August Zirner

August Zirner (born 7 January 1956) is an American-Austrian actor, who starred in over 60 film productions. He is one of the most popular actors in Germany. Zirner was born as son of Austrian Jewish immigrants in the United States in Urbana, Illinois. His father had fled from the Nazis. In 1976 he studied drama at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna before he made his debut as an actor at the Volkstheater in Vienna. After that he was engaged in Hanover, Wiesbaden and at the Munich Kammerspiele. His breakthrough into film was in "The Promise" in 1994. He has appeared in numerous films and television films, e. g. in Cafe Europa (1990) by Franz Xaver Bogner, The Voyager (1991) by Volker Schlondorff, Stadtgespräch (1995) by Rainer Kaufmann, Winterkind (1997) by Margarethe von Trotta, Die Apothekerin (1997) by Rainer Kaufmann and The Counterfeiters by Stefan Ruzowitzky, which was awarded with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008. For the film Fury, he got the 2006 Adolf Grimme Award. In 2009 Zirner played the transverse flute together with the Spardosen-Trio and the Theatre Program Diagnose: Jazz.


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