Schwill, Ernst-Georg


Ernst-Georg Schwill was born on March 30, 1939 in Berlin. When he was fourteen, director Gerhard Klein discovered him and cast him in his crime drama, Alarm im Zirkus. While he began an apprenticeship as a photographer, Schwill took on roles in Klein's following films, Eine Berliner Romanze and Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser as well.


From 1957 to 1960, Schwill studied acting at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, playing in important East German films while still a student. Highlights include his vivid performance in the title role in Heiner Carow's antifascist children’s film, Sie nannten ihn Amigo, and his performance as Willi—the single German in a team of five volunteers in the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War—in Frank Beyer's Fünf Patronenhülsen.


Schwill also performed on stage at the Berliner Ensemble and the Deutsches Theater and joined the East German television ensemble in 1970. Since then, Schwill has played mostly supporting roles in a range of television and film productions, including Good Bye, Lenin! He took over the role of detective Weber in the popular German crime series Tatort in 1999.


In 2008, Ernst-Georg Schwill published a memoir, entitled Is doch keene Frage nich – Erinnerungen eines Schauspielers.


Bibliography & More:

Schwill, Ernst-Georg. Is doch keene Frage nich – Erinnerungen eines Schauspielers. (trans. It Ain't Even a Question: Memories of an Actor). Berlin: Das Neue Berlin, 2008.




2011 Sushi in Suhl (TV)
2011 Es ist nicht vorbei (It’s Not Over, TV)
2011 Der Turm (The Tower, TV)
2010 Das System (The System)
2010 Fremde Heimat (Strange Homeland, TV)
2009 380.000 Volt – Der grosse Stromausfall (Blackout, TV)
2008 Küss mich, wenn es Liebe ist (Cinderella for a Night, TV)
2004 Die Nachrichten (The News, TV)
2003 Good Bye, Lenin!
2000 Deutschlandspiel (The German Gambit, TV mini-series)
1999- Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)
1990 Banale Tage (Banal Days)
1979 Lachtauben weinen nicht (Ring Doves Don’t Cry)
1972-97 Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)
1970 Der Sonne Glut (The Sun’s Blaze, TV series)
1963 Die Suche nach dem wunderbunten Vögelchen (Quest for the Bird of Many Colors)
1962 Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood)
1960 Das Rabauken-Kabarett (The Rowdy’s Show)
1960 Silvesterpunsch (New Year’s Eve Punch)
1960 Fünf Patronenhülsen (Five Cartridges)
1959 Maibowle (May Punch)
1958 Sie nannten ihn Amigo (They Called Him Amigo)
1957 Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser (Berlin – Schönhauser Corner)
1956 Eine Berliner Romanze (A Berlin Romance)
1954 Alarm im Zirkus (Alarm at the Circus)


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