Hennicke, André


André Hennicke was born in Steinheidel-Erlabrunn, East Germany, on September 21, 1958. He studied acting at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1980 to 1984. After acting on stage at the Theater Senftenberg for several years, he turned his attention to acting in cinema and television films.


Hennicke’s film career began at the East German DEFA studio. His reputation spread beyond Germany in 1988, when he was acclaimed for his performance in Die Schauspielerin (dir. Siegfried Kühn), in which he plays a Jewish actor in Nazi-Germany. He has been cast in over one hundred roles and acted in many award-winning films, such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth without Youth. Other notable roles have included an SS general in the Oscar-nominated Der Untergang (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel) and Professor Bleuler in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, which was honored with several international awards. Hennicke has worked with many other important directors as well, including Rainer Kaufmann, Werner Herzog, Christian Petzold, and Oskar Röhler.


In addition to acting, Hennicke has worked as a producer (Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, 1997, dir. Thomas Jahn, with Til Schweiger in the leading role), a screenwriter (Der Besucher, 1992) and a director (C.I. Angel, 2002). In 2010, he released his debut novel, the thriller Der Zugriff. André Hennicke has lived in Berlin since 1981.

Festivals & Awards:

2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards, Best Actor, for Die Entbehrlichen
2009 São Paulo International Film Festival, Best Actor, for Die Entbehrlichen
2009 Maverick Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Die Entbehrlichen
2002 German Television Award, Best Actor, for Toter Mann
1989 Art Prize of the Free German Trade Union Federation for Die Schauspielerin


Bibliography & More:

Hennicke, André. Der Zugriff. Merzig: Gollenstein, 2010.




2014 Sommersonnenwende (Summer Solstice)
2014 Buddha’s Little Finger
2014 Le meraviglie (The Wonders)
2013 Frauen (Women)
2012 Die Vermissten (The Missing)
2011 A Dangerous Method
2010 Zimmer 205 (Room 205)
2009 Die Entbehrlichen (The Dispensables)
2009 Faktor 8 – Der Tag ist gekommen (Factor 8)
2009 Pandorum
2009 Die Gräfin (The Countess)
2008 Henri IV
2008 Buddenbrooks
2008 Jerichow (Jericho)
2008 Das Wunder von Berlin (The Miracle of Berlin, TV)
2007 Youth without Youth
2007 In memoria di me (In Memory of Myself)
2006 Eduart
2006 Wintereise (Winter Journey)
2006 Der freie Wille (The Free Will)
2005 Antikörper (Antibodies)
2005 Speer und er (Speer and Hitler: The Devil's Architect, TV mini-series)
2005 Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days)
2004 Der Untergang (Downfall)
2003 Hamlet_X
2003 Der alte Affe Angst (Angst)
2002 Toter Mann (Something to Remind Me, TV)
2001 So weit die Füße mich tragen (As Far As My Feet Carry Me)
2000 Kalt ist der Abendhauch (Cold Is the Breath of Evening)
1999 Schnee in der Neujahrsnacht (Snow on New Year’s Night)
1999 Das Callgirl (The Call Girl, TV)
1993 Novalis – Die blaue Blume (Novalis – The Blue Flower)
1992 Der Besucher (The Visitor)
1991 Miraculi
1990 Letztes aus der DaDaeR (Latest from the Da-Da-R)
1990 Biologie! (Biology!)
1989 Der Magdalenenbaum (The Tree of Magdalena)

Rückkehr aus der Wüste (Return from the Desert)

1988 Die Schauspielerin (The Actress)
1987 Dschungelzeit (Time in the Jungle)
1985 Junge Leute in der Stadt (Young People in the City)


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