Thure Riefenstein, actor, Berlin
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About Thure Riefenstein

German-Serbian born Thure Riefenstein is an actor for stage, cinema and television. He has a list of worldwide credits, including films for Germany, USA, UK, Italy, France, Canada, Sweden, Russia, Morocco or the Czech Republic.

Throughout his career, Riefenstein has worked with the finest directors such as the Academy Winners Jan Sverák in Dark Blue World (2001) (The Dark blue world") or Steven Soderbergh in Behind the Candelabra (2013) with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Riefenstein starred opposite the Academy winner Timothy Hutton in Leverage (2008) or Academy nominees Armin Mueller-Stahl in Crociati (2001) or the Golden Globe winners Donald Sutherland and Greta Scacchi in Baltic Storm (2003). He further worked with Shane Black on Iron Man 3 (2013), even though the storyline where he was in did not make it into the final version of the film.

He is best known for his versatility in playing extreme Characters such as "Adolf Hitler" in Die Machtergreifung (2012) or trickster-villains in action movies such as Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit (2008), or as the dark tormented Circus character "Magnus" opposite John Rhys-Davies and Deborah Kara Unger in the feature Sophie & Sheba (2010). He is also known as the gentle hero in romantic-dramas or the quirky bird in black comedies like 666: In Bed with the Devil (2002). Riefenstein is a member of the "Deutsche Filmakademie", Germany's Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as a juror for the international Emmy Awards in 2007 - 2011.

His acclaimed work for TV includes the 'International Emmy Award' nominated French coat & dagger movie Julie, chevalier de Maupin (2004), where he starred with Marisa Berenson, Pierre Arditi and Gottfried John. Riefenstein was "Bambi" nominated as "Best Actor' in The German production The Night a Village Vanished (2009) which was also selected for the International Emmy Awards 2010. The TV series Kommissarin Lucas (2003), where he played Detective Stefan Deuter, received 2007 the Adolph Grimme Award nomination among others.

Training

Year 
2016 to 2017Actors Gang,Tim Robbins & Cynthia Ettinger
2016American Film Institute
2015Masterclass - Dustin Hoffmann
2013 to 2015Doug Warhit (LA)
2011Sam Christensen
1995Kristen Linklater (NY)
1994 to 1995ACI, Actors Center International (LA)

Awards

YearAward
2009Bambi Nominierung 2009 für Böseckendorf Die Nacht in der ein Dorf verschwand
2005Int. Emmy Award Nominierung für Julie chevalier de Maupin

Projects as actor

YearTitleGenreDirectorRole
2019U-235Feature FilmSven HuybrechtsKapitänleutnant Jäger [L]
2019Tatort - Unter Wölfen (WT)TV-Movie (Series), SWR [de]Thomas Bohnn.n. [L]
2019Über Land (Special) (WT)TV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Franz Xaver Bognern.n. [SR]
2018EneMeIndie Feature FilmJakob GisikChris [L]
201812 MonkeysTV Series, Syfy (vormals Sci Fi) [us]David GrossmanWaesch (Episode #4.6) [LE]
2017Die Spezialisten - Im Namen der OpferTV Series, ZDF [de]MultipleJuergen Zoch [LE]
2016The Man in the High CastleTV Series, Amazon VideoDaniel PercivalField-Marshall [LE]
2016X CompanyTV Series, CBC Television [ca]Stephanie MorgensternOberst-Gruppenfuehrer Koehler [SRE]
2016EneMeTeaser (Film Concept)Jakob GisikChris [L]
2016Letzte Spur BerlinTV Series, ZDF [de]Peter LadkaniMartin Ehnert [LE]
2016Die ChefinTV Series, ZDF [de]Florian KernHolger Buresch (F: Gottlos) [SS]
2015Kep BoyIndie Feature FilmGeorge BamberFarleigh Nok [L]
2015Der StaatsanwaltTV Series, ZDF [de]Martin Kinkeln.n. [LE]
2015Inga Lindström - FamilienbandeTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]John DelbridgePer [L]
2015SOKO Donau / SOKO WienTV Series, ORF [at], ZDF [de]MultiplePeter Willinger [LE]
2014The BrinkTV Series, HBO [us]Michael Lehmann [1]Hans Bixel [SRE]
2014Kreuzfahrt ins Glück - DubaiTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Stefan BartmannDieter Körner [L]
2014SOKO 5113TV Series, ZDF [de]Patrick WinczewskiEdmund Boll (F: Rattenfaenger) [LE]
2013The Old Gun (aka. The old Rifle) (WT)TV Movie (multi-part)Kirill BelevichSS-Obersturmführer Werner [L]
2013Cecelia Ahern - Zwischen Himmel und hierTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Michael KarenRainer [SR]

Theatre engagements

YearProduction nameRoleDirectorTheatre
1997ParzivalParzivalAxel SchneiderAltonaer Theater Hamburg
1993Shakespears PeriklesdiversePeter PalitzschBrerliner Ensemble
1992 - 1993Der Blaue EngelKapusta, Schueler, u.aPeter Zadeck, Jerome SavaryTheater d. Westens, Schauspielhaus Hamburg
1991Der Blaue BollDer FleischfressendeLangeherStaedt. Buehnen Muenster
1991Die ZofenSolangeJason Mc Donald BuzzasNew York Off Broadway, Berkshires Theaterfestival
1990Liebe Jelena SergejewnaSaschaVlad MugurStaedt. Buehnen Muenster
1990Linie 1Bambi BambuleWolfgang HuebschStaedt. Buehnen Muenster
1990Der LuegnerLelioVlad MugurStaedt. Buehnen Muenster
1989Galileo GalileiAndreaLangeherStaedt. Buehnen Muenster
1989MephistoLorenzAchim ThorwaldStaedt. Buehnen Muenster

Basic data

Height179 cm
Weight75 kg - 165 lb.
Body typeathletic-sporty
Clothing size48-50
Ethnic appearanceWhite Central European
Hair colourblond
Hair lengthmedium
Eye colourblue
NationalityGerman
LanguagesEnglish (Native speaker), French (Good), Spanish (Basic knowledge)
DialectsAmerican (Standard), Austrian, Bavarian, Berliners, British (Standard), Hamburgisch, Indian-English, Swabian, Zurich-German
Voice typeBaritone
SingingSchlager (Good)
Instrumentspiano (Basic knowledge)
Skills (sports)fencing (stage) (Good), horseback riding (Good), karate (Good), mountain bike (Good), sailing (Good), shooting (archery) (Good), swordplay (Good), underwater scuba-diving (Good), weightlifting (Good), yoga (Good)
Experience abroadAustralia and Oceania: New Zealand
Central America: Grenada
Middle East: United Arab Emirates
North Africa: Morocco
North America: Canada, USA
Northern Europe: Sweden
Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia
Southern Europe: Italy, Spain, Turkey
Southeast Asia: Thailand
Western Europe: Austria, France, Great Britain, Ireland
LicencesA (motorcycle) [eu], B (car) [eu], C1E (truck (C1) + trailer <= 12t) [eu], diving licence - PADI Rescue Diver [int], Greencard USA [us], Motorboat Certificate Sea [de]
Immediate working areaBerlin
1st residence (federal state or country)not specified
Accommodation possibilitiesBerlin, Los Angeles