018 in a motorcycle accident in Kanab, Utah.[5] Since 2015, he has been married to actress Verena Wengler.[6]

Prochnow used to divide his time between Los Angeles and Munich. He received U.S. citizenship in 2004.[7] In 2017, he announced that he had sold his house in California and would be moving to Berlin.[8]



Audiobooks (excerpt)[edit]

  • 2008: Frank Herbert: Dune: Der Wüstenplanet (together with Simon Jäger and Marianne Rosenberg), publisher: Lübbe Audio, ISBN 978-3-7857-3584-8
  • 2013: Andreas Eschbach: Quantenmüll, publisher: Lübbe Audio (Audible)
  • 2017: Andreas Eschbach: Eine unberührte Welt (together with Simon Jäger, Yara Blümel and Nicole Engeln), publisher: Lübbe Audio, ISBN 978-3785754979


  1. ^ "German Hollywood star Jürgen Prochnow turns 80". Deutsche Welle.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Juergen Prochnow Biography (1941-). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 18 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Deutsche Synchronkartei (german)". synchrondatei.de. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Jürgen Prochnow trauert um seine Ex-Frau". 15 August 2018.
  6. ^ ""Das Boot"-Schauspieler heiratet zum dritten Mal".
  7. ^ "Jürgen Prochnow: Making It as a German Actor in Hollywood".
  8. ^ Jürgen Prochnow über Ehrgeiz - Kultur - Süddeutsche.de. Sueddeutsche.de (20 January 2017). Retrieved on 18 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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