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Thomas Kretschmann
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Did Fegelein shave his hair?

Known for

Playing the role of Hermann Fegelein, and possibly being a reincarnation of the Antic Master.

Born

8 September 1962

Nicknames

Tom, Tommy, Fegel-Kretschmann

Height

1.76 m
5' 9¼"

Thomas Kretschmann (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈkrəʧman]; born 8 September 1962) is a German actor.

Kretschmann was born in Dessau, former German Democratic Republic. Before he became an actor, Kretschmann trained to become an Olympic swimmer. At the age of 19, he left East Germany and began a month-long trek to West Germany to escape the East German state. During this trek he lost part of a finger, but it was surgically reattached. Kretschmann crossed four borders with nothing other than his passport and the equivalent of $100 in his possession.

At the age of 25, he began acting, starring in numerous European films and television series. In 1991, Kretschmann was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for best young actor for his role in Der Mitwisser. He went on to star in his first full length feature, the 1993 film Stalingrad. He achieved international recognition for his role as a rapist/murderer in Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome.

His best known roles are Hermann Fegelein in Der Untergang, Karl Dönitz in The Sinking of the Laconia, Captain Englehorn in the 2005 remake of King Kong, and Professor Zündapp in Cars 2.

He is well known for playing many German characters: Lieutenant Hans Von Witzland in the 1993 film Stalingrad, Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld in The Pianist, Otto Ernst Remer in the 2009 film Valkyrie, Adolf Eichmann in the 2007 movie Eichmann, Gunther Wassner in U-571, and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.

Notable Roles

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Der Alte (Season 13 Episode 5) Bahnhofsbaby Karsten Winterberg TV series
Radiofieber (4 episodes) Hasso TV series
Der Mitwisser Paul Television film
Max Ophüls Prize for Best Young Actor
1992 Krigerens Hjerte (The Warrior's Heart) Lieutenant Maximillian Luedt Appeared in Der Frozengang
1993 Stalingrad Lieutenant Hans von Witzland Some of his more parodyable roles
Die Ratte Sven Film rated 18+
1994 La Reine Margot Nançay
1995 Derrick (Season 22 Episode 4) Teestunde mit einer Mörderin The husband of the murderess Television film
1996 The Stendhal Syndrome Alfredo Grossi
Marciando nel buio (Marching In Darkness) Gianni Tricarico Used in Der Frozengang
1997 Prince Valiant Thagnar
1998 Die Mädchenfalle - Der Tod kommt online Magnus Sieber First role as an police detective
Die Diebin (Miss Diamond) Tim Kaiser TV movie
1999 Der Tod in deinen Augen Billy TV movie
Esther: The Bible King Ahasuerus of Persia Television film
Der Solist (4 episodes 1999-2003) Philip Lanart TV movie
2000 U-571 Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner
2001 Feindliche Übernahme – althan.com (Hostile Takeover) Robert Fernau
Ein tödliches Wochenende Christian Appeared alongside Horwitz and Nickel
I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa Vanni delle Rondini
2002 Blade II Eli Damaskinos
The Pianist Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld
2003 24 Max
2004 In Enemy Hands First Watch Officer Ludwig Cremer
Immortel (Ad Vitam) Nikopol
Der Untergang SS-Obergruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
Resident Evil: Apocalypse Major Timothy Cain
The Karate Dog Gerber Television film
Head in the Clouds Franz Bietrich
Frankenstein Victor Helios Television film
2005 Schneeland Aron
Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II Miniseries and have appeared with Bruno Ganz. Featured in one parody.
King Kong Captain Englehorn
2006 Rohtenburg Oliver Hartwin
  • Best Actor, Sitges 2006 (shared with co-star Thomas Huber)
  • Best Actor, PiFan 2007 (shared with co-star Thomas Huber)
The Celestine Prophecy Wil
24: The Game Max video game
2007 Next Mr. Smith
In Transit Max
Eichmann Adolf Eichmann
Bionic Woman The Man television series (episode one)
Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken Paul
2008 Wanted Cross
Transsiberian Kolzak
Mogadischu Kapitän Jürgen Schumann Television film. Appeared in Staedty86 's Hitler travels by plane
Der Seewolf Kapitän Wolf Larsen television film
Valkyrie Otto Ernst Remer Also appeared in some parodies
2009 The Young Victoria King Leopold I of Belgium
King Conqueror Archbishop of Tarragona
Wanted: Weapons of Fate Cross Video game
Separation City Klaus Becker
FlashForward Stefan Krieger Television series
Romy Harry Meyen TV movie
2010 The Nazi Officer's Wife Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner Unreleased
Dare to Love Me Mariano
The Big Bang Frizer
2011 Cars 2 Professor Zündapp Voice
The Sinking of the Laconia Admiral Dönitz Television film – BBC Productions. One of his more easily parodyable roles, as Dönitz sports the same haircut as Fegelein. Most notably used in Der Disneygang and The Antic Menace.
The Cape Gregor the Great television series
Hostel: Part III Flemming Direct-to-DVD
What a Man Jens
2012 Dracula 3D Dracula
The River Captain Kurt Brynildson Television series
2013 Dracula Abraham Van Helsing Television series
Open Grave Lukas
Stalingrad (2013) Hauptmann Peter Kahn Another parodyable role of him. Seen in Antics in the Bunker - Stand Alone Rants
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soilder Baron Wolfgang von Strucker Cameo (mid-credits scene)
Plastic (2014) Marcel
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
Hitman: Agent 47 Le Clerq
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Airplane Passenger Cameo
Central Intelligence The Buyer Cameo
2017 Stratton Grigory Barovsky
The Saint Rayt Marius TV movie
Jungle Karl
A Taxi Driver Jürgen Hinzpeter
Berlin Station Otto Ganz TV series
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Lorentz Vogelmann
Ballon Oberstleutnant Seidel

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