Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger

Born Tilman Valentin Schweiger
(1963-12-19) 19 December 1963
Freiburg, West Germany
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Dana Carlson (1995–2014)
Children Valentin Schweiger
Luna Schweiger
Lilli Schweiger
Emma Tiger Schweiger
Website www.til-schweiger.de

Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈvaləntiːn ˈʃvaɪɡɐ]; born 19 December 1963) is a German actor, director, and producer. He runs his own production company, Barefoot Films, in Berlin.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6]

Schweiger was in a relationship with model Svenja Holtmann from 2010 to October 2013.



Year Film Role Notes and awards
1991 Manta, Manta Bertie First film in which he was the lead actor
1993 Ebbies Bluff Rudy Max-Ophüls-Preis Best Actor Newcomer Award
1994 Der bewegte Mann Axel Feldheim Bambi
1995 Bunte Hunde Pepe Brenner
1996 Männerpension Steinbock Bambi; DIVA-Award
Das Superweib Hajo Heiermann
1997 Knockin' On Heaven's Door Martin Brest Also Writer and Producer
20th Moscow International Film Festival - Best Actor;[7] Jupiter Best Actor; Goldene Kamera Best Actor
Bandyta (Bastard) Brute Polish Film Festival[8] (Polish Oscar) Best Actor; Bravo Otto Best Actor
1998 The Replacement Killers Ryker
Judas Kiss Ruben Rubenbauer
SLC Punk! Mark
Der Eisbär Leo Also Director and Producer
1999 Der große Bagarozy Stanislaus Nagy
2000 Magicians Max
2001 Driven Beau Brandenburg
Investigating Sex Monty
What to Do in Case of Fire? Tim
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Sean
2004 In Enemy Hands Captain Jonas Herdt
King Arthur Cynric
(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 Rock Fertig Aus Bambi Best Actor
Les Dalton Lucky Luke
2005 Barfuss Nick Keller Also Writer, Director and Producer
Bambi Best Film
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Heinz Hummer the Gigolo with the most below
2006 One Way Eddie Schneider Also Producer
Wo ist Fred? Fred Krüppers Jupiter Best Actor
2007 Body Armour John Ridley
Keinohrhasen Ludo Decker Also Writer, Director 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[9]
2008 The Red Baron Werner Voss Bravo Otto
Far Cry Jack Carver
1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Ritter Lanze Also Director and Producer
2009 Phantomschmerz Marc
Inglourious Basterds Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Männerherzen Jerome Ades
Zweiohrküken (Keinohrhasen 2) Ludo Decker Also Writer, Director and Producer
Deutscher Comedypreis Best Comedy
2011 Kokowääh Henry Also Writer, Director and Producer
The Three Musketeers Cagliostro
Männerherzen 2 Jerome
New Year's Eve James Schwab
2012 This Means War Heinrich
The Courier FBI agent
Schutzengel Max Also Director and Producer
2013 Charlie Countryman Darko
Kokowääh 2 Henry Also Writer, Director and Producer
2014 Muppets Most Wanted German Cop
Honig im Kopf Niko Rosenbach Director
2016 Tschiller: Off Duty Nick Tschiller


Year TV Show Role Notes and awards
1989–1992 Lindenstraße Jo Zenker
1994–1996 Die Kommissarin Nick Siegel
1996 Adrenalin Stefan Renner
A Girl Called Rosemary Nadler
Die Halbstarken Freddy
2002 Joe and Max Max Schmeling
2013–2016 Tatort Nick Tschiller Tatort in Hamburg (4 episodes)



  1. "Keinohrhasen (2007) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  2. "Til Schweiger biography and filmography". tribute.ca. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  3. "Til Schweiger movies". listal.com. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  4. ${time} (2014-05-21). "Til und Dana Schweiger geschieden: Tatort-Kommissar offiziell solo" (in (German)). N24.de. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  5. "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  6. Internet Movie Database: Bandyta Awards
  7. Internet Movie Database: Already Dead
  8. CIVIS-Publikumspreis für „Honig im Kopf“, abgerufen am 31. Juli 2015
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