Jürgen Prochnow

Jürgen Prochnow

  • Born on
    • June 10th, 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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Acting (53 Credits)

2019A Hidden Life as Major Schlegel
2019A Hidden Life as Major Schlegel
2019A Hidden Life as Major Schlegel
2017Kundschafter des Friedens as Kern
2017Damascus Cover as Franz Ludin
2015The Dark Side of the Moon as Pius Ott
2015Remember as Rudy Kurlander #4
2015Hitman: Agent 47 as Tobias
2014Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces as Woodsman
2013Company of Heroes as Luca Gruenewald
2010Sinners and Saints as Mr. Rhykin
2008Merlin and the War of the Dragons as The Mage
2007Primeval as Jacob Krieg
2006The Da Vinci Code as André Vernet
2006Beerfest as Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen
2006Chain Reaction as Police Man
2006The Celestine Prophecy as Jensen
2003Baltic Storm as Erik Westermark
2003House of the Dead as Kirk
2002Heart of America as Harold Lewis
2001Last Run as Andrus Bukarin
2001The Elite as Avi
2001Dark Asylum as Dr. Fallon
2001Ripper as Detective Kelso
2000The Last Stop as Fritz
2000Padre Pio: Miracle Man as Visitatore
1999Esther as Haman
1999Wing Commander as Cdr. Paul Gerald
1998The Replacement Killers as Michael Kogan
1997Air Force One as General Ivan Radek
1996DNA as Dr. Carl Wessinger
1996The English Patient as Major Muller
1995Judge Dredd as Judge Griffin
1994Trigger Fast as Jack Neumann
1994In the Mouth of Madness as Sutter Cane
1992Interceptor as Phillips
1992Body of Evidence as Dr. Alan Paley
1992Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Woodsman
1992Danielle Steel's Jewels as Joachim von Mannheim
1991Robin Hood as Sir Miles Folcanet
1990Kill Cruise as The Skipper
1990The Fourth War as Col. Valachev
1989A Dry White Season as Captain Stolz
1988The Seventh Sign as David Bannon
1987Beverly Hills Cop II as Maxwell Dent
1985Das Boot as Kommandant („Der Alte“)
1984Dune as Duke Leto Atreides
1983The Keep as Captain Klaus Woermann
1981Das Boot as Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, "Der Alte"
1977The Consequence as Martin Kurath
1975The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum as Ludwig Götten
1973Tenderness of the Wolves as Hehler
1972The Merchant of Four Seasons as weiterer Stammtisch-Bruder


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