Christoph Eichhorn

Christoph Eichhorn

German actor and director
Date of Birth: 08.09.1957
Country: Germany

Biography of Christoph Eichhorn

Christoph Eichhorn is a German actor and director. Born into a theatrical family, he was influenced by his father, German actor Werner Eichhorn. From 1972 to 1977, Eichhorn performed in various plays at the Bochum Theater, working with renowned directors such as Werner Schröter, Peter Zadek, Rosa von Praunheim, and Jerome Savary.

Eichhorn made his film debut in 1972 with a small role in "The Tenderness of Wolves" directed by Ulli Lommel. Since then, he has appeared in numerous films and popular television series. One of his notable roles was playing Hans Castorp in the adaptation of Thomas Mann's famous novel "The Magic Mountain" in 1981, directed by Hans W. Geißendörfer. This role brought him recognition and showcased his versatile acting abilities.

Over the years, Eichhorn has played a variety of roles in films and TV series. He is familiar to Russian audiences for his portrayal of King Charles XII of Sweden in the 1986 series "Peter the Great," directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and Lawrence Schiller. In this series, Eichhorn shared the screen with renowned actors such as Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier, Ursula Andress, Natalya Andreychenko, Hannah Schygulla, Vsevolod Larionov, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Boris Plotnikov, Roman Filippov, and many others.

Eichhorn can also be seen in popular television series such as "Tatort," "Derrick," "Wolff's Revier," "Der Clown," "Das Geheimnis des Sagala," and more. His voice can be heard in radio dramas and stage productions on CD. Since 1980, Eichhorn has been involved in directing several short films, many of which have been recognized by the Berlin Film Festival. He often takes on leading roles in these films and even writes some of the screenplays himself.

In 1988, he directed the feature film "Beyond the Blue," and in 1995, he directed "The Man on the Edge of the Bed," based on Evelyn Holst's novel. From the mid-1990s to the present, Eichhorn has primarily focused on directing detective TV series.

In recognition of his work, Eichhorn has received several awards including the EMIL Prize in 2009 for the series "KRIMI.DE/Erfurt" in the episode titled "Chatgeflüster." He also won the Golden Sparrow Award at the children's film festival in 2009 for the same series and the episode "Chatgeflüster." Additionally, he received the Erich Kästner Prize in 2008 for the series "KRIMI.DE/Erfurt" and the episode "Kein zurück" (No Turning Back), as well as the Golden Sparrow Award in 2008 for the series and the episode "Flinke Finger" (Nimble Fingers) at the children's film festival.