Tom Schilling

Tom Schilling

Darsteller, Kamera, Sonstiges, Produzent
*10.02.1982 Berlin

Biography

Tom Schilling, born February 10, 1982, in East Berlin, became an actor by chance when director Thomas Heise of Berliner Ensemble met the then 12-year old Schilling on his school yard and asked him to take part in Heise’s production of the play "Im Schlagschatten des Mondes". During the following four years, Schilling appeared in Werner Schroeter's production of "Monsieur Verdoux", and other production at Berliner Ensemble.

In 1999, Schilling moved into the spotlight in the TV movie "Kinder der Gewalt", an episode of the "Tatort" crime series. In the same year, Schilling also made his film debut in the thriller "Schlaraffenland" ("Paradise Mall"). Unfortunately, the film was not too well received by critics and movie goers alike. But still in 1999, Schilling made his breakthrough performance in the leading role of Hans Christian Schmid's successful film "Crazy". In it, Schilling portrayed a pupil of a boarding school who at first comes across as a big show-off but more and more reveals a deep vulnerability. Schilling won the award of "Best young actor" at the Bavarian film awards for this performance.

In his following films, Schilling again portrayed sensitive and insecure characters that are searching for their place in life and society and in doing so follow unorthodox paths. Schilling, for instance, played a bank clerk who turns to managing musicians in "Verschwende Deine Jugend" ("Play It Loud!"); a pubescent politician"s son in Oskar Roehler's "Agnes und seine Brüder" ("Agnes and His Brothers"); the aesthetic son of a fanatic Nazi in "Napola" ("Before The Fall"); or a police cadet who wants to become a sex film director in late 1960s Munich in Marc Rothemund's comedy "Pornorama".

In the same year he played the gay first-aid attendant Krischl in Leander Haußmann's "Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken", followed by the title role in Haußmann's next film: In "Robert Zimmermann wundert sich über die Liebe" ("Robert Zimmermann Is Tangled Up In Love") he played a hip video game designer whose live is messed up as he falls in love with a single mother.

At the end of 2008 Tom Schilling came to the cinema with the tragicomical road movie "Neben der Spur" ("Tour Excess") that was already shot in 2005. In the same year he appeared in a supporting role in the RAF-drama "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex".

Following several appearances in TV-series such as "Bloch", "Tatort" and "Polizeiruf 110", Schilling met a great challenge with the leading part in Urs Odermatt's adaptation of George Tabori's play "Mein Kampf": Alongside Götz George he embodied the young Adolf Hitler in the film that was released 2011.

He got rave reviews for his lead performance in the existentialist tragic comedy "Oh Boy": Schilling plays a university dropout, who seemingly drifts aimlessly through life until his wealthy father cuts him off financially. Schilling's portrayal of Niko won him the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Oldenburg Film Festival. At the end of 2012, he appeared in the role of Price Otto of Bavaria in "Ludwig II".

In a TV adaptation of Büchner's famous drama "Woyzeck" (2012), Schilling impressed audiences and critics alike with his performance as the tormented title character. Following the two-part TV movie "Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga" (2013), he appeared in the comedy "Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee" (2013) before starring as a reluctant German soldier in WWII in the immensely popular TV miniseries "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" (2013).

Schilling again proved his uncanny knack for portraying sensitive outsiders in the thriller "Who am I – Kein System ist sicher" (2014), in which he plays a brilliant but lonely hacker who is hunted by intelligence agencies.

The same year, he appeared in the ensemble comedy "Posthumous" (US/DE 2014). After supporting roles in the international co-productions In "Suite Française" ("Suite Française – Melodie der Liebe", GB/FR/CN/BE 2014) and "Woman in Gold" ("Die Frau in Gold", GB 2015), Schilling became the lead of Oskar Roehler's "Tod den Hippies!! Es lebe der Punk" (2015), playing a young punk in 1980s West-Berlin. He next got rave reviews for his portrayal of an undercover cop in the made-for-TV thriller "Auf kurze Distanz" (2016, TV). He again played a police officer in Züli Aladağ's "Die Opfer - Vergesst mich nicht" (2016, TV), a part of the trilogy "Mitten in Deutschland: NSU".

In the summer of 2016, Tom Schilling began work on director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Werk ohne Autor", a drama inspired by the life of artist Gerhard Richter.

Filmography

2016/2017 Werk ohne Autor
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die Opfer - Vergesst mich nicht
Cast
 
2015/2016 Auf kurze Distanz
Cast
 
2015-2017 Der gleiche Himmel
Cast
 
2014/2015 Tod den Hippies!! Es lebe der Punk
Cast
 
2013/2014 Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher
Cast
 
2012/2013 Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee
Cast, Associate producer
 
2012-2014 Posthumous
Cast
 
2012 Woyzeck
Cast
 
2011/2012 Ludwig II.
Cast
 
2011/2012 Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
Cast
 
2010/2011 Auskreuzung
Cast
 
2010/2011 Die verlorene Tochter
Cast
 
2010-2012 Oh Boy
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das Leben ist zu lang
Cast
 
2008/2009 Mein Kampf
Cast
 
2008-2010 Zarte Parasiten
Cast
 
2007/2008 Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Cast
 
2007/2008 Robert Zimmermann wundert sich über die Liebe
Cast
 
2007/2008 Der frühe Abschied
Cast
 
2007 Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken
Cast
 
2006/2007 Pornorama oder Die Bekenntnisse der mannstollen Näherin Rita Brauchts
Cast
 
2005/2006 Schwarze Schafe
Cast
 
2005/2006 Einfache Leute
Cast
 
2005/2006 Elementarteilchen
Cast
 
2005/2006 Wigald
Cast
 
2005-2007 Neben der Spur
Cast
 
2004/2005 Wo ist Max Gravert?
Cast
 
2004/2005 Die letzte Schlacht
Cast
 
2004-2006 Joy Division
Cast
 
2004 Agnes und seine Brüder
Cast
 
2003/2004 Egoshooter
Cast, Director of photography
 
2003/2004 Napola
Cast
 
2002/2003 Verschwende deine Jugend
Cast
 
2002/2003 Schlüsselkinder
Cast
 
2002 Fetisch
Cast
 
2002 Weichei
Cast
 
2001/2002 Herz im Kopf
Cast
 
2001 Mehmet
Cast
 
1999/2000 Crazy
Cast
 
1999/2000 Der Himmel kann warten
Cast
 
1999 Kinder der Gewalt
Cast
 
1998/1999 Schlaraffenland
Cast
 
1969 Cinderella
Choreographer