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Jürgen Prochnow

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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Jun 10, 1941 In Berlin, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Guardian Angel
Latest Project:
Movie A Hidden Life 2019-12-11
Known For
Poster of Hitman: Agent 47
Poster of Gunblast Vodka
Poster of The Cop & the Girl
Poster of One or the Other of Us
Movie A Hidden Life Major Schlegel 2019-12-11
Movie Damascus Cover Franz Ludin 2018-07-20
Movie Kundschafter des Friedens Kern 2017-01-26
Movie Leanders letzte Reise Eduard 2017-09-21
Movie Dengler - Die schützende Hand Dr. Schweikert 2017-11-07
Movie The Dark Side of the Moon Pius Ott 2016-01-14
Movie Hitman: Agent 47 Tobias 2015-08-20
Movie Remember Rudy Kurlander #4 2015-10-23
Movie Ein schmaler Grat Uwe Wolfmann 2013-01-22
Movie Die Kinder meiner Tochter Ernst Blessing 2013-05-04
Movie Company of Heroes Luca Gruenewald 2013-02-25
Movie Ohne Gnade Helmutchen 2013-05-02
Movie Die Schuld der Erben Kurt Hanson 2012-01-05
Movie Amigo – Bei Ankunft Tod Fredo Kovacs 2011-10-10
Movie Spear of Destiny Baron Von Haan 2010-04-01
Movie Sinners and Saints Mr. Rhykin 2010-06-30
Movie Orpailleur Joachim von Mannheim 2009-03-12
Movie Oko ve zdi 2009-12-03
Movie La conjura de El Escorial Espinosa 2008-09-05
Movie Merlin and the War of the Dragons The Mage 2008-11-25
Movie Primeval Jacob Krieg 2007-01-12
Movie Ohne einander Ernest 2007-03-19
Movie Chain Reaction Police Man 2006-01-01
Movie The Da Vinci Code André Vernet 2006-05-17
Movie The Celestine Prophecy Jensen 2006-06-01
Movie Schröders wunderbare Welt John Gregory 2006-11-17
Movie Beerfest Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen 2006-08-25
Movie Julie, chevalier de Maupin Le baron Hengen 2005-01-10
Movie Rilke Projekt: Zwischen Tag Und Traum (Live 2005) Jürgen Prochnow 2005-04-18
Movie See Arnold Run Arnold Schwarzenegger 2005-01-30
Series Nachtschicht Friedrich Otto Winterstein 2003-03-24
Movie House of the Dead Kirk 2003-04-11
Movie Baltic Storm Erik Westermark 2003-09-01
Movie The Poet Vashon 2003-11-20
Movie Heart of America Harold Lewis 2002-09-05
Movie Davon stirbt man nicht Everett Burns 2002-10-31
Movie Last Run Andrus Bukarin 2001-07-01
Movie The Elite Avi 2001-08-01
Movie Gunblast Vodka Sacha Roublev 2001-08-08
Movie Dark Asylum Dr. Fallon 2001-11-08
Movie Ripper: Letter from Hell Detective Kelso 2001-08-08
Movie Poison Carl Krieger 2000-04-04
Movie Padre Pio Visitatore 2000-04-17
Movie Final Ascent Paul 2000-11-05
Movie The Last Stop fritz 2000-05-16
Series The Directors Unknown 1999-01-01
Movie Esther Haman 1999-03-29
Movie Wing Commander Cdr. Paul Gerald 1999-03-11
Movie Der blonde Affe Jan Vleuten 1999-04-04
Movie Die Millennium-Katastrophe - Computer-Crash 2000 Hans Hagemann 1999-12-28
Movie Heaven's Fire Quentin Darby 1999-08-07
Movie The Replacement Killers Michael Kogan 1998-02-06
Movie From China with Love Paul Konen 1998-10-09
Movie Human Bomb Gerhardt Dach 1998-05-26
Movie The Cry Of Love Holger 1997-03-05
Movie DNA Dr. Carl Wessinger 1997-03-07
Movie Air Force One General Ivan Radek 1997-07-25
Movie Alisea and the Dream Prince Kurdok 1996-02-01
Movie On Dangerous Ground Carl Morgan 1996-05-13
Movie The English Patient Major Muller 1996-11-14
Movie Stallone's Law: The Making of 'Judge Dredd' Himself 1995-06-30
Movie Judge Dredd Judge Griffin 1995-06-30
Movie Fesseln Günther 1995-11-28
Movie Tödliche Wahl Alex Bronner 1995-11-20
Movie Lie Down with Lions Marteau 1994-06-12
Movie In the Mouth of Madness Sutter Cane 1994-06-18
Movie Trigger Fast Jack Neumann 1994-07-06
Movie Guns of Honor Jack Neumann 1994-10-27
Movie Body of Evidence Dr. Alan Paley 1993-01-15
Movie Der Fall Lucona Jorunalist Strasser 1993-06-10
Series The Fire Next Time Larry Richter 1993-04-18
Movie Hurricane Smith Charlie Dowd 1992-01-31
Movie Interceptor Phillips 1992-10-13
Movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Woodsman 1992-06-03
Movie Robin Hood Sir Miles Folcanet 1991-05-13
Movie The Man Inside Günter Wallraff 1991-06-19
Movie The Fourth War Col. Valachev 1990-03-08
Movie Kill Cruise The Skipper 1990-04-05
Movie A Dry White Season Captain Stolz 1989-01-01
Movie The Seventh Sign David Bannon 1988-04-01
Series Das Boot Kommandant („Der Alte“) 1987-04-27
Movie Terminus Sir / Doctor / Yellow Truck's Driver 1987-01-28
Movie Devil's Paradise Escher 1987-05-07
Movie Beverly Hills Cop II Maxwell Dent 1987-05-18
Movie Killing Cars Ralph Korda 1986-02-13
Movie The Cop & the Girl Der Bulle 1985-04-19
Movie Murder: By Reason of Insanity Adam Berwid 1985-10-01
Movie Dune Duke Leto Atreides 1984-12-14
Movie Love is Forever General Siegfried Kaplan 1983-04-03
Movie The Keep Captain Klaus Woermann 1983-12-16
Movie Krieg und Frieden 1982-09-30
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Series A case for two KHK Max Gerber 1981-09-11
Movie Das Boot Kapitän-Leutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock 1981-09-16
Movie Kiepie en Kandas Larry Richter 1980-01-01
Movie Kotte Günther Kotte 1979-02-12
Movie Kung Fu on Sale Visitatore 1979-09-06
Movie Operation Ganymed Oss 1977-11-05
Movie The Consequence Martin Kurath 1977-12-02
Movie Shirins Wedding Aida 1976-01-20
Series Schaurige Geschichten Piet 1976-02-20
Movie The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Ludwig Götten 1975-01-10
Movie The Brutalization of Franz Blum Franz Blum 1974-03-26
Movie One or the Other of Us Bernd Ziegenhals 1974-04-22
Movie Tenderness of the Wolves Hehler 1973-07-12
Movie Zoff Joky 1972-01-21
Movie Knast Roloff 1972-11-22
Movie Auf Befehl erschossen Franz Sass 1972-12-01
Movie The Merchant of Four Seasons weiterer Stammtisch-Bruder 1971-11-04
Series Scene of the Crime Klaus Linder 1970-11-29
Movie The Guardian Angel Albert Klosser 0