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Benno Fürmann

Benno Furmann

When writer-director Brian Helgeland saw German actor Benno Fürmann in The Princess and the Warrior, he immediately knew he had found the actor to create the complex role of William Eden – The Sin Eater – in THE ORDER.

Born in Berlin, Fürmann worked as a waiter, doorman and scaffolder before going to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Returning to Germany, he began building a career in movies and television. Fürmann became well known playing the gang leader Gunni in the television series Und Tschuss. His TV work includes The Sparrow and the Burning Arm, The Bubi Scholz Story, for which he won the 2000 German Television Award as Best Actor, and The Secret of the State.

On the big screen, Fürmann gained recognition in portrayals of wild young marginals fighting through life on the edge of legality. He was a car thief in The Polar Bear, a pimp in St. Pauli Night, an occasional blackmailer in A Good Opportunity, and he starred as a medical student who takes his studies to an extreme in the thriller Anatomy.

Fürmann appeared in the children's movie Annaluisee and Anton and the love story Friends (aka Trust Me), for which he was honored with a 2001 Bavarian Film Award as Best Actor. In The Princess and the Warrior Fürmann played a man so scarred by his wife's death that he rejects love and life itself. Before filming THE ORDER, he starred in Dorris Dorrie's Naked, and subsequently filmed My House in Umbria, starring with Maggie Smith under the direction of Richard Loncraine.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Benno Furmann Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJanuary 17, 1972 (45)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceBerlin, Germany
Height5' 9½" (1m77)  How tall is Benno Furmann compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Speed Racer
The Order
Mutant Chronicles
North Face
Joyeux Noel
In Darkness
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