Tilman ‘Til’ Valentin Schweiger was born on December 19, 1963 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Berlin, Germany. Til went on to attend University, where he studied German and Medicine. He became involved in acting during this time and decided to give up the University for Der Keller Drama School in 1986. After graduation in 1989 he appeared at several theaters in Cologne and Bonn.
Schweiger first appeared as a film actor in 1991 in “Manta, Manta” (1991). Supported by his mentor, Germanys biggest film producer Bernd Eichinger, he had his breakthrough role in “Maybe... Maybe Not” (1994). Following this role, Schweiger developed quite a fan base and his film career continued with large roles in several successful German movies. Til turned down the role of the German soldier, who shoots Tom Hanks's character (Captain John H. Miller) in Saving Private Ryan (1998) because he had reservations about the role's effect on his image on American audiences. He received much attention for his appearance as the legendary Hugo Stieglitz in Quentin Tarantinos “Inglourious Basterds” (2009).
He continues to be very active appearing in the German TV series ‘Tatort’ [2013- ] and runs his own production company Barefoot Films in Berlin.
Schweiger has appeared in only one Euro-western so far in his career playing Lucky Luke in the 2004 French film “The Daltons”.
Today we celebrate Til Schweiger’s 50th birthday.