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Sebastien Koch

Sebastien Koch
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Nationality German
Birth 31 may 1962 (57 years) at Karlsruhe (German)

Sebastian Koch (born 31 May 1962) is a German television and movie actor and recipient of various German film awards. He is perhaps best known in the United States for his role in the 2007 Academy Award winning film The Lives of Others and as a villain opposite Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard, and he has a featured role in the 2015 film Bridge of Spies.


Koch lives in Berlin and has a daughter with journalist Birgit Keller. He also had a relationship with actress Anna Schudt and Dutch actress Carice van Houten, whom he met on the set of Black Book (Dutch: Zwartboek).

Transit (1991)
Cosimas Lexikon (1992)
Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time (1995, TV film)
Les Alsaciens ou les Deux Mathilde (1996, TV miniseries)
Todesspiel (1997, TV film)
Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod, a.k.a. Gloomy Sunday (1999)
The Tunnel (2001, TV film)
Der Tanz mit dem Teufel (2001, TV film)
Die Manns – Ein Jahrhundertroman (2001, TV miniseries)
Amen. (2002)
Napoleon (2002, TV miniseries)
Princesse Marie (2004, TV film)
Stauffenberg, a.k.a. Operation Valkyrie (2004, TV film)
Tödlicher Umweg, a.k.a. Deadly Diversion (2004)
Speer und Er (2005, TV film)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Black Book (2006)
The Shell Seekers (2006, TV film)
In jeder Sekunde a.k.a. At Any Second (2008)
Effi Briest (2009)
Sea Wolf (2009, TV film)
Manipulation (2011)
Unknown (2011)
Camelot (2011, TV miniseries)
Albatross (2011)
Das Wochenende (2012)
God Loves Caviar (2012)
In the Shadow, a.k.a. Ve stínu (Czech title) (2012)
Suspension of Disbelief (2012)
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
October November (2013)
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) (voice)
Take Down (2015)
Homeland (Season 5) (2015, TV series)
The Danish Girl (2015)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
2001 – German Television Awards nomination for best supporting actor in Der Tunnel.
2002 – Grimme Award for his portrayal of Klaus Mann in Die Manns; Bavarian Television Award ("Blue Panther") for the same role; Grimme Award for his portrayal of Richard Oetker in Dance with the Devil.
2003 – DIVA Award; nominated for best German actor at the Verleihung der Goldenen Kamera for his role in Napoleon.
2004 – Golden Gong award for Stauffenberg; German Television Awards nomination for best leading actor in Stauffenberg.
2005 – "Blue Panther" award for his portrayal of Albert Speer in Speer und Er; German Television Award for best leading role in Speer und Er.
2006 – Die Quadriga award for The Lives of Others (shared with Ulrich Mühe and the film's director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck); Bambi award for best actor (national).

External links
Official website
Sebastian Koch at his management's website
Sebastian Koch at the Internet Movie Database
Fan site (German)

Best films

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Amen. (2002)

Usually with

Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1 films)
Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley
(1 films)
Ulrich Tukur
Ulrich Tukur
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sebastien Koch (27 films)

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Take Down
Take Down (2016)

Directed by Jim Gillespie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Ed Westwick, Sebastien Koch, Dominic Sherwood, Anna-Louise Plowman
Roles Bobby Hartmann
Rating55% 2.754732.754732.754732.754732.75473
Students at a school for rebellious rich kids take matters into their own hands after the campus is taken hostage by a group of criminals.
In Her Name, 1h27
Directed by Vincent Garenq
Origin France
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Assassinat
Actors Daniel Auteuil, Sebastien Koch, Christelle Cornil, Marie-Josée Croze, Serge Feuillard, Fred Personne
Roles Le docteur Dieter Krombach
Rating69% 3.4862553.4862553.4862553.4862553.486255
Dieter Krombach, un médecin allemand, est soupçonné d'avoir violé et assassiné Kalinka, sa belle fille âgée de 14 ans. Le père de Kalinka, André Bamberski, se bat alors pour que justice soit faite.
Bridge of Spies, 2h17
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Spy
Themes Spy films, Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Eve Hewson, Billy Magnussen, Kevin Spacey
Roles Wolfgang Vogel
Rating75% 3.7965653.7965653.7965653.7965653.796565
In 1957 Brooklyn, New York, Rudolf Abel retrieves a secret message from a park bench and reads it just before FBI agents burst into his rented room. He prevents discovery of the message, but other evidence in the room leads to his arrest and prosecution as a Soviet spy.
The Danish Girl, 2h
Directed by Tom Hooper, Lasse Hallström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Peinture, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw
Roles Dr. Kurt Warnekros
Rating71% 3.557653.557653.557653.557653.55765
In early 1920s Copenhagen, the illustrator and artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), to stand in for a female model. The popularity of the portraits leads to Gerda painting her husband in further pictures as a woman. Einar develops an attraction for a female physical appearance and begins living as a woman named Lili Elbe. Ultimately Elbe becomes the first ever recipient of male to female sex reassignment surgery, and Gerda supports her decision, although their marriage becomes strained when Gerda comes to the realization that Lili is no longer the person she married. A childhood friend of Lili, Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and forms a complex love triangle with the couple.
A Good Day to Die Hard, 1h38
Directed by John Moore
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism, Gangster films
Actors Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastien Koch, Patrick Stewart, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco
Roles Komorov
Rating52% 2.6488652.6488652.6488652.6488652.648865
In Moscow, Viktor Chagarin (Sergei Kolesnikov), a high-ranking, but corrupt Russian official, plans on incriminating political prisoner, former billionaire and government whistleblower, Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch), without a fair trial when Komarov refuses to hand over a secret file believed to have convicting evidence against Chagarin. In a separate incident, Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) is arrested as a result of an assassination attempt but agrees to testify against Komarov for a shorter sentence. John McClane (Bruce Willis), who has not been in touch with his son for several years, learns of his son's actions and travels to Russia to help. When John finally arrives and approaches the courthouse that holds Komarov on trial, a bomb explosion orchestrated by Chagarin's henchman Alik (Radivoje Bukvić) occurs in the courthouse, and Jack breaks free with Komarov. Seeing his son, John confronts him, but their dispute is cut short when Alik and his men chase them in a US Cougar MRAP on the streets of Moscow. John, Jack and Komarov manage to escape.
October November, 1h54
Directed by Götz Spielmann
Genres Drama
Actors Sebastien Koch, Ursula Strauss, Samuel Finzi
Roles Andreas
Rating65% 3.294573.294573.294573.294573.29457
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Documentary, Historical, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Documentary films about law
Actors Cate Blanchett, Sebastien Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Gustaf Skarsgård
Roles Heinz Wittmer
Rating67% 3.3975153.3975153.3975153.3975153.397515
Dans les années 1930, une série de meurtres inexpliqués endeuillent la population de pionniers européens qui s'est installée sur l'île Floreana, aux Galapagos
Suspension of Disbelief
Directed by Mike Figgis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller
Themes Films about films, Mise en scène d'un scénariste
Actors Sebastien Koch, Emilia Fox, Eoin Macken, Lotte Verbeek, Rebecca Night, Frances de la Tour
Roles Martin
Rating43% 2.1736552.1736552.1736552.1736552.173655
Un scénariste (Koch) est obsédé par la mort d'une jeune femme (Verbeek)…
God Loves Caviar, 1h41
Directed by Yannis Smaragdis
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical
Actors Sebastien Koch, John Cleese, Christoforos Papakaliatis, Catherine Deneuve, Lakis Lazopoulos
Roles Varvakis
Rating58% 2.9495552.9495552.9495552.9495552.949555
The film is based upon the true story of Ioannis Varvakis, a Greek caviar merchant and eventual benefactor from Psara who was formerly a pirate. He was born in Psara, and from an early age he learned to navigate the seas, an occupation revered and steeped in tradition on the island where he grew up. At the age of 17 he built his own ship, which he would later offer to the Russians during the Orlov Revolt. Ultimately, his ship was destroyed, and he turned to Saint Petersburg to ask for an audience with Catherine the Great. He was given compensation for the loss of his ship and granted authorization to fish freely in the Caspian Sea. Lending to his superb navigational skills and excellent seamanship abilities, he dominated the Caspian Sea and soon became substantially wealthy. When he initially discovered the superior caviar of the Beluga Sturgeon, he quickly discerned that there could be an incredible market trading for this product. From the caviar trade he eventually became a millionaire and later donated part of his fortune for important works that improved the life of Russians and Greeks on the Black Sea coasts. In his later years, he became a member of the Filiki Eteria, which would contribute to the overthrow of the Ottoman rule of Greece. He passed away in 1825 in Zante, during the Greek War of Independence. After his death, his entire estate went to the Ioannis Varvakis Foundation which would offer up important grants throughout Greece. The script follows the entire life of Varvakis, but the film's narration begins with his final moments in Zante.
In the Shadow, 1h46
Directed by David Ondříček
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Ivan Trojan, Sebastien Koch, Miroslav Krobot
Roles Zenke
Rating70% 3.54173.54173.54173.54173.5417
Dans l'ex-Tchécoslovaquie, les années 1950, le capitaine de police Hakl enquête sur un vol de bijoux. Un coffre-fort ouvert mène à un cambrioleur connu. Ce qui semble être une affaire simple commence bientôt à s’embrouiller. Quand il est dessaisi du cas, il décide de continuer seul. L'enquête le conduit en eaux troubles. Peut-il battre un ennemi plus fort et sauver sa famille et sa propre vie?
Albatross (2011)
, 1h28
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Jessica Brown Findlay, Sebastien Koch, Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones, Peter Vaughan, Josef Altin
Roles Jonathan
Rating63% 3.1988153.1988153.1988153.1988153.198815
Emelia Conan Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay), a rebellious teenage dropout who believes she is a descendant of Arthur Conan Doyle, takes a job as a cleaner in a seaside hotel owned by Jonathan Fischer (Sebastian Koch). Jonathan is a writer from Germany who has struggled with writer's block since his successful first novel, The Cliff House, was published 21 years before. He lives in the hotel with his wife Joa (Julia Ormond) and two daughters, Beth, 17, (Felicity Jones) and Posy, 6. Jonathan is constantly sequestered in the attic working on his writing, leaving the hotel to be run by Joa. Their marriage is stormy as Joa is unhappy about Jonathan's lack of success in his profession and his disconnected parenting. Meanwhile, Emelia has lived with her grandparents since her mother committed suicide.
Unknown (2011)
, 1h53
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Transport films, L'usurpation d'identité, Films about automobiles, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Road movies, Chase films, Escroquerie
Actors Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella, Bruno Ganz
Roles Professor Leo Bressler
Rating67% 3.399053.399053.399053.399053.39905
Dr. Martin Harris and his wife Liz arrive in Berlin for a biotechnology summit. Martin realizes he left his briefcase at the airport and takes a taxi to retrieve it. When they are involved in an accident, the driver, Gina, rescues him and flees the scene, as she is an illegal immigrant. Martin regains consciousness at a hospital after having been in a coma for four days.
The Lives of Others, 2h17
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about writers, Spy films, Politique, Political films
Actors Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastien Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Herbert Knaup
Roles Georg Dreyman
Rating83% 4.199084.199084.199084.199084.19908
In 1984 East Germany, Stasi Captain (Hauptmann) HGW XX/7, Gerd Wiesler, suggests to his superiors that he begin to spy on the playwright Georg Dreyman. Wiesler and his team bug the apartment, set up surveillance equipment in an attic and begin reporting Dreyman's activities. Dreyman had escaped state scrutiny due to his pro-Communist views and international recognition. Wiesler soon learns the real reason behind the surveillance: Minister of Culture Bruno Hempf covets Dreyman's girlfriend, actress Christa-Maria Sieland, and is trying to eliminate Dreyman as a romantic rival. While Wiesler's superior, Lt. Col. Anton Grubitz, sees an opportunity for advancement, Wiesler, an idealist, is horrified, asking Grubitz "Is this why we joined?" Minister Hempf coerces Sieland into having sex with him by exploiting her vulnerability as an insecure actress whose livelihood is dependent on state approval of stagecraft. After discovering Sieland's relationship with Hempf (through Wiesler's covert intervention), Dreyman implores her not to meet him again. Sieland flees to a nearby bar where Wiesler, posing as a fan, urges her to be true to herself. She returns home and reconciles with Dreyman, rejecting Hempf.
The Shell Seekers, 3h3
Genres Drama
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Sebastien Koch, Victoria Hamilton, Stephanie Stumph, Victoria Smurfit
Roles Cosmo König
Rating73% 3.6665653.6665653.6665653.6665653.666565
Set in the 1980s, Penelope (Redgrave) is seen to be recovering from a heart attack. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn she is the daughter of Lawrence (Schell), an acclaimed painter. Her children attempt to convince her to sell her father's paintings and ease their financial burdens. As Penelope continues to recover she reflects on her life, as a disillusioned wife and briefly enthralled lover. She embarks on a trip to the Mediterranean where she encounters Antonia (Stumph), a woman in the grip of a passionate romance, something Penelope realises she briefly enjoyed.
Black Book
Black Book (2006)
, 2h25
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Origin Pays-bas
Genres Drama, War, Thriller
Themes Spy films, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Carice van Houten, Sebastien Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Derek de Lint, Waldemar Kobus
Roles Ludwig Müntze
Rating76% 3.848643.848643.848643.848643.84864
In October 1956, Ronnie, a Dutch woman married to a Canadian clergyman, is on a package tour of Israel. While visiting a kibbutz, she sees the local schoolteacher, Rachel Rosenthal, and they realise they knew each other during World War II. As Rachel recalls the past near a riverbank, the film then flashes back to 1944, and begins the story of Rachel Stein, a Dutch-Jewish singer who had lived in Berlin before the war and is now hiding from the Nazi regime in the occupied Netherlands.