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      Josef Bierbichler

      Josef Bierbichler

      Highest Rated: 93% Heart of Glass (1976)

      Lowest Rated: 71% The Farewell (2000)

      Birthday: Apr 26, 1948

      Birthplace: Ambach, Bavaria, Germany

      Bavaria is often called "Germany's California," due to its appearance and its laid-back lifestyle--and also because of the thriving film industry in its main city of Munich. That production hub fueled the career of Josef Bierbichler, one of the country's most respected theater, film, and TV actors. Not long after he started acting onscreen in 1975, he appeared in the first of many collaborations with friend and former roommate Herbert Achternbusch. This was "The Atlantic Swimmers" (1976), the latter's film about several improbable cross-ocean water rats. That same year, Bierbichler took a key role (as the narrator Hias) in the strange 18th-century fable "Heart of Glass," from celebrated director Werner Herzog. Following this, the actor went through a traditional rite of passage for German thespians by playing a guest role on the decades-long cop show "Tatort" (1977). The remainder of Bierbichler's career was spent mostly in the theater, followed by film roles, then TV. As for movies, his most prominent appearances were in such films as 2009's Cannes Film Festival award-winning "White Ribbon." He also appeared in several other efforts from Achternbusch and Herzog, notably the latter's "Woyzeck" (1979), a story of military cruelty starring Klaus Kinski.

      Highest rated movies

      Heart of Glass
      Woyzeck
      The White Ribbon
      Winter Sleepers
      The Farewell

      Photos

      HEART OF GLASS, (aka HERZ AUS GLAS), Josef Bierbichler, 1976 A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), from left: Josef Bierbichler, Karoline Herfurth, 2008. ©IFC A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), from left: Karoline Herfurth, Josef Bierbichler, 2008. ©IFC A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), Josef Bierbichler, 2008. ©IFC A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), Josef Bierbichler, 2008. ©IFC A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), from left: Karoline Herfurth, Josef Bierbichler, 2008. ©IFC A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, (aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), Karoline Herfurth, Josef Bierbichler, 2008. ©IFC A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, (aka AFTERMATH, aka IM WINTER EIN JAHR, aka A YEAR IN WINTER), Josef Bierbichler, 2008. ©IFC WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Josef Bierbichler, 2006. ©X Verleih AG FAREWELL, Josef Bierbichler, 2002 WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Josef Bierbichler, 2006. ©X Verleih AG WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Josef Bierbichler (right), 2006. ©X Verleih AG WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Hanna Schygulla, Josef Bierbichler, 2006. ©X Verleih AG WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Josef Bierbichler (bottom), Sibel Kekilli (top), 2006. ©X Verleih AG FAREWELL, Josef Bierbichler, Jeannette Hain, 2002 FAREWELL, Josef Bierbichler, 2002 FAREWELL, Birgitt Minichmayr, Josef Bierbichler, 2002

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Merkel Horst Seehofer (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Look at Me That Way Ivas Vater (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Life For Football Kurt Landauer (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 67% Exit Marrakech Unknown (Character) - 2013
      85% 79% The White Ribbon The Steward (Character) $2.2M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bone Man Löschenkohl (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 79% Der Knochenmann (The Bone Man) Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Germany 09: 13 Short Films About the State of the Nation Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bone Man Löschenkohl (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 87% A Year in Winter Max Hollander - Maler (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 43% The Architect Georg Winter (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 56% Winter Journey (Winterreise) Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hierankl Lukas (Character) - 2003
      71% 40% The Farewell Bertolt Brecht (Character) $11.0K 2000
      76% 79% Winter Sleepers Theo (Character) $316.4K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Straight Through the Heart Dr. Armin Thal (Character) - 1984
      86% 76% Woyzeck Drum Major (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bierkampf Herberts Schwager (Character) - 1977
      93% 72% Heart of Glass Hias (Character) - 1976