Ulrich Mühe

20 Jun 1953 - 22 Jul 2007


Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe (20 June 1953 – 22 July 2007) was a German film, television and theatre actor. He played the role of Hauptmann (Captain) Gerd Wiesler in the Oscar-winning film Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others, 2006), for which he received the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Gold, at Germany's most prestigious film awards, the Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Awards); and the Best Actor Award at the 2006 European Film Awards.

Curiously, events in Mühe's life were mirrored by the plot of the film, as he allegedly discovered in a Stasi file compiled on him that he had been under surveillance by his second wife, Jenny Gröllmann. Gröllmann denied this, and after an acrimonious and highly-publicized court case she succeeded in obtaining an injunction to prevent Mühe from repeating the allegation in a book.

After leaving school, Mühe was employed as a construction worker and a border guard at the Berlin Wall. He then turned to acting, and from the late 1970s into the 1980s appeared in numerous plays, becoming a star of the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin. He was active in politics and denounced Communist rule in East Germany in a memorable address at the Alexanderplatz demonstration on 4 November 1989 shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. After German reunification he continued to appear in a large number of films, television programmes and theatre productions. In Germany he was particularly known for playing the lead role of Dr. Robert Kolmaar in the long-running forensic crime series Der letzte Zeuge (The Last Witness, 1998–2007).


No photos.

Filmography (15 titles)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Prof. Adolf Israel Grünbaum)
(movie, 2006)
···Das Leben der Anderen
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gerd Wiesler)
(movie, 2006)
···Peer Gynt
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Der Knopfgiesser)
(movie, 2004)
···Hunger auf Leben
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Jochen Hensel)
(movie, 2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as SS-Arzt)
(movie, 2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Doctor)
(movie, 2001)
···Goebbels und Geduldig
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Harry Geduldig · Joseph Goebbels)
(movie, 1999)
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Dr. Leon Stein)
(movie, 1998)
···Sieben Monde
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Eschbach)
(movie, 1997)
···Funny Games
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Georg)
(movie, 1997)
···Das Schloß
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as K.)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Dr. Jochen Schuster)
(movie, 1993)
···Das letzte U-Boot
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Cmdr. Gerber)
(movie, 1992)
···Benny's Video
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Vater)
(movie, 1989)
···Das Spinnennetz
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Theodor Lohse)