Cast in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" a remake of the 1933 classic
Co-starred in the feature films In Enemy Hands with William H. Macy and Lauren Holly
Portrayed a Nazi officer in the drama Head in the Clouds, starring Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend
Had a recurring role on the FOX drama "24"
Earned international acclaim as Nazi officer, Wilm Hosenfeld in Roman Polasnki's Oscar-winning "The Pianist"
Again cast as a Nazi officer in "U-571," with Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel for director Jonathan Mostow
Appeared in the World War II epic "Stalingrad" as Nazi officer Hans von Witzland
Made his film debut in Der Mitwisser, which earned him Germany's prestigious Max Ophüls Prize as Best Up-and-Coming Actor
After three years of studying acting, he was invited to be a member of Schillertheatre, the national theatre of Berlin
Cast in Dario Argento's "The Stendahl Syndrome" (1996) and "Prince Valiant" (1997)
Began his acting career on stage in Germany in the late 1980s after training to be an Olympic swimmer
Aged 19 he began a month-long trek from East to West Germany to escape Communism, during which he lost part of his finger to frostbite.
Defected from East Germany to West Germany when he was 19