Schweiger at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Tilman Valentin Schweiger
19 December 1963
Freiburg, West Germany
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Dana Carlson (1995–2014)|
Emma Tiger Schweiger
Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈvaləntiːn ˈʃvaɪɡɐ]; born 19 December 1963) is a German actor, director, and producer. 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 7 February 2013. In 2012 Schweiger made a film alongside his daughter Luna named Schutzengel. Til plays Max a former KSK (German Special Forces) who works at witness protection. He then met Nina who saw her boyfriend being murdered. During this Film you see the scars Max suffered during his time in war, mostly Afghanistan. Til Schweiger dedicated this movie to all German soldiers past and present who were in Afghanistan, and named one soldier in particular.
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 also made an appearance in 2014's Muppets Most Wanted.
Schweiger married American model Dana Carlson on 19 June 1995. They have 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 and were divorced in 2014.
Schweiger was in a relationship with model Svenja Holtmann from 2010 to October 2013.
|Year||Film||Role||Notes and awards|
|1991||Manta, Manta||Bertie||First film in which he was the lead actor|
|1993||Ebbies Bluff||Rudy||Max-Ophüls-Preis Best Actor Newcomer Award|
|1994||Der bewegte Mann||Axel Feldheim||Bambi|
|1995||Bunte Hunde||Pepe Brenner|
|Das Superweib||Hajo Heiermann|
|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
|Bandyta (Bastard)||Brute||Polish Film Festival (Polish Oscar) Best Actor; Bravo Otto Best Actor|
|1998||The Replacement Killers||Ryker|
|Judas Kiss||Ruben Rubenbauer|
|Der Eisbär||Leo||Also Director and Producer|
|1999||Der große Bagarozy||Stanislaus Nagy|
|What to Do in Case of Fire?||Tim|
|2003||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life||Sean|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||Captain Jonas Herdt|
|(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1||Rock Fertig Aus||Bambi Best Actor|
|Les Dalton||Lucky Luke|
|2005||Barfuss||Nick Keller||Also Writer, Director and Producer
Bambi Best Film
|Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Heinz Hummer the Gigolo with the most below|
|2006||One Way||Eddie Schneider||Also Producer|
|Wo ist Fred?||Fred Krüppers||Jupiter Best Actor|
|2007||Body Armour||John Ridley|
|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
|Already Dead||The Man|
|2008||The Red Baron||Werner Voss||Bravo Otto|
|Far Cry||Jack Carver|
|1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde||Ritter Lanze||Also Director and Producer|
|Inglourious Basterds||Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Zweiohrküken (Keinohrhasen 2)||Ludo Decker||Also Writer, Director and Producer
Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy
|2011||Kokowääh||Henry||Also Writer, Director and Producer|
|The Three Musketeers||Cagliostro|
|New Year's Eve||James Schwab|
|2012||This Means War||Heinrich|
|The Courier||FBI agent|
|Schutzengel||Max||Also Director and Producer|
|Kokowääh 2||Henry||Also Writer, Director and Producer|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||German Cop|
|Honig im Kopf||Niko Rosenbach||Director|
|Year||TV Show||Role||Notes and awards|
|1994–1996||Die Kommissarin||Nick Siegel|
|Das Mädchen Rosemarie||Nadler|
|2002||Joe and Max||Max Schmeling|
|2013–present||Tatort||Nick Tschiller||Tatort in Hamburg|
- "Til Schweiger biography and filmography". tribute.ca. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Til Schweiger movies". listal.com. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
-  Internet Movie Database: Bandyta – Awards
-  Internet Movie Database: Already Dead