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Samuel Finzi

Samuel Finzi

Bulgarian German actor
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Bulgarian German actor
A.K.A. Самуэль Финци
Countries Germany Bulgaria
Occupations Stage actor Film actor Actor Performing artist
Gender male
Birth 20 January 1966 (Plovdiv)
Star sign Aquarius
Family
Father: Itzhak Fintzi
The details
Biography

Samuel Finzi (Bulgarian: Самуел Финци) (born 20 January 1966) is a Bulgarian-German actor, of Bulgarian-Jewish descent, with hundreds of film, television and theatrical credits in a career which, since its start in the late 1980s, has lasted more than 25 years. Between 1993 and 2011, he received ten acting awards.

Born in Bulgaria's second-largest city, Plovdiv, he is the son of actor Itzhak Fintzi and performed in his first theater and film roles while still a student. Very early on, he came into contact with directors who have had a major influence on European theater and film. He has worked in the theater with directors such as Benno Besson, Dimiter Gotscheff, Frank Castorf, Jürgen Gosch and Robert Wilson. In film, his collaborations with Michael Glawogger, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Peter Popzlatev, Sönke Wortmann and Til Schweiger have extended his popularity to a wider audience as well as the title role in the crime series Flemming. Alongside his theater engagements at all of the important German language theaters, Samuel Finzi has performed in many film and television productions. Here, he has captivated audiences in popular successes such as Kokowääh, as well as in independent films such as ‘Die Besucherin’ (The Visitor), ‘Même Dieu est venu nous voir’ (Even God Came to See Us) and ‘Vaterspiele’ (Father Games). The actor shapes his figures as smart, associative character studies, which bear witness to a detailed and intelligent acting strategy. Audiences and the press celebrate his intensive images of human motivation that are almost craving for transformation and his effortless precision when performing. In 2014, he has played six leading roles at the Deutsches Theater, the Maxim Gorki Theater and the Volksbühne in Berlin, as well as at the Schauspielhaus in Leipzig.

Selected filmography

  • 1989: Moi, la Comtesse (Director: Petar Popzlatev)
  • 1989: Parcheta lyubov (Director: Ivan Tscherkelov)
  • 1989: Razvodat predi i Razvodat sega (Director: Georgi Jacky Stoev)
  • 1989: Razvodi, razvodi... (Director: Kosta Bikov)
  • 1990: Das Lager (Director: Georgi Djulgerov)
  • 1990: Nemirnata ptitza lyubov (Director: Rangel Vulchanov)
  • 1994: Die verbotene Frucht (Director: Krasimir Krumov)
  • 1998: Die Unschuld der Krähen (Director: Horst Johann Sczerba)
  • 1998: Sofia – Sick of it all (Director: Nils Willbrandt)
  • 1998: Und alles wegen Mama (Director: Hermine Huntgeburth)
  • 2000: Abschied. Brechts letzter Sommer (Director: Jan Schütte)
  • 2000: Deutschlandspiel (Director: Hans-Christoph Blumenberg)
  • 2000: Jetzt oder nie – Zeit ist Geld (Director: Lars Büchel)
  • 2000: Stunde der Wahrheit (Director: Matthias Tiefenbacher)
  • 2000: Tolle Lage – Director (Sören Voigt)
  • 2001: Auf Herz und Nieren (Director: Thomas Jahn)
  • 2001: The Devil’s Tail (Director: Dimitar Petkov)
  • 2001: Même Dieu est venu nous voir (Director: Peter Popzlatev)
  • 2001: Posseteni ot gospoda (Director: Peter Popzlatev)
  • 2001: Santa ein Weihnachtsmärchen (Director: Jophi Ries)
  • 2001: Studers erster Fall (TV film) (Director: Sabine Boss)
  • 2002: Am Ende der Hochzeitsnacht (TV film) (Director: Olaf Kreinsen)
  • 2002: Blueberry Hill (Director: Aleksandr Morfov)
  • 2002: Gebürtig (Director: Lukas Stepanik und Norbert Schindel)
  • 2002: Rapsodiya v byalo (Director: Tedi Moskov)
  • 2003: Schimanski: Asyl (TV series) (Director: Edward Berger)
  • 2003: Das Wunder von Bern (Director: Sönke Wortmann)
  • 2003: Hamlet X (Director: Herbert Fritsch)
  • 2003: In schlechter Gesellschaft (Director: Michael Karen)
  • 2004: Delphinsommer (Director: Jobst Oetzmann)
  • 2005: Aller Tage Abend (Director: Andreas Schimmelbusch)
  • 2005: Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude [de] (Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel)
  • 2005: Weltverbesserungsmaßnahmen (Director: Jakob Hüfner und Jörn Hintzer)
  • 2006–2012: Tatort (TV series)
  • 2006: Kunstfehler (TV film) (Director: Marcus O. Rosenmüller)
  • 2007: Der Totenwächter (Director: Ilian Simeonov)
  • 2007: Geburtstag (Director: Lawrence Tooley)
  • 2007: Wir sagen Du! Schatz. (Director: Marc Meyer)
  • 2008: Die Besucherin (Director: Lola Randl)
  • 2008: Helden aus der Nachbarschaft (Director: Jovan Arsenic)
  • 2008: KDD – Kriminaldauerdienst: Letzte Chance (Director: Andreas Prochaska)
  • 2009: Das Vaterspiel (Director: Michael Glawogger)
  • 2009: Die Liebe und Viktor (Director: Patrick Banush)
  • 2009: Ein Sommer mit Paul (TV film) (Director: Claudia Garde)
  • 2009: Lackschaden (Director: Michael Schneider)
  • 2009: Pink (Director: Rudolf Thome)
  • 2009: Sieben Tage (TV film) (Director: Petra K. Wagner)
  • 2009–2012: Flemming (TV series)
  • 2010: Aghet – Ein Völkermord (Director: Eric Friedler)
  • 2010: Die Akte Golgatha (TV film, Director: Zoltan Spirandelli)
  • 2010: Headshots (Director: Lawrence Tooley)
  • 2010: Holy Light (Director: Georgi Tenev)
  • 2010: Mondwärts (Director: Aron Lehmann)
  • 2011: Männerherzen … und die ganz ganz große Liebe (Director: Simon Verhoeven)
  • 2011: Kokowääh (Director: Til Schweiger)
  • 2011: Short for Vernesa B. (Director: Jons Vukorep)
  • 2012: Alexander Granach – Da geht ein Mensch (Director: Angelika Wittlich)
  • 2012: Die Libelle und das Nashorn (Director: Lola Randl)
  • 2012: Ludwig II (Director: Peter Sehr)
  • 2012: Rückkehr von den Sternen (Director: Franz Müller)
  • 2012: The Color of the Chameleon (Director: Emil Hristow)
  • 2013: Aschenbrödel und der gesteifelte Kater (Director: Thorsten Künstler)
  • 2013: George (Director: Joachim A. Lang)
  • 2013: Kokowääh 2 (Director: Til Schweiger)
  • 2013: Oktober/November (Director: Götz Spielmann)
  • 2013: Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (Director: Philipp Kadelbach)
  • 2014: Die Erfindung der Liebe (Director: Lola Randl
  • 2014: The Bridges of Sarajevo (Director: Kamen Kalev)
  • 2014: Worst Case Scenario (Director: Franz Müller)
  • 2016: Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge
  • 2017: The Captain
  • 2018: Herrliche Zeiten

Theatrography (Selection)

  • 1990: Performance and Punishment after Fyodor Dostojewsky in various roles at Hebbel-Theater Berlin and Eurokaz Festival Zagreb (Director: Ivan Stanev)
  • 1991: Hermaphroditus by Ivan Stanev in various roles at Hebbel-Theater and Mickery Theater Amsterdam (Director: Ivan Stanev)
  • 1992: Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner as Büchner at Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1992 Voycek by Buhner Director Dim . Gotscheff
  • 1993-1997: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov as Kostja at Schauspielhaus Köln (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1994: Caligula by Albert Camus as Cherea at Schauspielhaus Köln (Director: Werner Schroeter)
  • 1994: Die Straßenecke (The Street Corner) by Hans Henny Jahnn at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1994: Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner as Handwerksbursche at Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1994–1996: Ein Monat in Dachau (a Month in Dachau) by Wladimir Sorokin in various roles at Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1995: The Vast Domain by Arthur Schnitzler as Portier at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Jürgen Flimm)
  • 1995: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov as Carlotta and Firs at Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1995: Swan Songs by Anton Chekhov in various roles at Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (Director: Stefan Moskov)
  • 1996: On the Big Street by Anton Chekhov as Borzov at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1996: The Glass Slipper by Ferenc Molnár as Portier at Thalia Theater Hatburg (Director: Jürgen Flimm)
  • 1996: he Hour Since We Didn’t Know Anything About Each Other by Peter Handke in various roles at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Jürgen Gosch)
  • 1996: The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht as Smith at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Katharina Thalbach)
  • 1996–1999: Time Rocker by Lou Reed in various roles at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Robert Wilson
  • 1997–2000: Germania 3. Ghosts on Dead Man by Heiner Müller as Stalin at Deutschen Schauspielhaus Hamburg (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1998–2000: Blue in Blue by George Gershwin in various roles at Thalia Theater Hamburg (Director: Stefan Moskov)
  • 1999: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes in various roles at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1999: King Lear by William Shakespeare as Kent at Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 1999: Saint Joan of the Stockyards by Bertolt Brecht as Mauler at Schauspielhaus Zürich (Director: Benno Besson)
  • 1999–2000: Phädra by Jean Racine as Theratenes at Schauspielhaus Bochum (Director: Werner Schroeter)
  • 2001: Powder Keg by Dejan Dukovski in various roles at Steirischen Herbst and at Schauspielhaus Graz, Version I (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2002: Amphitryon by Heinrich von Kleist as Sosias at Schauspielhaus Hamburg (Director: Jürgen Gosch)
  • 2002: To the Wedding by John Berger in various roles at Schauspielhaus Hamburg (Director: Brigitte Landes)
  • 2002: Königsberg by Andrei Nekrasov as Vlad at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Andrei Nekrasov)
  • 2002–2005: The Lieutenant from Inishmore by Martin McDonagh as Padraic at Burgtheater Vienna (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2003: Black Battles with Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès as Alboury at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2003: Platonov by Anton Chekhov as Michail Vasiljevitch Platonov at Schauspiel Frankfurt (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2004: McTeague by Frank Norris as Zerkov at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Frank Castorf)
  • 2004: Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in various roles at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Johan Simons)
  • 2005–2006: Amphitryon by Heinrich von Kleist as Amphitryon at Deutschen Theater Berlin (Director: Stefan Bachmann)
  • 2005-: Iwanov by Anton Chekhov as Iwanov at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2005-: Philoktet by Heiner Müller as Neoptolemos at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2006: The Grande Bouffe by Marco Ferreri as Philippe at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2006: Volpone by Ben Jonson as Volpone at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2006-2008: Three Stars in Search of a Cook by Ivan Panteleev in various roles at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Ivan Panteleev)
  • 2006-: The Persians by Aeschylus as Xerxes and Messenger at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2007: Suicides by Nikolaj Erdmans as Podsekalnikov at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2007: The Bat by Johann Strauss as Alfred at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Michael Thalheimer)
  • 2007–2009: Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome – A Shakespeare Commentaryaccording to William Shakespeare by Heiner Müller at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2008: The Powder Keg by Dejan Dukovski as Volpone at Deutsches Theater Berlin, Version II (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2008–2009: King Ubu by Alfred Jarry as Ubu at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2008-: Songs of my mind – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, Evening of Song with Samuel Finzi and Band at Deutsches Theater Berlin
  • 2008-: Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol as Poprischtschin at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Hanna Rudolph)
  • 2010–2011: The Man Without a Past by Aki Kaurismäki in various roles at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2010–2011: Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace a solo evening at Volksbühne Berlin (Director: Ivan Panteleev)
  • 2010-: The Hospital Room Ward No. 6 by Anton Chekhov as Andrej Efimyc at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2012: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace in various roles at Hebbel-Theater Berlin (Director: Matthias Lilienthal)
  • 2012-: The Drinker by Hans Fallada as Erin Sommer at Maxim-Gorki-Theater Berlin and Schauspiel Leipzig (Director: Sebastian Hartmann)
  • 2012: Shakespeare. Plays for Murderers, Victims and Others by Frank Günther, Heiner Müller, Manfred Wekwerth and Thomas Brasch in various roles at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)
  • 2013: Dali vs Picasso by Fernando Arrabal Terán as Picasso at Théâtre National du Luxembourg (Director: Frank Hoffmann)
  • 2013: Don Juan Comes Back from the War by Odon von Horvath as Don Juan at Berliner Ensemble (Director: Luc Bondy)
  • 2013: Don Juan Comes Back from the War by Fernando Arrabal Terán as Picasso at Théâtre National du Luxembourg (Director: Frank Hoffmann)
  • 2014: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett as Vladimir at Deutsches Theater Berlin and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (Director: Ivan Panteleev)

Awards

  • 1993: Critics’ Prize for Best New Actor in Nordrhein-Westfalen for The Seagul
  • 1994: 13th Theater Festival NRW: Prize for Best New Actor for The Seagul
  • 1995: Critics’ Prize: Best Actor of the Year in Nordrhein-Westfalen for The Cherry Orchard and Swan Songs
  • 1996: Advancement Award for Dramatic Arts of the city of Düsseldorf for Ein Monat in Dachau (A Month in Dachau)
  • 2001: Golden Chest, Best Male Performer, International Television Festival Plovdiv, Bulgaria for Devil’s Tail
  • 2009: Best Actor at the Mess Theater Festival Sarayevo for Ivanov
  • 2010: Best Actor at the MOT Theater Festival Skopje for Diary of a Madman
  • 2011: Best Actor at the Skena Up Theater Festival Pristina for Diary of a Madman
  • 2011: German Comedy Prize in the Category Film Comedy for Kokowääh
  • 2011: Theater Prize Berlin 2011, Prussian Maritime Trading Foundation, for his entire work in the theater
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