Jürgen Prochnow

10 Jun 1941


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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Filmography (57 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···A Hidden Life
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Major Schlegel)
(movie, 2018)
···Damascus Cover
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Franz Ludin)
(movie, 2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Rudy Kurlander #4)
(movie, 2015)
···Hitman: Agent 47
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Tobias)
(movie, 2013)
···Company of Heroes
Genre: War
Role: Actor (as Luca Gruenewald)
(movie, 2010)
···Sinners and Saints
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mr. Rhykin)
Genre: Adventure, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Baron Von Haan)
(movie, 2010)
···Amigo - Bei Ankunft Tod
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Fredo Kovacs)
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor (as The Mage)
(movie, 2008)
···La conjura de El Escorial
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Espinosa)
(movie, 2007)
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Jacob Krieg)
(movie, 2006)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen)
(movie, 2006)
···The Da Vinci Code
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as André Vernet)
(movie, 2004)
···Julie, chevalier de Maupin
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Baron de Hengen)
(movie, 2003)
···House of the Dead
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kirk)
(movie, 2003)
···The Poet
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Vashon)
(movie, 2002)
···Heart of America
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harold Lewis)
(movie, 2001)
···Dark Asylum
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Fallon)
(movie, 2000)
···Final Ascent
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul)
(movie, 2000)
···Padre Pio
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Visitatore)
(movie, 2000)
···The Last Stop
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Fritz)
(movie, 1999)
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Haman)
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hans Hagemann)
(movie, 1998)
···The Replacement Killers
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Michael Kogan)
(movie, 1998)
···Human Bomb
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gerhardt Dach)
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Paul Konen)
(movie, 1997)
···Air Force One
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as General Ivan Radek)
(movie, 1997)
···Der Schrei der Liebe
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Holger)
(movie, 1996)
···The English Patient
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Major Muller)
(movie, 1996)
···On Dangerous Ground
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carl Morgan)
(movie, 1995)
···Judge Dredd
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Judge Griffin)
(movie, 1994)
···In the Mouth of Madness
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sutter Cane)
(movie, 1993)
···Body of Evidence
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. Alan Paley)
(movie, 1993)
···The Fire Next Time
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Larry Richter)
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Duke)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Woodsman)
(movie, 1992)
···Hurricane Smith
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Charlie Dowd)
(movie, 1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Joachim von Mannheim)
(movie, 1991)
···Robin Hood
Genre: Drama, Action, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sir Miles Folcanet)
(movie, 1990)
···Der Skipper
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as The Skipper)
(movie, 1990)
···The Fourth War
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Col. Valachev)
(movie, 1990)
···The Man Inside
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gunter Wallraff)
(movie, 1989)
···A Dry White Season
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Captain Stolz (as Jurgen Prochnow))
(movie, 1988)
···The Seventh Sign
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as David Bannon)
(movie, 1987)
···Beverly Hills Cop II
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Maxwell Dent)
(movie, 1987)
···Des Teufels Paradies
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Escher)
(movie, 1986)
···Killing Cars
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ralph Korda)
(movie, 1985)
···Das Boot
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Kapitän-Leutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
(movie, 1985)
···Der Bulle & das Mädchen
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as The Cop)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Adam Berwid)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Duke Leto Atreides)
(movie, 1983)
···The Keep
Genre: Drama, Horror, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Captain Klaus Woermann)
(movie, 1983)
···Love Is Forever
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure
Role: Actor (as General Siegfried Kaplan)
(movie, 1981)
···Das Boot
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Kapitän-Leutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
(movie, 1977)
···Operation Ganymed
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Oss)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Ludwig Götten)
(movie, 1974)
···Die Verrohung des Franz Blum
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Franz Blum)