|Estimated value:||€15 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
Matthias Schweighöfer is one of the best-known and at the same time one of the most influential German actors. He has demonstrated his acting talent in numerous German television series, films and cinema films over the past 20 years. Thanks to his charming nature, he is also considered an absolute darling of the public and has therefore become an integral part of the German media landscape.
Acting is in Matthias Schweighöfer’s blood, as it is a tradition in his family. He was born on March 11, 1981 in Anklam and thus in the East German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the son of actors Michael and Gitta Schweighöfer. In addition to his grandfather Willy Schweighöfer, his two uncles – Joachim and Götz Schweighöfer – were also actors. That is why Matthias Schweighöfer came into contact with the art of acting at an early age. At the age of three his parents separated. In the years that followed, he initially grew up with his mother in Frankfurt (Oder) and Chemnitz, but later shared an apartment with his father in Berlin-Mitte until around 2010.
Matthias Schweighöfer had his first appearance in a school performance of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Threepenny Opera’. He made his cinematic debut at the age of 16 when he starred in the German TV film ‘Raus aus der Haut’. After graduating from high school, he then studied – but only for one year – at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin.
In addition to the film ‘Raus aus der Haut’, Matthias Schweighöfer had other smaller appearances on German television towards the end of the 1990s. In 1997 he played in the children’s series ‘Spuk aus der Gruft’ and in an episode of the well-known doctor series ‘Dr. Steffan Frank – the doctor that women trust’. In 2000, at the age of only 19, he landed his first major role in a movie. In Zoltan Spirandelli’s ‘Forbidden Desire – I love my student’ he played the student Ben, who had an affair with his teacher, for which he received the German Television Prize in 2001 as the best young actor. This opened the gates to the German film world for Matthias Schweighöfer, so that he has since taken part in numerous television and cinema productions. In 2001, this was followed by appearances in ‘Tatort’ and Polizeiruf 110′, but above all roles in cinema films such as ‘Herz im Kopf’ (2001), ‘Nachts im Park’ (2002), ‘Soloalbum’ (2003), ‘Kammerflimmern ‘ (2004) or ‘The Wild Life’ (2007). With the support of Til Schwaiger, he was then able to establish his place in the German media landscape, above all with the films ‘Keinohrhasen’ (2007), ‘Operation Walküre – Das Stauffenberg-Attentat’ (2008), ‘Zweiohrküken’ (2009) and ‘What a Man’ (2011). Since then he has been one of the most influential actors in German cinema films, which owe their success above all to his participation. These include in particular the blockbusters ‘Rubbeldiekatz’ (2011), ‘Russendisko’ (2012), ‘Der Schloßmacher’ (2013), ‘Vaterfreuden’ (2014), ‘Der Nanny’ (2015) and ‘Der geilste Tag’ (2016) , where he sometimes also worked as a director.
In addition, Matthias Schweighöfer has also been active in the music business for several years. In 2014 he released his first single ‘Fliegen’, which was also the title song for ‘Der Nanny’. The album ‘Lachen Weinen Tanzen’ followed in 2017. Finally, Matthias Schweighöfer also works as a producer and voice actor. He also regularly records audio books by well-known authors.
In his more than 20-year career, Matthias Schweighöfer has already been awarded a large number of German prizes. In addition to the German Television Prize in 2001, these include two Bambis (2007 and 2013), the Berlin Bear in 2013, the Grimme Prize in 2003, two Golden Hens (2012 and 2016) and Golden Cameras (2003 and 2010), the Jupiter Award in 2015 and the Hessian TV Prize in 2010 and 2011.
- “Love is not for cowards.”
- “I never considered dropping out of school, I didn’t want to.”
In addition to his musical and acting talent, Matthias Schweighöfer is also a fashion trendsetter. This is how the fashion label ‘German Garment’ was founded together with Joko Winterscheidt. In addition, he was overweight in his childhood and youth, which is why it used to be difficult for today’s heartthrob to find a girlfriend. After all, Matthias Schweighöfer also suffers from a fear of flying and, according to his own statements, was initially annoyed by the fall of the Berlin Wall because as a child he really wanted to become a Thälmann pioneer.
|Estimated value:||€15 million|