Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Max Reinhardt Seminar
Played a German bounty hunter opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
Portrayed August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"
Cast as Richelieu in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers"
Co-starred with Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"
Played the villainous Chudnofsky in the action comedy "The Green Hornet" opposite Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz
Landed breakthrough role as Nazi officer Hans Landa (aka "The Jew Hunter") in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"
Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("Inglourious Basterds")
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Inglourious Basterds")
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ("Inglourious Basterds")
Directed first feature, the TV production "Wenn man sich traut/A Question of Confidence," about a thirty-something couple whose perfect, lighthearted relationship ended when they got married
Starred as a German tourist in South America entangled in a murder mystery in "Falling Rocks"
Played a depressed writer who borrows his publisher's new car and soon attracts the attention of two women in "Das Merkwuerdige Verhalten Geschlectsreifer Grossstaedter Zur Paarungzeist/Love Scenes from Planet Earth"
Appeared in the German version of the film "Leben Fur Leben/Life for Life," about the groundbreaking theologian Father Maximilian
Reprised role in the sequel "The Gravy Train Goes East"
Co-starred as Dr. Hans-Joachim in the British miniseries "The Gravy Train"
Played a lead role in the German film "Feuer und Schwert/Fire and Sword"
Made his stage debut at the prestigious Schauspielhaus Zurich in Switzerland
Moved to New York City to study acting
At 19, began appearing in plays and small-budget films
Returned to Europe to study at the famed Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna