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Til Schweiger
German actor

Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger
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Intro German actor
Is Film director Actor Screenwriter Film producer Film editor
From Germany
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 19 December 1963, Freiburg im Breisgau
Age 58 years
Spouse: Dana Schweiger
Children: Luna SchweigerLilli SchweigerEmma Tiger SchweigerValentin Schweiger
Height: 1.778 m
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Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈvaləntiːn ˈʃvaɪɡɐ]; English pronunciation: /ˈtɪlmɘn ˈvæləntin ˈskwi:dʒɘr/; born 19 December 1963) is a German actor, director, and producer. He runs his own production company, Barefoot Films, in Berlin.

Early life

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. He also directed and produced Der Eisbär (The Polar Bear) in 1998. Schweiger won a 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 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.

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 (A Girl Called Rosemary), 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 as supporting actor in 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.

Personal life

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 Language Director Notes
1991 Manta, Manta Bertie German Wolfgang Büld First film in which he was the lead actor
1993 Ebbies Bluff (de) Rudy German Claude-Oliver Rudolph Max-Ophüls-Preis Best Actor Newcomer Award
1994 Der bewegte Mann Axel Feldheim German Sönke Wortmann Bambi
1995 Bunte Hunde Pepe Brenner German Lars Becker
1996 Männerpension Steinbock German Detlev Buck Bambi; DIVA-Award
Das Superweib (de) Hajo Heiermann German Sönke Wortmann
1997 Knockin' On Heaven's Door Martin Brest German Thomas Jahn Also Writer and Producer
20th Moscow International Film Festival - Best Actor; Jupiter Best Actor; Goldene Kamera Best Actor
Bastard Brute English Maciej Dejczer Polish Film Festival (Polish Oscar) Best Actor; Bravo Otto Best Actor
1998 The Replacement Killers Ryker English Antoine Fuqua
Judas Kiss Ruben Rubenbauer English Sebastian Gutierrez
SLC Punk! Mark English James Merendino
Der Eisbär (de) Leo German Til Schweiger Also Producer
1999 Der große Bagarozy (de) Stanislaus Nagy German Bernd Eichinger
2000 Magicians Max English James Merendino
2001 Driven Beau Brandenburg English Renny Harlin
Investigating Sex Monty English Alan Rudolph
What to Do in Case of Fire? Tim German Gregor Schnitzler
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Sean English Jan de Bont
2004 In Enemy Hands Captain Jonas Herdt English Tony Giglio
King Arthur Cynric English Antoine Fuqua
(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 Rock Fertig Aus German Michael Herbig Bambi Best Actor
Les Dalton Lucky Luke French Philippe Haïm
2005 Barfuss Nick Keller German Til Schweiger Also Writer and Producer
Bambi Best Film
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Heinz Hummer the Gigolo with the most below English Mike Bigelow
2006 One Way Eddie Schneider English Reto Salimbeni Also Producer
Where Is Fred? Fred Krüppers German Anno Saul Jupiter Best Actor
2007 Body Armour John Ridley English Gerry Lively
Rabbit Without Ears Ludo Decker German Til Schweiger Also Writer 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 English Joe Otting
2008 The Red Baron Werner Voss German Nikolai Müllerschön Bravo Otto
Far Cry Jack Carver English Uwe Boll
1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Ritter Lanze German Til Schweiger Also Producer
2009 Phantomschmerz Marc German Matthias Emcke
Inglourious Basterds Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz English Quentin Tarantino Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Men in the City Jerome Ades German Simon Verhoeven
Zweiohrküken (Rabbit Without Ears 2) Ludo Decker German Til Schweiger Also Writer and Producer
Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy
2011 Kokowääh Henry German Til Schweiger Also Writer and Producer
The Three Musketeers Cagliostro English Paul W. S. Anderson
Männerherzen 2 Jerome German Simon Verhoeven
New Year's Eve James Schwab English Garry Marshall
2012 This Means War Heinrich English McG
The Courier FBI agent English Hany Abu-Assad
Schutzengel Max German Til Schweiger Also Producer
2013 Charlie Countryman Darko English Fredrik Bond
Kokowääh 2 Henry German Til Schweiger Also Writer and Producer
2014 Muppets Most Wanted German Cop English James Bobin
Head Full of Honey Niko Rosenbach German Til Schweiger
2016 Tschiller: Off Duty Nick Tschiller German Christian Alvart


Year TV Show Role Director Notes
1989–1992 Lindenstraße Jo Zenker 37 episodes
1994–1996 Die Kommissarin Nick Siegel 26 episodes
1996 Adrenalin Stefan Renner Dominique Othenin-Girard
A Girl Called Rosemary Nadler Bernd Eichinger
Die Halbstarken Freddy Urs Egger
2002 Joe and Max Max Schmeling Steve James
2013–2016 Tatort Nick Tschiller Christian Alvart Tatort in Hamburg (4 episodes)


  • 1994: Bambi für Der bewegte Mann
  • 1995: Bambi für Männerpension
  • 1997: Preis des Gdynia Film Festival für Bastard als bester Darsteller
  • 1998: Bravo Otto als bester Schauspieler
  • 1998: Goldene Kamera für Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door als bester Schauspieler
  • 2003: Hessischer Kulturpreis
  • 2008: Jupiter für Wo ist Fred? als bester deutscher Schauspieler
  • 2008: Ehren-Bravo Otto
  • 2008: Bambi für Keinohrhasen als Film National
  • 2008: Deutscher Comedypreis für Keinohrhasen als beste Kino-Komödie
  • 2009: Jupiter für Keinohrhasen
  • 2009: 2x DIVA-Award für Keinohrhasen
  • 2010: Deutscher Comedypreis für Zweiohrküken als beste Kino-Komödie
  • 2011: Deutscher Comedypreis für die erfolgreichste deutsche Filmkomödie: Kokowääh
  • 2011: Querdenker-Award
  • 2012: Jupiter für Kokowääh als bester Darsteller
  • 2013: Deutscher Comedypreis für die erfolgreichste deutsche Filmkomödie: Kokowääh 2
  • 2015: Romy in den Kategorien beste Regie sowie bester Produzent Kinofilm für Honig im Kopf
  • 2015: Deutscher Filmpreis in der Kategorie Besucherstärkster Film für Honig im Kopf
  • 2015: CIVIS-Publikumspreis für Honig im Kopf
  • 2015: Deutscher Comedypreis für die erfolgreichste deutsche Filmkomödie: Honig im Kopf
  • 2015: Bambi für Honig im Kopf in der Kategorie „Ehrenpreis der Jury“

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