Justus von Dohnányi

Justus von Dohnányi

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*02.12.1960 Lübeck

Biography

Justus von Dohnányi, born December 2, 1960, as the son of conductor Christoph von Dohnányi, took actor"s training at Hochschule für darstellende Künste in Hamburg. From 1985 on, he performed at Frankfurt's Schauspielhaus and became a cast member of Hamburg's Thalia Theater in 1998. From 1993 on, von Dohnányi also appeared in numerous TV productions. He made his movie debut in 1999 in the US remake of "Jakob der Lügner" ("Jakob the Liar").

Since then, he most often appeared in ambivalent parts as a person of authority or as a careerist. Dohnányi starred as Captain Nikoli in the James Bond film "The World is not enough" (1999), as a brutal prison officer in "Das Experiment" ("The Experiment", 2001), a role that won him the German film award as "Best supporting actor", as a manager in the thriller "Blueprint" (2003), as a Nazi general in "Der Untergang" ("Downfall", 2004), or as a the head of a Nazi district in "Napola" ("Before the Fall", 2004). In 2007, Justus von Dohnányi made his debut as a director with the comedy "Bis zum Ellenbogen". But Dohnányi not only directed and produced the film, but also wrote the screen play and played a key supporting role.

Dohnanyi returned to acting in the following years, often proving his knack for portraying unsavoury characters, including a turn as an aggressive mobster in "Hardcover" or as a scheming fortune hunter in "Die Buddenbrooks". In television, he appeared as a cook in "Es liegt mir auf der Zunge" and as the first husband of Heike Makatsch's character in "Dr. Hope – Eine Frau gibt nicht auf". His next big screen role was the part of actor Veit Harlan in Oskar Roehler's controversial "Jud Süss – Film ohne Gewissen". In 2010, he won the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as an endearingly delusional singer  in the comedy "Männerherzen". The same year, he joined the ensemble of Dani Levy's "Das Leben ist zu lang" (2010), and went on to play a conservative businessman in the historical sports drama "Der ganz große Traum" (2011).  In the sequel "Männerherzen... und die ganz ganz große Liebe", Dohnanyi reprised his award-winning role.

He then played a mean zoo director hunting for a cuddly snow creature in the childrens' film "Yoko". In "Ruhm" ("Glory: A tale of mistaken identities", 2012), an adaptation of Daniel Kehlmann's eponymous novel, Dohnányi appears as an engineer who starts receiving phone calls from total strangers on his new cell phone.

Filmography

2014 Frau Müller muss weg
Cast
 
2014 Hilfe, ich hab meine Lehrerin geschrumpft
Cast
 
2013/2014 Monuments Men - Ungewöhnliche Helden
Cast
 
2013/2014 Desaster
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2012/2013 Schwindelfrei
Director, Screenplay
 
2012/2013 Tod an der Ostsee
Cast
 
2012/2013 Hanni & Nanni 3
Cast
 
2011/2012 Ludwig II.
Cast
 
2011 Das Dorf
Director
 
2010/2011 Ruhm
Cast
 
2010/2011 Männerherzen...und die ganz ganz große Liebe
Cast
 
2010/2011 Eine bessere Welt
Cast
 
2010/2011 Der ganz große Traum
Cast
 
2010/2011 Yoko
Cast
 
2010-2012 Oh Boy
Cast
 
2010 Laufen und Schießen
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das Leben ist zu lang
Cast
 
2009/2010 Der Fluch der Mumie
Cast
 
2009/2010 Jud Süß - Film ohne Gewissen
Cast
 
2009-2011 Hindenburg
Cast
 
2009 Es liegt mir auf der Zunge
Cast
 
2008/2009 Männerherzen
Cast
 
2008-2010 Der große Kater
Cast
 
2008 1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde
Cast
 
2008 Blinder Glaube
Cast
 
2008 Dr. Hope - Eine Frau gibt nicht auf
Cast
 
2007/2008 Buddenbrooks
Cast
 
2007/2008 Hardcover
Cast
 
2007 Ein spätes Mädchen
Cast
 
2006/2007 Eine gute Mutter
Cast
 
2006/2007 Bis zum Ellenbogen
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2006/2007 Fürchte dich nicht
Cast
 
2005/2006 Der Tote am Strand
Cast
 
2005/2006 Schuld und Rache
Cast
 
2005/2006 Vineta
Cast
 
2005/2006 Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt
Cast
 
2005-2007 GG 19
Cast
 
2005 Enigma - Eine uneingestandene Liebe
Cast
 
2004/2005 Wo ist Max Gravert?
Cast
 
2004/2005 Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe
Cast
 
2004 Tramper
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der Untergang
Cast
 
2003/2004 Napola
Cast
 
2003/2004 Hitlers letzte Tage. Der Film "Der Untergang"
Participation
 
2002/2003 Blueprint
Cast
 
2002/2003 September
Cast
 
2002 Operation Rubikon
Cast
 
2001/2002 Amen
Cast
 
2000/2001 Wambo
Cast
 
2000/2001 Das Experiment
Cast
 
1999/2000 Bonhoeffer - Die letzte Stufe
Cast
 
1999/2000 Blondine sucht Millionär fürs Leben
Cast
 
1999 James Bond 007 - Die Welt ist nicht genug
Cast
 
1998/1999 Jack's Baby
Cast
 
1998 Todfeinde - Die falsche Entscheidung
Cast
 

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