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Ulrich Tukur

Ulrich Tukur recently worked with two internationally acclaimed directors. For Costa Gavras he starred in Amen, based on Rolf Hochhuth's The Deputy, a film about the role of the Catholic Church during World War II and the bizarre resistance of SS man Kurt Gerstein. The film had its premiere at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival.

In Taking Sides, directed by Istvan Szabo, Tukur co-stars with Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgard in a film based on the stage play by Ronald Harwood. Taking Sides examines the decision by noted German symphony conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler to remain in Germany under the Nazi regime. The film premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

Since making his motion picture debut in Michael Verhoeven's The White Rose in 1982, Tukur has appeared in over two dozen German films, including Bonhoeffer-Agent of Grace, Tears of Stone, Charms, My Mother's Courage, The Last U-Boat, Democratic Terrorist and Mystery of the Amber Room.

He made his professional stage debut in 1984 in Ghetto, directed by Peter Zadek in Berlin. His performance earned him the O.E. Hasse Award from the Academy of Fine Arts.

A noted Shakespearean actor, Tukur has also performed in Germany in Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth. He received the Boy Gobert Award from the Hamburg State Theatres in 1985 for his role as Orlando in As You Like It. The following year he was awarded the Best Actor Award from the German Theatre Critics for his roles in Julius Caesar, Sam Shepard's Fool For Love and Ghetto.

Among his other stage credits are J.P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man, Ibsen's Peer Gynt and Hofmannsthal's Everyman, which he performed during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Salzburg Festivals.

For his work in television, Tukur received the 1996 Golden Camera Award for the film The Killer and His Child and the Adolf Grimme Award (Germany Emmy) in 2000 for his role in the television movie Waiting is Death, Born in Viernheim, Germany, Tukur grew up in Westphalia and Lower Saxony. He studied at the Stuttgart School of Music and Dramatic Arts and since 1985 he has been a member of the Hamburg State Theatre.

A talented singer, musician and composer, Tukur has performed in small venues playing piano and accordion. He released his first record, Tanzpalast, in 1990. In 1993, he produced, starred in and wrote the libretto for Blue Beard's Orchestra at the Schmidt's Tivoli Theatre in Hamburg. In 1997 he produced, starred in and wrote the libretto for a second musical, a romance entitled To Once Be Casanova.

In 1995, along with director Ulrich Waller, he was made artistic director of the Hamburg Kammerspiele Theatre.

Tukur's band, Ulrich Tukur and The Rhythmus Boys has performed in clubs throughout Germany and Austria. Their first recording I Long for the Bar at the Beach was released in 1997, followed by Wonderful To Be With You, released in 2001.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Ulrich Tukur Facts

BirthdayJuly 29, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceViernheim, Germany

Selected Filmography

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