Christian Berkel

Christian Berkel

Highest Rated: 91% Elle (2016)

Lowest Rated: 22% The Serpent's Egg (1978)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1957

Birthplace: Not Available

German character actor Christian Berkel excelled at portrayals of aggressive, ominous figures time and again, an ability accentuated by his bald head and gaunt, slightly menacing countenance. These qualities made him particularly effective in portrayals of military personnel, police, Gestapo officers, and other similar figures, though these did not limit him. A native of Berlin, Berkel studied at the German Film and Television Academy in his hometown, and debuted onscreen in the late '70s, landing one of his first major roles in the legendary Ingmar Bergman's poorly received drama The Serpent's Egg (as a student in 1920s Germany during the Nazi regime). Over the following 25 years, Berkel maintained a prolific output in countless German productions, such as the 1989 miniseries Der Bastard, the small-screen series Derrick (in the early '90s), and the feature Vater und Tochter (2000). Three major roles in subsequent years helped Berkel begin to break through to international acclaim: that of a prisoner subjected to a hellish psychological experiment in the thriller Das Experiment (2001), the heinous Nazi medical torturer Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck in the Hitler biopic Downfall/Die Untergang (2004) (both films with director Oliver Hirschbiegel), and a turn as Nazi officer Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim in the Tom Cruise-produced World War II thriller Valkyrie.


Highest Rated Movies



91% Elle Robert $2.4M 2016
74% Trumbo Otto Preminger 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Udo $38.2M 2015
25% Anti-Social Actor 2015
No Score Yet Den Teufel am Hintern geküßt Actor 2012
No Score Yet Sweet Little Sixteen Actor 2012
No Score Yet Leningrad (Attack on Leningrad) Actor 2011
89% Inglourious Basterds Proprietor Eric $120.6M 2009
62% Valkyrie Col. Mertz von Quirnheim $83M 2008
No Score Yet Mogadischu Actor 2008
86% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) Hoffmann 2008
75% Black Book General Kautner $4.4M 2007
38% Guys and Balls Rudolf 2006
No Score Yet The Other Boy (Der Andere Junge) Actor 2006
37% Flightplan Mortuary Director $89.7M 2005
90% Downfall (Der Untergang) Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck $5.5M 2004
No Score Yet Soundless (Lautlos) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Soundless Actor 2004
75% Laissez-passer Dr. Greven 2002
72% Das Experiment (The Experiment) Steinhoff Prisoner No. 77 2001
22% The Serpent's Egg Student 1978
No Score Yet Der Mädchenkrieg (Maiden's War) Karol Djudko 1977


No Score Yet Criminal: Germany
No Score Yet Beat
Richard Diemer 2018


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