Volker Bruch Biography
Volker Bruch is a German actor born on 9th March 1980 in Munich, Germany. He is popularly known for his leading roles as Wilhelm Winter in the television drama Generation War in 2013 and as Inspector Gereon Rath in the TV series Babylon Berlin (2017).
He graduated from high school in Munich and later joined Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria where he studied performing arts. Among his other acting roles he has appeared in: The Reader, Female Agents, The Baader Meinhof Complex as Stefan Aust and The Red Baron as Oberleutnant Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen, all 2008 productions as well as Young Goethe in Love (2010) and Nanga Parbat (2010).
Volker Bruch Age
Volker was born on 9th March 1980 in Munich, Germany. He is 38 years old as of 2018.
Volker Bruch Siblings
The Babylon Berlin actor has five siblings and nothing mush is known about his parents. He also lives in Munich.
Volker Bruch Miriam Stein | Partner
In 2009, he began dating Miriam Stein, who is an Austrian-Swiss 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 the character of Charlotte, who is secretly in love with Wilhelm.
Volker Bruch Career
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.
In the film Babylon Berlin, Bruch plays the role of Gereon Rath, a haunted and drug-addicted young police commissioner in the 1920s Berlin. He is investigating a pornography ring that is blackmailing prominent public figures. The film is a €40 million ($49.7 million) production and 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.
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Volker Bruch Height
Volker is 1.73 m (5 ft 6 in) tall.
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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