Til Schweiger
Birth Date:
December 19, 1963
Birth Place:
Freiburg, Germany
Famous for:
His role in 'SLC Punk!' (1998)
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Good-looking German actor/director/producer/writer Til Schweiger had built a prolific career in Germany with such impressive credits as Ebbies Bluff (1993, won a Max Ophüls Festival Award) and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1997, earned a Moscow International Film Festival Award). He then achieved international appeal with Bandyta (1997), where he became the first non-Polish actor to win the Polish Best Actor Award. Since then, he has snagged supporting parts in Hollywood productions like The Replacement Killers (1998), Judas Kiss (1998), SLC Punk (1998), Magicians (2000), Investigating Sex (2001), Driven (2001), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005). In 2004, Schweiger received a Bambi Special Award and a German Comedy Award for his work in (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004).

As for a filmmaker, Schweiger was handed a Bambi Film National for his impressive directorial effort in the comedy film Barfuss (2005). His debut as a director took place in 1998 with the action-thriller Der Eisbär (The Polar Bear).

Recently appearing in the international comedy Bye Bye Harry (2006), Schweiger is set to play various roles in the forthcoming movies Body Armour (2006, TV), One Way (2006) and The Red Baron (2006).

Off screen, Schweiger was named one of Germany’s Cinema magazine’s “Most Erotic Male Actors” in 2000. The 5’ 10” tall actor recently separated from his model-wife, Dana Carlson, whom he married in 1995. He is the father of four children, Valentin, Luna, Lili and Emma.


Childhood and Family:

Til Schweiger was born Tilman Valentin Schweiger on December 19, 1963, in Freiburg, Germany.

On June 19, 1995, Til Schweiger, whose nicknames are T-Bone-Til, Whispering-wulf, Tilly, Gleitwichser and T-Dog, married American-born fashion beauty Dana Carlson. The pair has four children, Valentin Schweiger (born in 1995), Luna (born in 1997), Lili Camille (born in 1998) and Emma Tiger (born in October 2002). Unfortunately, Til and Dana have recently become estranged.

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


Til Schweiger kicked off his film career in his homeland of Germany in 1991 with a major part in the comedy Manta, Manta, and immediately scored success by nabbing a Max Ophüls Festival for Best Young Actor in director-writer Claude-Oliver Rudolph’s Ebbies Bluff (1993). After the award-winning performance, Schweiger appeared in many German movies and television productions, including Lemgo (1994, TV), the comedy film Maybe...Maybe Not (1994, starred with Katja Riemann and Joachim Król), the series “Kommissarin, Die” (1994-1996), Jailbirds (1996), Halbstarken, Die (1996, TV) and A Girl Called Rosemary (1996, TV).

Schweiger’s career entered a new phase in 1997 when he began to produce, co-write and direct films. In 1997’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, a road movie helmed by Thomas Jahn, the actor co-authored the screenplay and took home a Moscow International Film Festival award for his the starring role of Martin Brest. The same year, Schweiger became the first non-Polish performer to win the Polish Best Actor Award for his role in director Maciej Dejczer’s Polish-German-French drama Bandyta, opposite Polly Walker, Pete Postlethwaite and John Hurt. This international recognition led to small roles in Hollywood features like the action-thriller The Replacement Killers (1998, with international star Yun-Fat Chow and actress Mira Sorvino), the crime-thriller Judas Kiss (1998, starred Carla Gugino, Simon Baker and Emma Thompson), and the Matthew Lillard comedy vehicle SLC Punk (1998). Still in 1998, the actor made his debut as a movie director with Der Eisbär (The Polar Bear), an action-thriller where he also served as an actor and co-producer.

He then starred with Claire Forlani in the comedy Magicians (2000) and teamed up with Dermot Mulroney, Julie Delpy, Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell in Alan Rudolph’s comedy Investigating Sex (2001). He then returned to the action-thriller genre with 2001’s Driven, which starred Sylvester Stallone. After a starring role in the German comedy What to Do in Case of Fire (2001) and a second lead in the made-for-television film Joe and Max (2002), Schweiger appeared in the Angelina Jolie vehicle Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).

2004 found roles in such films as King Arthur, In Enemy Hands, Agnes and His Brothers, The Daltons and (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1.

The next year, Schweiger netted a Bambi Film National for his fine behind-the scene-effort in the comedy film Barfuss, where he also starred as Nick Keller, a pleasure-seeking bachelor in love with an escaped mental patient. He had supporting roles in the Rob Schneider comedy Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005, starred) and the international film Bye Bye Harry (2006).

The 43-year-old actor will be featured as John Ridley in the upcoming action made-for-television film Body Armour (2006). On the wide screen, he is scheduled to star in such German films as the crime-thriller One Way (2006, as Eddie Shneider), the comedy Special (2006) and appear in the international action-adventure The Red Baron (2006), starring Joseph Fiennes.


  • Bambi: Bambi Film National, Barfuss, 2005
  • Bambi: Special Award, Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1, shared with Michael Herbig, Sky Dumont, Anja Kling, Rick Kavanian,
  • Christian Tramitz and Michael Herbig, 2004
  • German Comedy: Best Feature Film Comedy (Beste Filmkomödie), Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1, 2004
  • Polish Film Festival: Best Actor, Bandyta, 1997
  • Moscow International Film Festival: Silver St. George, Best Actor, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, 1997
  • Max Ophüls Festival: Best Young Actor, Ebbies Bluff, 1993
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