Til Schweiger’s BiographyTil Schweiger is the pride of German cinema, a remarkable actor, a talented director, a producer, and simply a charming, handsome man. He is well known in Russia for his roles in Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Rabbit Without Ears, Lara Croft, and King Arthur.
Early YearsTil (full name Tilman Valentin Schweiger) was born in Freiburg, Germany to two teachers. The boy spent his early years in Giessen; when he was four years old, his family moved to Heuchelheim.
After graduating from school he started his German studies at the Linguistics Faculty. After two years, to his disappointment, Til realized that he wouldn’t make much money with teaching; so he quit the university and entered a medical school, thinking it would provide a brighter future for him. After graduating, he spent two years serving in the Netherland Air Force. When he came back home, he found himself out of work again.
The Beginning of Artistic JourneyAfter receiving his actor’s diploma in 1989, Schweiger got a job at the Contra-Kreis Theatre in Bonn. At the same time, he was offered an episodic role in the series Lindenstrasse. It proved to be a successful debut; the charismatic young actor was noticed and invited to play the lead role in the comedy Manta, Manta (1991). Til was awarded a prestigious German film award that brought him credibility amongst actors.
Big BreakThis seemed to be the ultimate success for a young actor who had started his career from dubbing adult movies. However, Til didn’t stop there; he decided to explore new avenues. He changed roles and became the co-author and producer of the movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1997), which started a new stage in his career.
Directing CareerInspired by the success of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Til decided to take up directing. The first movie he directed was the action thriller The Polar Bear (1998), where he played the lead role. The movie was well accepted by viewers and critics and started a new stage in Schweiger’s career. It was followed by the comedy Auf Herz und Nieren (2001) in which Til unexpectedly gave up the lead role in favor of Steffen Wink.
One of Til’s latest roles was the one of Luke in the action-comedy Hot Dog (2018). In the autumn of 2018 viewers had an opportunity to evaluate Schweiger as a director in his new movie, the effervescent comedy Klassentreffen.