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Matthias Schweighöfer
German actor and director

Matthias Schweighöfer

Matthias Schweighöfer
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Intro German actor and director
Is Actor Businessperson Voice actor Entrepreneur Film director Film producer
From Germany Germany
Field Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 11 March 1981, Anklam
Age 41 years
Star sign Pisces
Mother: Gitta Schweighöfer
Father: Michael Schweighöfer
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Matthias Schweighöfer (born 11 March 1981) is a German actor, film director, and producer, occasionally credited as Matthias Schweighofer.

Early life

Born in Anklam, Western Pomerania, Schweighöfer attended the renowned acting school Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, but dropped out after one year. Nevertheless, the son of an actor couple has already worked with established directors such as Peter Greenaway and Marianne.


His first role in a feature film was Raus aus der Haut (1997) (TV), directed by Andreas Dresen. In the following years, he appeared in critically acclaimed projects such as Soloalbum (2003), Off Beat (2004) or Das wilde Leben (2007) and Keinohrhasen. Schweighöfer portrayed Lieutenant-Colonel Franz Herber in Valkyrie, a 2008 film dramatizing the failed 20 July assassination and political coup plot to kill Adolf Hitler. The international release of Valkyrie and the all-star cast (including Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Terrance Stamp and Bill Nighy) not only allowed Schweighöfer to be recognized abroad, it provided an opportunity for him to be cast in other English speaking roles. In 2010 Schweighöfer made his debut as film director with the romantic comedy What a Man, followed in 2013 by his second movie Schlussmacher.

In 2009 he founded the fashion label German Garment with TV-Presenter Joko Winterscheidt.

Personal life

Between 2004 and 2012 Schweighöfer dated Ani Schromm, but they reconciled in the summer of 2013. They have a daughter, Greta (born 1 May 2009) and a son, Valentin (born 17 February 2014). He currently lives in Berlin.


  • 2000: German Television Prize – Promotional Award for the performance in Verbotenes Verlangen
  • 2002: Günter Strack TV Award – Best Young Actor for the performance in Tatort - Gewaltfieber
  • 2003: Golden Camera – "Curt Jürgens Memorial Camera" for best newcomer and performances in Die Freunde der Freunde & Soloalbum
  • 2003: Adolf Grimme Award – For the performance in Die Freunde der Freunde
  • 2003: New Faces Award – Best Actor
  • 2004: Bavarian Film Award – Best Young Actor
  • 2004: Fernsehfilm-Festival Baden-Baden – Special award for the outstanding performances in Baal and Kalter Frühling
  • 2005: Undine Award – Best Young Actor (TV) for the performance in Schiller
  • 2006: DIVA-Award – Best Actor for the performances in Kammerflimmern, Schiller and Polly Blue Eyes
  • 2007: Undine Award – Best Young Actor (feature film) for the performance in Das wilde Leben
  • 2007: Bambi – Film – National – Male
  • 2009: Goldene Kamera – Best German Actor for the performance in Mein Leben – Marcel Reich-Ranicki
  • 2010: Jupiter Award – Best Male Actor (TV) for his performance in Mein Leben – Marcel Reich-Ranicki
  • 2011: GQ Man Of The Year – Film National

Selected filmography

  • 2000: Trust Me (Freunde), as Speedy
  • 2001: Heart Over Head (de) (Herz im Kopf), as Dirk
  • 2002: Die Freunde der Freunde (de) (TV film), as Gregor
  • 2002: FearDotCom, as Dieter Schrader
  • 2003: Solo Album (de) (Soloalbum), as Ben
  • 2003: Die Klasse von '99 (de), as Felix
  • 2004: Baal (de) (TV film), as Baal
  • 2004: Cold Spring (Kalter Frühling, TV film), as Ben
  • 2004: Off Beat (Kammerflimmern), as Crash
  • 2004: Gold – The Tulse Luper Suitcases
  • 2005: Schiller (de) (TV film), as Friedrich Schiller
  • 2005: Polly Blue Eyes (de), as Ronny Helske
  • 2006: Lulu (TV film), as Jack the Ripper
  • 2007: Eight Miles High (Das wilde Leben), as Rainer Langhans
  • 2007: Ein spätes Mädchen (TV film), as Felix
  • 2007: Fata Morgana, as Daniel
  • 2007: Keinohrhasen, as Moritz
  • 2008: The Red Baron (Der rote Baron), as Manfred von Richthofen
  • 2008: Valkyrie, as Lieutenant Herber
  • 2009: Mein Leben – Marcel Reich-Ranicki (de) (TV film), as Marcel Reich-Ranicki
  • 2009: Night Train, as Frankie
  • 2009: 12 Paces Without a Head, as Gottfried Michaelsen
  • 2009: Zweiohrküken, as Moritz
  • 2010: Friendship!, as Tom
  • 2011: What a Man, as Alex Nowak
  • 2011: Rubbeldiekatz (de), as Alexander Honk
  • 2012: Russian Disco, as Wladimir
  • 2013: Schlussmacher (de), as Paul Voigt
  • 2013: Frau Ella (de), as Sascha
  • 2013: Kokowääh 2, as himself
  • 2014: Joy of Fatherhood, as Felix
  • 2015: The Manny, as Clemens
  • 2016: The Most Beautiful Day
  • 2017: The Price


  • 2004: Eins, Zwei, Drei – Otto Ludwig Pfiffl – Hebbel Theatre, Berlin
  • 2007: North, directed by Frank Castorf – Volksbühne, Berlin

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