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Thomas Kretschmann Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas Kretschmann
Birth Place:
Dessau, East Germany
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • As a teen, he trained to be an Olympic swimmer, averaging approximately 15 miles a day
  • During a trek to escape East Germany, he went through Hungary, Yugoslavia and Austria, and lost piece of a finger to frostbite
  • The piece was reattached
  • Early on, he had visions of becoming a designer/architect, and has since built a house for himself
  • As a model, he was the face of a Hugo Bass Selection ad campaign
  • Played Nazis in films, including in the title role of Eichmann (2007) and in the 2008 Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie