Biography

Jürgen Prochnow is a German actor. His most well-known roles internationally have been as the sympathetic submarine captain in Das Boot (1981), Duke Leto Atreides I in Dune (1984), the minor, but important role of Kazakh dictator General Ivan Radek in Air Force One and the antagonist Maxwell Dent in Beverly Hills Cop II.

Prochnow was born in Berlin and brought up in Düsseldorf, the son of an engineer. He has an elder brother, Dieter. He studied acting at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Thanks to his on-screen intensity and his fluency in English, he has become one of the most successful German actors in Hollywood. He portrayed Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film about the actor's political career in California, entitled See Arnold Run; coincidentally, Prochnow was one of the actors considered for the title role in The Terminator. He also appears as the main antagonist in the Broken Lizard film Beerfest, which contains a submarine scene that references his role in Das Boot. He also played a supporting character in the Wing Commander film, Cmdr. Paul Gerald. In addition, he dubbed Sylvester Stallone's voice in the German version of Rocky and Rocky II.

He was facially scarred following a stunt accident during the filming of Dune. One scene called for Prochnow (as Duke Leto) to be strapped to a black stretcher and drugged. During one take, a high-powered bulb positioned above Prochnow exploded due to heat, raining down molten glass. Remarkably, the actor was able to free himself from the stretcher, moments before glass fused itself to the place he had been strapped. During the filming of the dream sequence, he had a special apparatus attached to his face so that green smoke (simulating poison gas) would emerge from his cheek when the Baron (Kenneth McMillan) scratched it. Although thoroughly tested, the smoke gave Prochnow first and second-degree burns on his cheek. This sequence appears on film in the released version.

In 1996, he was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.

Prochnow was married in the 1970s, and had a daughter Johanna, who died in 1987. He married Isabel Goslar in 1982, with whom he has two children: a daughter Mona, and son Roman. They divorced in 1997. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Munich. He was involved with Birgit Stein, a German screenwriter and actress. He received American citizenship in 2003.

Jürgen Prochnow is a German actor. His most well-known roles internationally have been as the sympathetic submarine captain in Das Boot (1981), Duke Leto Atreides I in Dune (1984), the minor, but important role of Kazakh dictator General Ivan Radek in Air Force One and the antagonist Maxwell Dent in Beverly Hills Cop II.

Prochnow was born in Berlin and brought up in Düsseldorf, the son of an engineer. He has an elder brother, Dieter. He studied acting at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Thanks to his on-screen intensity and his fluency in English, he has become one of the most successful German actors in Hollywood. He portrayed Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film about the actor's political career in California, entitled See Arnold Run; coincidentally, Prochnow was one of the actors considered for the title role in The Terminator. He also appears as the main antagonist in the Broken Lizard film Beerfest, which contains a submarine scene that references his role in Das Boot. He also played a supporting character in the Wing Commander film, Cmdr. Paul Gerald. In addition, he dubbed Sylvester Stallone's voice in the German version of Rocky and Rocky II.

He was facially scarred following a stunt accident during the filming of Dune. One scene called for Prochnow (as Duke Leto) to be strapped to a black stretcher and drugged. During one take, a high-powered bulb positioned above Prochnow exploded due to heat, raining down molten glass. Remarkably, the actor was able to free himself from the stretcher, moments before glass fused itself to the place he had been strapped. During the filming of the dream sequence, he had a special apparatus attached to his face so that green smoke (simulating poison gas) would emerge from his cheek when the Baron (Kenneth McMillan) scratched it. Although thoroughly tested, the smoke gave Prochnow first and second-degree burns on his cheek. This sequence appears on film in the released version.

In 1996, he was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.

Prochnow was married in the 1970s, and had a daughter Johanna, who died in 1987. He married Isabel Goslar in 1982, with whom he has two children: a daughter Mona, and son Roman. They divorced in 1997. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Munich. He was involved with Birgit Stein, a German screenwriter and actress. He received American citizenship in 2003.

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Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 107

Birthday 1941-06-10

Place of Birth Berlin, Germany

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Radegund as Major Schlegel
2018 The Guardian Angel as Albert Klosser
2017 Dengler - Die schützende Hand as Dr. Schweikert
2017 Leanders letzte Reise as Eduard
2017 Damascus Cover as Franz Ludin
2017 Kundschafter des Friedens as Kern
2016 The Dark Side of the Moon as Pius Ott
2015 Remember as Rudy Kurlander #4
2015 Hitman: Agent 47 as Tobias
2013 Die Kinder meiner Tochter as Ernst Blessing
2013 Ohne Gnade as Helmutchen
2013 Company of Heroes as Luca Gruenewald
2013 Ein schmaler Grat as Uwe Wolfmann
2012 Die Schuld der Erben as Kurt Hanson
2011 Amigo – Bei Ankunft Tod as Fredo Kovacs
2010 Sinners and Saints as Mr. Rhykin
2010 Spear of Destiny as Baron Von Haan
2009 Oko ve zdi
2008 Merlin and the War of the Dragons as The Mage
2008 La conjura de El Escorial as Espinosa
2007 Ohne einander as Ernest
2007 Primeval as Jacob Krieg
2006 Schröders wunderbare Welt as John Gregory
2006 Beerfest as Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen
2006 The Da Vinci Code as André Vernet
2006 Chain Reaction as Police Man
2005 Rilke Projekt: Zwischen Tag Und Traum (Live 2005) as Jürgen Prochnow
2005 See Arnold Run as Arnold Schwarzenegger
2004 Julie, chevalier de Maupin
2003 The Poet as Vashon
2003 Baltic Storm as Erik Westermark
2003 House of the Dead as Kirk
2003 Nachtschicht(1 episode) as Friedrich Otto Winterstein
2002 Davon stirbt man nicht as Everett Burns
2002 Heart of America as Harold Lewis
2001 Dark Asylum as Dr. Fallon
2001 Gunblast Vodka as Sacha Roublev
2001 Ripper: Letter from Hell as Detective Kelso
2001 The Elite as Avi
2001 Last Run as Andrus Bukarin
2001 Tease as Carl Krieger
2000 Final Ascent as Paul
2000 The Last Stop as fritz
2000 Padre Pio: Miracle Man(2 episodes) as Visitatore
2000 Padre Pio as Visitatore
2000 Poison as Carl Krieger
1999 Die Millennium-Katastrophe - Computer-Crash 2000 as Hans Hagemann
1999 Heaven's Fire as Quentin Darby
1999 Der blonde Affe as Jan Vleuten
1999 Esther as Haman
1999 Wing Commander as Cdr. Paul Gerald
1999 The Directors(1 episode)
1998 Human Bomb as Gerhardt Dach
1998 The Replacement Killers as Michael Kogan
1997 Air Force One as General Ivan Radek
1997 DNA as Dr. Carl Wessinger
1997 Der Schrei der Liebe as Holger
1996 The English Patient as Major Muller
1996 On Dangerous Ground as Carl Morgan
1996 Princess Alisea as Kurdok
1995 Fesseln as Günther
1995 Tödliche Wahl as Alex Bronner
1995 Judge Dredd as Judge Griffin
1994 In the Mouth of Madness as Sutter Cane
1994 Guns of Honor as Jack Neumann
1994 Trigger Fast as Jack Neumann
1994 Lie Down with Lions as Marteau
1993 Der Fall Lucona as Jorunalist Strasser
1993 The Fire Next Time(2 episodes) as Larry Richter
1993 Body of Evidence as Dr. Alan Paley
1992 Jewels(5 episodes) as Joachim von Mannheim
1992 Interceptor as Phillips
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Woodsman
1992 Hurricane Smith as Charlie Dowd
1991 The Man Inside as Günter Wallraff
1991 Robin Hood as Sir Miles Folcanet
1990 Kill Cruise as The Skipper
1990 The Fourth War as Col. Valachev
1989 A Dry White Season as Captain Stolz
1988 The Seventh Sign as David Bannon
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II as Maxwell Dent
1987 Devil's Paradise as Escher
1987 Terminus as Sir / Doctor / Yellow Truck's Driver
1986 Killing Cars as Ralph Korda
1985 Murder: By Reason of Insanity as Adam Berwid
1985 The Cop & the Girl as Der Bulle
1985 The Boat(6 episodes) as Kommandant („Der Alte“)
1984 Dune as Duke Leto Atreides
1983 The Keep as Captain Klaus Woermann
1983 Love is Forever as General Siegfried Kaplan
1982 Krieg und Frieden
1981 Das Boot as Kapitän-Leutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock
1981 A case for two(1 episode) as KHK Max Gerber
1981 Wanna bet, that..?(1 episode)
1979 Kotte as Günther Kotte
1977 The Consequence as Martin Kurath
1977 Operation Ganymed as Oss
1976 Schaurige Geschichten(1 episode) as Piet
1976 Shirins Wedding as Aida
1975 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum as Ludwig Götten
1974 One or the Other of Us as Bernd Ziegenhals
1974 The Brutalization Of Franz Baum as Franz Blum
1973 Tenderness of the Wolves as Hehler
1972 Auf Befehl erschossen as Franz Sass
1972 Zoff as Joky
1971 The Merchant of Four Seasons as weiterer Stammtisch-Bruder
1970 Scene of the Crime(1 episode) as Hans Rodenburg
1970 Scene of the Crime(1 episode) as Kesting
1970 Scene of the Crime(1 episode) as Klaus Linder
1970 Scene of the Crime(1 episode) as Dieter Brodschella

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