One of Germany's biggest pop performer's, Herbert Grönemeyer is primarily known outside of Europe as a key actor in the U-boat-set war movie "Das Boot" (1981). Pursuing both drama and singing in his youth, the handsome Grönemeyer initially found success as an actor, appearing in German television productions during the late 1970s. While his early albums as a solo recording artist weren't successful, he did garner attention for his part in "Das Boot." Determined to make it as a musician, however, Grönemeyer's various recording efforts finally paid off when his 1984 album, 4630 Bochum, became an unexpected hit. Pop stardom in his homeland followed, with Grönemeyer rarely returning to screen acting, content to consistently record and tour, with later albums such as Mensch (2002), adding further successes to his musical career.