Volker Bruch Biography
Volker Bruch is a German actor born on 9th March 1980 in Munich, Germany. He is popularly known for his eading roles as Wilhelm Winter in the television drama Generation War (2013) and as Inspector Gereon Rath in the TV series Babylon Berlin (2017).
He graduating from high school in Munich and later joined Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Austria where he studied performing arts.
Volker Bruch Age
- Volker was born on 9th March 1980 in Munich, Germany (38 years as at 2018)
Volker Bruch Height
- Volker is 1.73 metres tall/ 5ft 6inches
Volker Bruch Career
Volker Bruch first gained attention in Alain Gsponer’s award-winning family drama “Rose” and as a young murderer in Nils Willbrandt’s 2007 TV movie “Nichts ist vergessen.” He went on to star in Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s coming-of-age comedy “Good Times” and Nikolai Müllerschön’s 2008 “The Red Baron”; worked with Stephen Daldry in “The Reader”; and played a key role in Uli Edel’s terrorist drama “The Baader Meinhof Complex.” Bruch’s credits also include Joseph Vilsmaier’s mountaineering film “Nanga Parbat” and Philipp Stölzl’s 2010 period love story “Goethe!”
Volker is known for roles in: The Reader (2008), Female Agents (2008), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) as Stefan Aust, The Red Baron (2008) as Oberleutnant Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen, Young Goethe in Love (2010) and Nanga Parbat (2010). Bruch has five siblings and lives in Munich.Volker Bruch’s career has been on the rise for the past decade but it was his major role in “Babylon Berlin,” Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series, that cemented his status as one of the country’s leading stars. Bruch plays Gereon Rath, a haunted and drug-addicted young police commissioner in 1920s Berlin who is investigating a pornography ring that is blackmailing prominent public figures. The €40 million ($49.7 million) production has become the most-watched German series on Sky Deutschland and bested only by “Game of Thrones” among all shows.
Volker Bruch Babylon Berlin
Volker Bruch stars in Babylon Berlin as Gereon Rath, the vice detective loner who has simply been assigned to a new job after he moves to Berlin from Cologne, his hometown. Detective Rath suffers from PTSD and struggles with his morphine dependency. Bruch is paired with Peter Kurth as Bruno Wolter, and the two detectives must do their best to quell pornography and evil in the decadent Weimar Republic of 1929 Berlin.
Volker Bruch Miriam Stein
In 2009 he began dating Miriam Stein, who is an actress. They both had leading roles in the 2010 film Young Goethe in Love. They also had roles in Generation War; the 2013 mini-series about WWII which tells what happens to five friends and their differing journeys through the four years of the war. Volker narrates the story, portraying Wilhelm-the soldier who feels he is bound by honor to fight for his country. Miriam portrays Charlotte, who is secretly in love with Wilhelm.
Volker Bruch Movies and TV Shows
- 2018: The Giril in the Spider’s Web
- 2017: Babylon Berlin as Gereon Rath
- 2017: The Man with the Iron Heart by Schellenberg
- 2016: Ein Teil Von uns as Micki
- 2015: Suck Me Shakespeer 2 as Hauke Wölki
- 2015: Outside the Box as Frederick Schopner
- 2015: Das goldene Ufer as Walther Fichtner
- 2014: Tour de Force as Finn
- 2014: Beste Chance as Toni
- 2014: Die Pilgerin as Otfried Willinger
- 2004 – 2013: Tatort
- 2013: München Mord as Toni Bernlocher
- 2013: Generation War as Wilhelm Winter
- 2012: Confession of a Child of the Century as Henri Smith
- 2011: Treasure Guards as Luca
- 2011: Westwind as Nico
- 2010: Young Goethe in Love as Wilhelm Jerusalem
- 2010: Nanga Parbat as Gerd Bauer
- 2009: The Murder Farm as Johann Hauer
- 2008: The Reader as Dieter
- 2008: Einer bleibt sitzen (TV Movie) as Michel
- 2008: Machen wir’s auf Finnisch as Matti
- 2008: The Baader Meinhof Complex as Stefan Aust
- 2008: Little Paris as Stefan
- 2008: The Red Baron as Lothar von Richthofen
- 2008: Female Agents as Lieutenant Becker
- 2008: Beste Gegend as Toni
- 2007: Good Times as Priglmeier Toni
- 2007: Nichts ist vergessen as Olaf Stahmann
- 2007: Ein starkes Team as Tim König
- 2007: Der Staatsanwalt as Bastian Tressen
- 2006: Life Actually as Charles Spatz
- 2006: Der Untergang der Pamir as Bernd Russek
- 2005: Rose as Axi
- 2005: Hengstparade as Markus Lex
- 2005: Unter weissen Segeln as Florian
- 2005: SOKO Leipzig as Marco Hoss
- 2004: Die Verbrechen des Professor Capellari as Bernd Geissler
- 2004: Baal as Johannes
- 2004: Rex: A Cop’s Best Friend as Max König
- 2004: SOKO Kitzbühel as Julian Schweiger
- 2003: SK Kölsch as Bert Wunderlich
- 2002: Vater wider Willen as Sammy
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Volker Bruch
Volker Bruch stars in Babylon Berlin as Gereon Rath, the vice detective loner who has simply been assigned to a new job after he moves to Berlin from Cologne, his hometown. Detective Rath suffers from PTSD and struggles with his morphine dependency. Bruch is paired with Peter Kurth as Bruno Wolter, and the two detectives must do their best to quell pornography and evil in the decadent Weimar Republic of 1929 Berlin. The film noir style cinematography and atmosphere of Babylon Berlin is the perfect setting for two vice detectives investigating a pornography ring. There are plenty of story strands to keep the mystery and plenty of true-to-the-period circumstances that involve all the characters.
The TV series cost $40 million to produce, and it is Germany’s most expensive ever. It is not a Network Original Series, but it is fabulous. Much has been mentioned about Babylon Berlin’s similarity to other period series made in the UK and the US. The producers believed that it was time for Germany to create an artistic work that would capture the docudrama audiences, and they have. Americans could think of The Great Gatsby era, with all its parties and freedoms, and they would see the similarities between the two eras. In the Weimar era that existed in Germany between WWI and WWII, nobody could see that the Nazi regime would emerge.
Volker Bruch has brought his acting skills and sensibilities to this drama which richly deals with society, cause and effect, and amazing depths of intrigue. He’s a veteran of period dramas, and historically savvy. He’s also an actor whose career is definitely on the rise.
Volker’s interested in history; but not in terms of dates, years or names.
His greatest interest in history is when it is connected to a personal story of some kind. When he discovers the personal story of his character, then he will find that he is instantly connected to that person and the past. Though he’s played many characters in historic films, he did not consciously choose those roles because they were historic characters. He’s had roles in The Baader Meinhof Complex, Young Goethe in Love, The Reader, and the recent Babylon Berlin. He did interview with HeyUGuys and mentioned that he found it exciting to arrive on the film set in historic costumes, and to see “everything dressed up in the manner of that time”. He noted that having that experience is like traveling in time. He also mentioned that historic projects involve technical changes in external things, such as social graces, language and clothing. Developing a solid approach to working with these things, and with historic devices, requires spending time with them. He also depends on the professionals on set who help actors navigate historic customs, costumes and objects.
Volker’s partner is Miriam Stein.
Miriam lives in Munich, but she was born and grew up in Vienna. Her father is Swiss, and her mother is Austrian. Her grandfather, who was from Germany, survived the Holocaust. She and Volker have been partners since 2009. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire for one year, and she graduated from the University of Arts, Zurich. Volker and Miriam had leading roles in the 2010 film Young Goethe in Love. They also had roles in Generation War; the 2013 mini-series about WWII which tells what happens to five friends and their differing journeys through the four years of the war. Volker narrates the story, portraying Wilhelm-the soldier who feels he is bound by honor to fight for his country. Miriam portrays Charlotte, who is secretly in love with Wilhelm
Volker prepared for his role in Babylon Berlin by using his grandfather’s razor and dancing all the time.
He told Variety that he was first attracted to the role by the “something fantastic”, “completely mad” quality of the project. He said that he wanted to be a part of it, regardless of how that panned out. He said that the costume department personnel were attractive to him from the very beginning. He repeatedly took out his suits from his closet so that he would be reminded of how to move elegantly. He began dancing “as if it were a matter of life and death”. He also “revived” his grandfather’s razor. All these things helped him to immerse himself in the period of the drama.
Volker believes that German film successes are those created by individuals.
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In an interview with One News Page, he mentioned that German cinema is driven by the vision and creativity of the single director. He contrasted that to American movies which tend to emerge from large studios with enormous budgets. He noted directors Fatih Akin and Maren Ade as exemplars of visionary film directors who focus on personal vision. He also mentioned that movie premieres are hugely popular in European circles.
Volker says that he primarily works with his scripts to deeply develop his characters.
He believes that his scripts include all the details that he needs to create convincing characters. So, he spends large amounts of time pouring through them to glean information about the people he will portray. He depends on his scripts to give him the depth he needs, and for that reason, he internalizes as much of the information as thoroughly as possible.
Volker Bruch Interview
Interviewer: Mr. Bruch, “Babylon Berlin” is set in the 20s. Many associate this time with glamorous parties – but the series is also very dirty. Did that surprise you?
Volker Bruch: I was regularly impressed when I came to the set. That’s where these scripted locations suddenly became real. Uli Hanisch shows a fascinating cross section through all layers.
Interviewer: Are you someone who can do without luxury?
Volker Bruch: I think so. I also sometimes need to leave everything behind. This is a very relieving feeling of being independent of the things one has to deal with on a daily basis.
Interviewer: Are there moments when you would like to travel back?
Volker Bruch: The present gives me enough. I would probably be afraid to miss something in the present if I spend too much time in the past.
Interviewer: The cast of “Babylon Berlin” is huge. Are there colleagues with whom you would like to have stood in front of the camera, but it did not work out?
Volker Bruch: Yes, for example, Sebastian Urzendowsky or Lars Eidinger, I also had hardly any scenes with Leonie Benesch. But who knows what happens in more seasons …
Interviewer: What was your cooperation with Tom Tykwer?
Volker Bruch: That’s crazy, if you’ve been a big fan of someone for a long time. This was the case with all three directors, so I really wanted to work with them. And suddenly you sit with all three at a table and discuss the cooperation. Suddenly there is this attentive, friendly and loving interaction and you grow together in this work.
Interviewer: You have already worked with many successful German actors. Are you still nervous when you meet someone for the first time?
Volker Bruch: No matter how good someone is, everyone cooks only with water. And people who are really good are also relaxed on the set. You want the same thing: Make the scene as strong as possible. The right guys are not first-person shooters. I have never experienced that someone wanted to push longer into the picture, that is too short thought.
Interviewer: Is there someone you would like to work with?
Volker Bruch: I do not worry about that. I prefer to be surprised and then look forward to new encounters. That was the same with ‘Babylon Berlin’. When, for example, it became known that Matthias Brandt and Peter Kurth were playing, I was very happy.
Interviewer: Together with Liv Lisa Fries they stood together in front of the camera. How was that for you?
Volker Bruch: Liv is great, a great actress with a crazy directness and an incredible joy in playing. Our characters have very different rhythms and it has always been exciting what happens when they meet. That always had something unpredictable.
Interviewer: With Gereon Rath the cigarette rarely goes out. Do you have secret addictions?
Volker Bruch: I’m a non-smoker, I only smoke as a ‘Rath’ and then all the more. Otherwise, my addictions are boring or secret.
Interviewer: Since I have to briefly check, because you show a cigarette in a scene in “Babylon Berlin”. Gereon Rath makes a burning cigarette disappear in his mouth and brings it out burning again. How did that come about?
Volker Bruch: That was pretty funny. The script simply said ‘Rath does a trick’. We were looking for what that could be, also with the directors, and they said ‘just do something’. Peter Kurth showed me this trick the day before. I practiced it with a broken, not burning cigarette. The take in the series was actually the first time that the cigarette burned and also the only one that worked. The second time I burned myself and that’s it. We did not repeat the whole thing again, the sequence was in the box.
Source: Huffington post