Ulrich Tukur

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Ulrich Tukur
Tukur in 2015
Ulrich Gerhard Scheurlen

(1957-07-29) 29 July 1957 (age 66)
Other namesUlrich Scheurlen
Occupation(s)Actor, musician
Years active1983–present
  • Amber Wood
  • Katharina John

Ulrich Tukur (born Ulrich Gerhard Scheurlen; 29 July 1957) is a German actor and musician. He is known for his roles in Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris, the docudrama North Face based on the 1936 Eiger climbing disaster in Switzerland, and as Wilhelm Uhde in Martin Provost's biopic Séraphine.

Early life and education[edit]

Tukur spent his youth near Hannover where he finished his final secondary school examinations in 1977. He also earned a high school diploma in Boston (USA) during a student exchange, where he met his first wife, Amber Wood. With her, he has two daughters, Marlene and Lilian. While Tukur and Wood were dating, he finished his time with the army and began to study German, English and history at the University of Tübingen. He worked as a musician for extra money. Someone who saw him asked him if he wanted to be in a play. Soon he became interested in acting and started studying acting at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in 1980. [1]


Painting Ulrich Tukur and the Rhythm Boys by Manfred W. Juergens

After finishing his acting studies in 1983, Tukur performed at a theatre in Heidelberg. While he was still a student, he starred in his first movie. In Die Weiße Rose, directed by Michael Verhoeven, he plays the character of Willi Graf.

In 1984 Tukur had his breakthrough at the theatre when famous director Peter Zadek gave him a role at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin in Joshua Sobol's play Ghetto. From 1985 to 1995 he was a staff actor at Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, then managed by Zadek. Here he starred in many plays, such as Shakespeare's Julius Caesar as Marc Anton, Hamlet, and Frank Wedekind's Lulu directed by Zadek. In 1986 he was elected actor of the year by German theater critics. From 1995 to 2003 he was the director of the Hamburger Kammerspiele theatre, sharing that job with Ulrich Waller.

Potsdamer Platz Filmmuseum Boulevard der Stars Ulrich Tukur

Since 1989, Tukur has been recording and touring as a musician. In 1995, he founded the dance band "Ulrich Tukur & the Rhythmus Boys" together with Kalle Mews (drums), Ulrich Mayer (guitar, vocals), and Günther Märtens (contrabass, guitar, vocals).[2]

Tukur has been married twice. Since 1999 he and his second wife, the photographer Katharina John, have been living in Venice (Italy), on Giudecca.

In John Rabe, the Sino-German co-production about the Nanjing massacre, Tukur played the part of John Rabe.[3][4] In Kommissar Rex he played the psychopath Kurt Hauff, a killer who killed police officer Richard Moser (Tobias Moretti). He also played the title role in the 1999 documentary Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace [de].


Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Ulrich Tukur, Biografie, Filmografie". filmportal.de (in German). Retrieved 2022-08-06.
  2. ^ "ROOFMUSIC: Tukur, Ulrich & die Rhythmus Boys". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  3. ^ "John Rabe" cast meets with Media Archived 2007-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Look back in anger | The Japan Times Online". search.japantimes.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2007-12-07.

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