Saturday, August 13, 2011


Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation; born December 19, 1963) is a German actor, director, and producer. He is one of Germany’s most successful filmmakers. Since 1968, when the FFA started counting, no other German actor drew more people to the cinemas.[1] He runs his own production company Barefoot Films in Berlin.
Schweiger was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Federal Republic of Germany. He married American model Dana Carlson on June 19, 1995. The couple have had four children together: Valentin Florian (b. 1995), Luna Marie (b. 1997), Lilli Camille (b. 1998), and Emma Tiger (b. October 2002). They separated in 2005, but have not divorced.
Schweiger's debut as a producer and (uncredited) director came in 1997 with Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The film remains a cult favourite for audiences worldwide. He also directed and produced Der Eisbär (The Polar Bear) in 1998. Schweiger won a Bambi 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. Keinohrhasen (this literally translates to "no ear rabbits" while the English title is Rabbit Without Ears) was written, produced and directed by Schweiger
and became the most successful film in German theaters in 2008 with a box office result of USD 62,000,000.[4] The film won a prestigious Bambi Award, 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) was released the following year and was also a huge success 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 came to German cinemas in
Onscreen, Schweiger first appeared as an actor in 1989 on "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 (The Girl Rosemarie), 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.

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