Beyer, Hermann


Hermann Beyer was born on May 30, 1943 in Altenburg, Germany, the younger brother of the internationally known director Frank Beyer. He studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Berlin from 1963 to 1966. His first theater engagements were at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam (1969-1971). From 1972 to 1980, he acted at the Volksbühne in Berlin, before becoming a member of the Berliner Ensemble in 1983.


Beyer started his film career as a supporting actor at the East German DEFA Studio for Feature Films in the late 1960s. One of his first film roles was in Konrad Wolf’s autobiographical film, Ich war neunzehn, set in the last days of WWII. At the beginning of the 1980s, Beyer played leading roles in Unser kurzes Leben and Die Beunruhigung, two important contemporary films by director Lothar Warneke. Beyer also worked with his brother, who cast him in the Oscar-nominated Holocaust film Jakob der Lügner and Der Bruch, a crime story set in Berlin in 1946. In the latter film, Beyer shared the screen with Rolf Hoppe, Götz George and Otto Sander. He also played the challenging role of the Jacobin scholar Georg Forster in Michael Gwisdek’s Treffen in Travers.


Beyer has won numerous awards for his performances. He was nominated as a Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 2012 German Film Awards for his performance as a man suffering from dementia in Andreas Kannengießer’s psychological drama Vergiss dein Ende. A few years later, Beyer played the lead in Susanne Boening’s award-winning short film Winterreise, about a man who discovers his life is coming to an end. For this role, Beyer was nominated as Best Actor at the 2016 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, in the U.S.


Since 1999, Hermann Beyer has worked as a stage actor at various theaters in Berlin, Weimar, Hamburg and Munich, as well as in film and television productions. He lives in Berlin.

Festivals & Awards:

1990 Best Actor in a Leading Role, GDR Feature Film Festival, for Treffen in Travers


2016 Schweigeminute (Moment of Silence, TV)

Wintersreise (Winter’s Journey, short)

2015 HomeSick
2014 Bornholmer Straße (Bornholmer Street, TV)
2013 Zeugin der Toten (Witness of the Dead, TV)
2012 Die Chefin (The Lady Boss, TV)
2011 Dr. Ketel (TV)
2011 Mörderisches Wespennest (Murderous Wasp’s Nest, TV)
2011 Vergiss dein Ende (Way Home)
2010 Boxhagener Platz (Boxhagen Square)
1988-2009 Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call: 110, TV series)
2008 Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin)
2005 Die Nachrichten (The News)
2004 Das Konto (The Account)
2003 Der alte Affe Angst (Afraid)
2002 Ausgelöscht (Blown Out, TV)
2001 Über Wasser (Above Water, TV)
1998 Der Laden (The Store, TV)
1994 Der Kontrolleur (The Border Control Officer)
1992 Kaspar Hauser
1990 Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)
1988-2009 Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call: 110, TV series)
1988 Das Herz des Piraten (Heart of the Pirate)
1988 Der Bruch (The Break-In)
1988 Treffen in Travers (Rendezvous in Travers)
1988 Fallada – Letztes Kapitel (Fallada – The Last Chapter)
1987 Vorspiel (Ready for Life)
1987 Felix und der Wolf (Felix and the Wolf)

Kindheit (Childhood)

1985 Jan auf der Zille (Jan on the Barge)
1985 Das Haus am Fluss (The House on the River)
1984 Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns (Gritta of Rat's Castle)
1983 Olle Henry (Ole Henry)
1983 Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fußball? (Excuse Me, Are You Watching Soccer?)
1981 Märkische Forschungen (Exploring the Mark Brandenburg)
1981 Die Beunruhigung (Apprehension)
1980 Unser kurzes Leben (Our Short Life)
1975 Ikarus (Icarus)
1974 Jakob der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)
1973 Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow (The Second Life of Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow)
1972 Lützower

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