German actor Ken Duken received his acting start in theater productions before making his television debut in the German crime movie "Blutiger Ernst. " Soon after, he was cast in Friedemann Fromm's 1999 film "Schlaraffenland," which featured Franka Potente. Duken then had a starring role in Miguel Alexandre's dramatic snow adventure "Gran Paradiso." In the movie, he played Mark, a paraplegic who fights depression as he dreams of climbing an enormous mountain called Gran Paradiso. Duken's character was limited to a wheelchair, and Duken received accolades and wider notice from his performance. In 2000, he married German actress Marisa Leonie Bach. The two wrote and acted together in 2003's short-film suspense drama "From Another Point of View," which was also co-directed by Duken. The actor made frequent appearances on German television programs, include a recurring role on the crime drama "Nachtschicht." In 2008, Duken appeared in the highly-regarded biographical film "Max Manus," which explored the life of the World War II-era Norwegian resistance fighter. Slowly, Duken made inroads in American and British film. He had a small part in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 war adventure "Inglourious Basterds" and a role in the 2011 British teen romance "Chalet Girl." He also starred as the lead in the American indie romance "My Last Day Without You" as a German businessman who falls in love with a New Yorker while in the city for work.