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      Christian Berkel

      Christian Berkel

      Highest Rated: 91% Elle (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 25% Anti-Social (2015)

      Birthday: Oct 28, 1957

      Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

      Born in West Berlin, raised in Paris, film and television actor Christian Berkel first won international acclaim for his slow-burning performance as "Prisoner #38" in director Oliver Hirschbiegel's fact-based thriller "Das Experiment." Berkel was by then well-known to German-speaking audiences, having made dozens of '90s TV series appearances, delivering nuanced portrayals of characters who are devious, deeply conflicted, or just downright sinister. He landed on the Hollywood map thanks to his standout turn in Hirschbiegel's Oscar-nominated drama "Downfall," playing Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck, an SS doctor who tends tirelessly to the care and well-being of his patients and confederates during the final, crushing days before Hitler's defeat. Following his brief role in the big-budget thriller "Flightplan," Berkel again donned a Nazi uniform for the Paul Verhoeven-directed World War II-set erotic drama "Black Book"--then again in Spike Lee's drama "Miracle at St. Anna." In the same year, Berkel brought a fairly unexplored dimension to the Third Reich canon, playing real-life SS officer (and Resistance fighter) Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim, opposite Tom Cruise, in the plot-to-kill-Hitler actioner "Valkyrie." Berkel won raves for playing another actual SS officer, Gestapo leader Karl-Heinz Hoffmann, in the critically acclaimed Danish thriller "Flame and Citron." Amusingly breaking from type, Berkel appeared in Quentin Tarantino's plot-to-kill-Hitler actioner, "Inglourious Basterds," not as a Nazi, but as a shotgun-wielding tavern owner. With his career in European and American cinema thriving, in 2006 Berkel scored his first major TV series lead, starring as the hero of the popular German crime procedural "Der Kriminalist."

      Highest rated movies

      Elle
      Downfall
      Flame & Citron
      Black Book
      Safe Conduct
      Trumbo
      The Experiment
      The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

      Photos

      Christian Berkel TRUMBO, from left: Christian Berkel, as Otto Preminger, director Jay Roach, on set, 2015. ph: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/©Bleecker Street Media TRUMBO, Christian Berkel, as Otto Preminger, 2015. ph: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/©Bleecker Street Media INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Christian Berkel, 2009. Ph: Francois Duhamel/©Weinstein Company THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., left: Elizabeth Debicki, 2015. ph: Daniel Smith/©Warner Bros. Pictures VALKYRIE, front, from left: Bill Nighy, Christian Berkel, 2008. ©United Artists TRUMBO, CHRISTIAN BERKEL (AS OTTO PREMINGER), 2015. ©BLEECKER STREET MEDIA VALKYRIE, from left: Christian Berkel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, 2008. ©United Artists VALKYRIE, Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg (left), Jamie Parker (center), Christian Berkel (right), 2008. ©United Artists THE DOWNFALL, (aka DER UNTERGANG), Christian Berkel, 2004, (c) Newmarket BLACK BOOK, (aka ZWARTBOEK), Christian Berkel, 2006. ©Sony Pictures Classics BLACK BOOK, (aka ZWARTBOEK), Waldemar Kobus, Christian Berkel, Carice van Houten, 2006. ©Sony Pictures Classics Christian Berkel at arrivals for Los Angeles Premiere of VALKYRIE, Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA, December 18, 2008. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Box Erik Behr (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Box Erik Behr (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trügerische Sicherheit Magnus Mittendorf (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Schächten: A Retribution Simon Wiesenthal (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Kids: Three Unlikely Heroes Louis Ziffer (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 100% What Doesn't Kill Us Mark (Character) - 2018
      91% 73% Elle Robert (Character) $2.3M 2016
      25% 24% Anti-Social Philip (Character) - 2015
      75% 79% Trumbo Otto Preminger (Character) $7.9M 2015
      68% 73% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Udo (Character) $45.4M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Der gestiefelte Kater: The IMAX Experience Jack (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Employee David Böttcher (Character) - 2010
      86% 82% Flame & Citron Hoffmann (Character) $145.1K 2008
      62% 65% Valkyrie Mertz von Quirnheim (Character) $83.1M 2008
      No Score Yet 77% Mogadischu Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Haber Fritz Haber (Character) - 2008
      77% 87% Black Book General Kautner (Character) $4.4M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Storm Tide Innensenator Helmut Schmidt (Character) - 2006
      36% 71% Guys and Balls Rudolf (Character) $28.2K 2004
      90% 94% Downfall Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck (Character) $5.5M 2004
      No Score Yet 62% Soundless Unknown (Character) - 2004
      76% 79% Safe Conduct Dr. Greven (Character) $26.6K 2002
      72% 88% The Experiment Steinhoff (Character) $141.1K 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gates of Fire Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Women and a... Man? Unknown (Character) - 1995

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Voices of Liberation Self 2022
      No Score Yet 60% Furia Minister Hardenberg (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet 81% Beat Diemer (Character) 2018