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Born in East Germany, Thomas Kretschann trained as a teen to be an Olympic swimmer but decided to pursue an acting career instead. At twenty years old, he was able to escape to West Berlin to begin a new life without the regimentation of communism. After three years of odd jobs and acting classes, he was invited to be a member of the Schillertheater (Germany's equivalent of England's Royal Shakespeare Company).
In 1991, he made his film debut in "Der Mitwisser" which earned him Germany's prestigious Max-Ophuls Prize as Best Up & Coming Actor for his performance. When he appeared in the World War II epic, Stalingrad, a movie made by the same producers as Das Boot, his performance launched him into the international limelight. He went on to star in La Reine Margot, Marching In The Dark, Dario Argento's The Stendahl Syndrome and Prince Valiant, to name a few of his more internationally known credits. Furthermore, he was very convincing in his role as Captain Vesna in U - 571 as well as in his leading part in Carl Schenkel's thriller Feindliche Übernahme - althan.com. His next release will be Pupi Avatis medieval epic The Knights of the Quest.
Thomas Kretschmann plays a German officer in The Pianist (director: Roman Polanski), who saves Wladyslaw Szpilman's life. Kretschmann makes his home in Los Angeles.