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Ulrich Tukur
German actor and musician

Ulrich Tukur

Ulrich Tukur
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Intro German actor and musician
Is Actor Musician Stage actor Singer Film actor
From Germany
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 29 July 1957, Viernheim, Kreis Bergstraße, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse
Age 65 years
Ulrich Tukur
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Ulrich Tukur (born Ulrich Gerhard Scheurlen; 29 July 1957) is a German actor and musician.

Early life and education

Tukur spent his youth near Hannover where he finished his final secondary-school examinations in 1977. He also achieved a high school degree in Boston (USA) during an exchange of students where he met his first wife, Amber Wood. By her, he had two daughters, Marlene and Lilian. While they were dating, he finished his time with the army and began to study German, English and History at Tübingen university. He worked as a musician to get some extra money. Someone who saw him asked him if he wanted to be in a play. Soon he became interested in acting and started to study acting at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in 1980.


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

After finishing his studies there in 1983 he played at a theatre in Heidelberg. While he was still a student he got a chance to star in his first movie. In Die Weiße Rose, directed by Michael Verhoeven, he plays the character of Willi Graf.

In 1984 he 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 himself was director of Hamburger Kammerspiele theatre, sharing that job with Ulrich Waller.

Since 1989 he 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).

Ulrich 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 Nanking massacre, he played the part of John Rabe.

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.


  • 1984 O.E. Hasse Preis
  • 1985 Boy-Gobert-Preis
  • 1986 Schauspieler des Jahres (Actor of the Year) and Goldener Bär of the Berlinale for the film Stammheim.
  • 1996 Goldene Kamera and Insel-Kunstpreis Hamburg
  • 2000 Adolf Grimme Awards
  • 2004 Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award) as Best Actor for the role of a serial killer in the crime series Tatort, episode "Das Böse" (Evil)
  • 2006: Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Acting Performance - Male Supporting Actor for The Lives of Others
  • 2009: Bayerischer Filmpreis 2008 Best Actor in John Rabe
  • 2009: Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Leading Actor in John Rabe
  • 2009: Bernhard-Wicki-Filmpreis|Friedenspreis des Deutschen Films for his acting in John Rabe


  • 1982 - Die Weiße Rose - Director: Michael Verhoeven (with Lena Stolze as Sophie Scholl)
  • 1983 - Die Schaukel - Director: Percy Adlon (with Anja Jaenicke and Lena Stolze)
  • 1984 - Die Story - Director: Eckhart Schmidt
  • 1986 - Stammheim - Director: Reinhard Hauff (Tukur as Andreas Baader, Therese Affolter as Ulrike Meinhof)
  • 1988 - Felix - Director: Margarethe von Trotta, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Helke Sander, Christel Buschmann (Tukur as Felix)
  • 1989 - Das Milliardenspiel - Director: Peter Keglevic (with Friedrich von Thun and Sissy Höfferer)
  • 1992 - Die Spur des Bernsteinzimmers - Director: Roland Gräf (with Corinna Harfouch)
  • 1992 - Das letzte U-Boot - Director: Frank Beyer (with Ulrich Mühe)
  • 1993 - Wehner – die unerzählte Geschichte (de) - Director: Heinrich Breloer (with Tukur as young Herbert Wehner and Heinz Baumann as old Herbert Wehner)
  • 1994 - Felidae - Director: Michael Schaack (Voice)
  • 1995 - Mutters Courage - Director: Michael Verhoeven (with Pauline Collins and Jens Harzer from an autobiographical novel by George Tabori)
  • 1995 - Nikolaikirche - Director: Frank Beyer (with Barbara Auer and Ulrich Matthes)
  • 2000 - Bonhoeffer - Director: Eric Till (Tukur as Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • 2001 - Taking Sides - Director: István Szabó (with Harvey Keitel and Moritz Bleibtreu)
  • 2002 - Amen. - Director: Constantin Costa-Gavras (with Ulrich Mühe - from the play Der Stellvertreter by Rolf Hochhuth)
  • 2002 - Solaris - Director: Steven Soderbergh (with George Clooney and Natascha McElhone - from the homonymous novel by Stanisław Lem)
  • 2004 - Stauffenberg - Director: Jo Baier (with Sebastian Koch as Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg and Ulrich Tukur as Henning von Tresckow)
  • 2005 - Die Nacht der großen Flut - Director: Raymond Ley (Tukur as Hamburg's senator for the interior Helmut Schmidt)
  • 2005 - Das Leben der Anderen - Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Tukur as Anton Grubitz)
  • 2007 - Ein fliehendes Pferd - Director: Rainer Kaufmann (Tukur as Klaus Buch)
  • 2007 - Das Schneckenhaus - Director: Florian Schwarz (Tukur as Dr. Lukas Bator)
  • 2007 - 42plus - Director: Sabine Derflinger (Tukur as Georg)
  • 2007 - Mein alter Freund Fritz - Director: Dieter Wedel (Tukur as head physician Seidel)
  • 2008 - Nordwand - Director: Philipp Stölzl (Tukur as Henry Arau)
  • 2008 - Séraphine - Director: Martin Provost (Tukur as Wilhelm Uhde)
  • 2009 - John Rabe - Director: Florian Gallenberger (Tukur as John Rabe)
  • 2009 - The White Ribbon - Director: Michael Haneke
  • 2009 - Eden in West - Director: Costa-Gavras (Tukur as the magician)
  • 2009 - Within the Whirlwind
  • 2011 - The Burma Conspiracy
  • 2011 - When Pigs Have Wings
  • 2012 - Rommel - Director: Niki Stein (Tukur as Gen. Erwin Rommel)
  • 2013 - Exit Marrakech
  • 2013 - Houston
  • 2014 - Tatort: Im Schmerz geboren (de)
  • 2014 - Weekends in Normandy
  • 2017 - In the Fade
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