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Matthias Schweighöfer

Matthias Schweighöfer is a German actor, singer, music composer, voice actor, and film director and producer. He is known for his acting performances in the German films The Red Baron (2008), The Manny (2015), and Hot Dog (2018), and American films Valkyrie (2008) and Army of the Dead (2021).

Wiki/Biography

Matthias Schweighöfer was born on Wednesday, March 11, 1981 (age 40 years; as of 2021), in Anklam, Western Pomerania, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. After his parents got divorced in 1984, he moved with his mother to Frankfurt and later to Chemnitz; he was three years old at the time of divorce. At the same time, he spent weekends with his father in Berlin. He did his high school graduation at Dr.-Wilhelm-André Gymnasium, a gymnasium school in Chemnitz, Germany. To study acting, he went to Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in  Berlin but abandoned the course after a year. [1]Der Tagesspiegel

Physical Appearance

Height [2]IMDb: 5′ 10¾”

Hair Colour: Blonde

Eye Color: Blue

Matthias Schweighöfer

Family & Ethnicity

Parents & Siblings

His mother’s name is Gitta Schweighöfer and his father’s name is Michael Schweighöfer; both his parents are actors by profession. He is the only child of his parents.

Matthias Schweighöfer with his Parents

Matthias Schweighöfer with his Parents

Relationships, Wife & Children

From 2004 to 2012, he dated the German film writer and director Angelika Ani Schromm. After separating in 2012, they got back together in the summer of 2013. Angelika and Matthias have a daughter named Greta (born in 2009) and a son named Valentin (born in 2014). In January 2019, Mattias announce his separation from Schromm.

Matthias Schweighöfer with Angelika Ani Schromm

Matthias Schweighöfer with Angelika Ani Schromm

Matthias Schweighöfer with his daughter

Matthias Schweighöfer with his daughter

Soon, he announced that he was in a relationship with the Costa Rican actress Ruby O. Fee.

Matthias Schweighöfer with Ruby O. Fee

Matthias Schweighöfer with Ruby O. Fee

Other Relatives

His grandfather, Willy Schweighöfer, was a stage actor. His uncles, Joachim Schweighöfer and Götz Schweighöfer, are also former actors.

Career

Television

In 1994, he made his acting debut in an uncredited role in the German TV series ‘Ärzte’ in the episode ‘Dr. Vogt – Freundschaften.’

Matthias Schweighöfer in Ärzte (1994) in the episode Dr. Vogt - Freundschaften

Matthias Schweighöfer in Ärzte (1994) in the episode Dr. Vogt – Freundschaften

He made appearances in minor roles in the German TV series such as Dr. Stefan Frank – Der Arzt, dem die Frauen vertrauen (1999), Siska (1998-1999), Polizeiruf 110 (2001), and Tatort (2001-10). In 1997, he made his television film debut with the German film ‘Changing Skins’ in an uncredited role.

Changing Skins (1997)

Changing Skins (1997)

In 2000, he appeared in his first lead role in a TV movie as ‘Ben’ in ‘Verbotenes Verlangen – Ich liebe meinen Schüler.’

Verbotenes Verlangen - Ich liebe meinen Schüler

In 2017, he bagged his first lead role as ‘Lukas Franke’ in the German TV series ‘You Are Wanted.’

You Are Wanted (2017)

He played lead roles in German TV movies Küss mich, Frosch (2000), Babykram ist Männersache (2001), Friends of Friends (2002), The Young Schiller (2005), and Mein Leben – Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2009).

Films

In 2000, he made his feature film debut with the German film ‘Trust Me’ in which he portrayed ‘Speedy.’

Trust Me (2000)

Trust Me (2000)

In 2001, he appeared in his first lead role as ‘Jan Quinn’ in the German film ‘Mein Vater, die Tunte.’

Matthias Schweighöfer in Mein Vater, die Tunte (2001)

Matthias Schweighöfer in Mein Vater, die Tunte (2001)

He then made appearances in lead roles in the German films Soloalbum (2003), Polly Blue Eyes (2005), Rabbit Without Ears (2007), The Red Baron (2008), and The Architect (2008). Some of his other major German films in starring roles are 2 Paces Without a Head (2009), Friendship! (2010), Russendisko (2012), Frau Ella (2013), The Manny (2015), and Hot Dog (2018). In 2008, he made his American film debut as ‘Lieutenant Herber’ in ‘Valkyrie.’ Not only did his performance in ‘Valkyrie’ earned him worldwide recognition but also opened opportunities for more English-speaking roles.

Matthias Schweighöfer in Valkyrie (2008)

Matthias Schweighöfer in Valkyrie (2008)

In 2009, his first main role in an American film was with ‘Night Train’ as ‘Frankie.’

Night Train (2009)

He acted in the American films Must Love Death (2009), The Wild Life (2016), Resistance (2020), and Army of the Dead (2021).

As a Producer

In 2011, he founded the production company ‘Pantaleon Films’ headquartered in Munich. The company has two more offices in Berlin and Cologne. Most of his films are produced under the Pantaleon Films banner.

Logo of Pantaleon Films

Logo of Pantaleon Films

In 2011, he debuted as a producer with the German film ‘What a Man.’

What a Man (2011)

He produced German films like The Break Up Man (2013), The Manny (2015), The Most Beautiful Day (2016), Hot Dog (2018), Abikalypse (2019), and Takeover (2020). In 2016, he made his television debut as a producer with the German TV film ‘Jack the Ripper.’

Jack the Ripper (2016)

As a producer, he produced the German telefilm Rockstars zähmt man nicht (2017)  and the German TV series You Are Wanted (2017-18). His debut as a producer with the American film was with ‘Resistance’ (2020).

Resistance (2020)

In 2021, he produced the American film Army of the Dead: The Prequel.

As a Singer & Composer

He sang the songs in his films like Polizeiruf 110: Destroyed Dreams (2001), Frau Ella (2013), and You Are Wanted (2017). In 2015, his first single ‘Fliegen’ was released; the single was used in his film ‘The Manny’ and was charted number 58 in the German single charts.

 

In 2017, he released his first album ‘Lachen Weinen Tanzen,’ which was placed at number five in German charts, number six in Austria charts, and number nineteen in Switzerland charts.

Lachen Weinen Tanzen (2017)

On February 18, 2017, his first album concert was held at Tempodrom in Berlin. In 2020, he released his second album ‘Hobby,’ which charted tenth in the German album charts.

Hobby (2020)

Some of  the popular songs sung by him include Lachen Weinen Tanzen (2015), Superman und seine Frau (2018), Wenn ich dich singen hör (2018), Zeit (2020), and Lauf (2020). In 2017, he debuted as a music composer with the film ‘You Are Wanted’ (2017) in which he composed the tracks Trust, X-Ray, and Blackout.

As a Director & Writer

In 2011, he made his directorial and writing debut with the German film ‘What a Man.’ He directed German films like The Break Up Man (2013), Vaterfreuden (2014), The Manny (2015), and You Are Wanted (2017). In 2021, he made his directorial debut in an American film with ‘Army of the Dead: The Prequel.’ He screen wrote the German films Vaterfreuden (2014) and The Manny (2015). His directorial debut in Netherland was with the film ‘Voor elkaar gemaakt’ (2017).

Voor elkaar gemaakt (2017)

Other Works

He made appearances in the music videos of Kreuzberg (2007) by Bloc Party, Ich bereue nichts (2009) by Silbermond, Eiserner Steg (2011) by Philipp Poisel, Hurt Lovers (2013) by Blue, and Standort (2020) by MoTrip.

 

He also performed in stage plays like Eins, Zwei, Drei (2004) and Nord (2007). He narrated the audiobooks such as The Lewins (2004) by Gita Lehr, Baal (2005) by Bertolt Brecht, Der Schatten des Windes (2006) Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Schöne Verhältnisse (2007) by Edward St Aubyn, and Die Traumnovelle (2008) by Arthur Schnitzler. In 2009, he debuted in the fashion industry when he launched his label ‘German Garment’ with German TV presenter Joko Winterscheidt.

Logo of German Garment

Logo of German Garment

In 2014, Matthias was announced as the brand ambassador of the alcohol-brewing and beverage brand Krombacher Hell.

Matthias Schweighöfer in an advertisement of Krombacher Hell

Matthias Schweighöfer in an advertisement of Krombacher Hell

In May 2016, he made an appearance in an advertisement campaign for Amazon Fire TV Stick, and in later advertisements for the campaign, he appeared alongside Katrin Bauerfeind.

 

He has been the brand ambassador of the Austrian furniture chain XXXLutz since 2020.

 

Awards & Achievements

Bambi Award

  • Film – National for ‘Schlussmacher’ in 2013

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Bambi Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Bambi Award

  • Best Actor – National for the film ‘Das wilde Leben’ in 2007

Golden Hen Award, Germany

  • Audience Award for Acting for the film ‘Der geilste Tag’ in 2016

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Golden Hen Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Golden Hen Award

  • Audience Award for Acting for the film ‘Russendisko’ in 2012

Golden Camera Award, Germany

  • Best German Actor for the film ‘Mein Leben – Marcel Reich-Ranicki’ in 2010
  • Curt Jürgens Memorial Camera in 2003

Jupiter Award

  • Most Successful Feature Film for ‘Vaterfreuden’ in 2015

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Jupiter Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Jupiter Award

  • Best German Film for ‘What a Man’ in 2012
  • Best German TV Actor for ‘Mein Leben – Marcel Reich-Ranicki’ in 2010

Undine Award, Austria

  • Best Young Actor – Film (Bester jugendlicher Hauptdarsteller in einem Kinospielfilm) for ‘Das wilde Leben’ in 2007
  • Best Young Actor – Television Movie (Bester jugendlicher Schauspieler in einem Fernsehfilm) for ‘Schiller’ in 2005

Hessian TV Award

  • Special Jury Prize for ‘What a Man’ in 2011
  • Best Actor (Bester Darsteller) for ‘Tatort’ in 2010

Other Awards

  • GQ Man of the Year – Film National in 2017

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his GQ Man of the Year award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his GQ Man of the Year award

  • MUSIKEXPRESS Style Award – Gentleman of the Year in 2015

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his MUSIKEXPRESS Style Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his MUSIKEXPRESS Style Award

  • Romy Gala, Austria for Best Film (Bester Film) for ‘Schlussmacher’ in 2013
  • Berlin Bear (BZ Culture Prize) – Film/Director in 2013
  • Lola – German Film Award – People Choice in 2013

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Lola - German Film Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his Lola – German Film Award

  • Video champion – Artist Award in 2010
  • German Television Award – Promotional Award for ‘Verbotenes Verlangen – Ich liebe meinen Schüler’ in 2009
  • DIVA Award for the films Actor of the Year for ‘Ventricular Fibrillation,’ ‘Schiller,’ and ‘Polly Blue Eyes’ in 2006

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his DIVA Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his DIVA Award

  • Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actor (Darstellernachwuchspreis) for ‘Kammerflimmern’ in 2005
  • Baden-Baden TV Film Festival for Special prize of the jury for outstanding performance in ‘Kalter Frühling’ and ‘Baal’ in 2004
  • New Faces Award, Germany for Best Actor for ‘Soloalbum’ in 2003

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his New Faces Award

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his New Faces Award

  • Grimme Award – Adolf Grimme Award for Fiction/Entertainment for ‘Die Freunde der Freunde’ in 2003
  • Günter Strack TV Award  for Best Young Actor for ‘Tatort’ in 2002

Favorite Things

  • Food: Pizza, Pasta
  • Alcoholic Beverage: Rosé
  • Beverage: Latte macchiato, Coffee
  • Actor(s): Al Pacino, Johnny Depp
  • Film Director(s): Zack Snyder, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese
  • Playwright: Max Frisch
  • Musician(s): Jonas David, Fayzen, Nisse
  • Clothing Brand: CAMP DAVID
  • Travel Destination(s): Miami, Los Angeles

Net Worth

As of 2021, Matthias Schweighöfer’s estimated net worth is $17.61 million. [3]Vermoegen Magazin

Facts/Trivia

  • In his leisure time, he likes writing poems and listening to music while driving. Being a sports fanatic, he also finds joy in running and swimming in his free time.
  • In an interview, he confessed to being more of a cat person but owns a pet dog named Bowie.

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his pet

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his pet

  • His family members and close friends fondly call him Matthi. [4]IMDb Several media channels and his fans address him as Schweigi, Matze, and The Justin Timberlake of Germany. [5]Laut [6]Square Mile
  • Since childhood, he has shown a great interest in music and can play instruments such as piano, guitar, and violin.

    Matthias Schweighöfer playing the guitar

    Matthias Schweighöfer playing the guitar

  • He is an aviophobic, having fear of flying. Due to his phobia, he travels by driving within Germany, and if he has to fly outside Germany, he takes therapy sessions before boarding his plane.
  • He is a polyglot, fluent in German, English, and French.
  • When he was three years old, his parents, both actors, introduced him to the stage. During his school days, he played ‘Mackie Messer’ in his school’s production of ‘The Threepenny Opera’ by Bertolt Brecht; it was his first stage appearance.
  • In 2009, he began living with his former girlfriend at a Vierseithof (four-sided courtyard) in the Nauen town of the Brandenburg state of Germany.
  • Since 2011, he has been a huge supporter and donor at Berlin’s Ronald McDonald House Charities, which is working to design, find, and support programs to improve the health and well-being of children. In his statement for the charity, published on the charity’s web portal, he wrote,

    Anyone who has children of their own can imagine how much they need help when their own child becomes seriously ill. The Ronald McDonald Houses make a very important contribution: They are a temporary home for parents in the immediate vicinity of the clinic – so the relatives can be very close to their little patients. As a father, I know how important this closeness is for children in order to get well again quickly. That is why it was immediately clear to me to get involved in the Ronald McDonald Haus Berlin-Buch.”

  • On January 30, 2012, Matthias unveiled his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Berlin. Matthias’ wax figure took six months and fifteen workers for its construction.

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his wax statue at Madame Tussauds

    Matthias Schweighöfer with his wax statue at Madame Tussauds

  • Matthias and Andreas Nowak, the drummer for one of Germany’s most successful Rock-Pop-Act group ‘Silbermond, are best friends. Andreas Nowak is the godfather of Matthias’ daughter, Greta.

    Matthias Schweighöfer with Andreas Nowak

    Matthias Schweighöfer with Andreas Nowak

  • According to Matthias, after gaining success in his career, he suffered from stress and depression. To counter it, he began studying the Japanese way of life, which helped him improve his life. Talking about it in an interview, he said,

    I started studying the Japanese way of life because I was fed up with running. And that helped me to realize: quiet is something very beautiful. Exposing yourself to it and seeing what actually happens to you when you go into peace and solitude is very interesting.

  • Matthias consumes alcohol, but rarely. Two of his most favorite alcoholic beverages are beer and wine. [7]Db Mobil

References   [ + ]

1. Der Tagesspiegel
2, 4. IMDb
3. Vermoegen Magazin
5. Laut
6. Square Mile
7. Db Mobil

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