Jürgen Prochnow

Jürgen Prochnow is a German actor. His most well-known roles internationally have been as the sympathetic submarine captain in Das Boot (1981), Duke Leto Atreides I in Dune (1984), the minor, but important role of Kazakh dictator General Ivan Radek in Air Force One and the antagonist Maxwell Dent in Beverly Hills Cop II. Prochnow was born in Berlin and brought up in Düsseldorf, the son of an engineer. He has an elder brother, Dieter. He studied acting at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Thanks to his on-screen intensity and his fluency in English, he has become one of the most successful German actors in Hollywood. He portrayed Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film about the actor's political career in California, entitled See Arnold Run; coincidentally, Prochnow was one of the actors considered for the title role in The Terminator. He also appears as the main antagonist in the Broken Lizard film Beerfest, which contains a submarine scene that references his role in Das Boot. He also played a supporting character in the Wing Commander film, Cmdr. Paul Gerald. In addition, he dubbed Sylvester Stallone's voice in the German version of Rocky and Rocky II. He was facially scarred following a stunt accident during the filming of Dune. One scene called for Prochnow (as Duke Leto) to be strapped to a black stretcher and drugged. During one take, a high-powered bulb positioned above Prochnow exploded due to heat, raining down molten glass. Remarkably, the actor was able to free ...

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Air Force One (1997)

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Gary Oldman  •  Glenn Close  •  Wendy Crewson

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Gary Oldman  •  Glenn Close  •  Wendy Crewson

Beerfest (2006)

During a trip to Germany to scatter their grandfather's ashes, German-American brothers Todd and Jan discover Beerfest, the secret Olympics of downing stout, and want to enter the contest to defend their family's beer-guzzling honor. Their Old Country cousins sneer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Chandrasekhar
CAST:  Erik Stolhanske  •  Jay Chandrasekhar  •  Steve Lemme  •  Kevin Heffernan

During a trip to Germany to scatter their grandfather's ashes, German-American brothers Todd and Jan discover Beerfest, the secret Olympics of downing stout, and want to enter the contest to defend their family's beer-guzzling honor. Their Old Country cousins sneer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Chandrasekhar
CAST:  Erik Stolhanske  •  Jay Chandrasekhar  •  Steve Lemme  •  Kevin Heffernan

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Axel heads for the land of sunshine and palm trees to find out who shot police Captain Andrew Bogomil. Thanks to a couple of old friends, Axel's investigation uncovers a series of robberies masterminded by a heartless weapons kingpin—and the chase is on.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Judge Reinhold  •  John Ashton  •  Jürgen Prochnow

Axel heads for the land of sunshine and palm trees to find out who shot police Captain Andrew Bogomil. Thanks to a couple of old friends, Axel's investigation uncovers a series of robberies masterminded by a heartless weapons kingpin—and the chase is on.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Judge Reinhold  •  John Ashton  •  Jürgen Prochnow

Das Boot (1981)

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A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Herbert Grönemeyer  •  Klaus Wennemann  •  Hubertus Bengsch

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Herbert Grönemeyer  •  Klaus Wennemann  •  Hubertus Bengsch

Dune (1984)

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  Leonardo Cimino  •  Brad Dourif  •  José Ferrer

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  Leonardo Cimino  •  Brad Dourif  •  José Ferrer

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Sheryl Lee  •  Moira Kelly  •  Mädchen Amick  •  Phoebe Augustine

In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Sheryl Lee  •  Moira Kelly  •  Mädchen Amick  •  Phoebe Augustine

Primeval (2007)

A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Katleman
CAST:  Dominic Purcell  •  Brooke Langton  •  Orlando Jones  •  Jürgen Prochnow

A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Katleman
CAST:  Dominic Purcell  •  Brooke Langton  •  Orlando Jones  •  Jürgen Prochnow

Heart of America (2002)

Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential viewing for anyone who was captivated by Michael Moore's 'Bowling For ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Uwe Boll
CAST:  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Michael Paré  •  Patrick Muldoon  •  Kett Turton

Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential viewing for anyone who was captivated by Michael Moore's 'Bowling For ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Uwe Boll
CAST:  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Michael Paré  •  Patrick Muldoon  •  Kett Turton

House of the Dead (2003)

Set on an island off the coast, a techno rave party attracts a diverse group of college coeds and a Coast Guard officer. Soon, they discover that their X-laced escapades are to be interrupted by zombies and monsters that attack them on the ground, from the air, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Uwe Boll
CAST:  Jonathan Cherry  •  Tyron Leitso  •  Clint Howard  •  Ona Grauer

Set on an island off the coast, a techno rave party attracts a diverse group of college coeds and a Coast Guard officer. Soon, they discover that their X-laced escapades are to be interrupted by zombies and monsters that attack them on the ground, from the air, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Uwe Boll
CAST:  Jonathan Cherry  •  Tyron Leitso  •  Clint Howard  •  Ona Grauer

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Julie Carmen  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  David Warner

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Julie Carmen  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  David Warner

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Audrey Tautou  •  Ian McKellen  •  Paul Bettany

A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Audrey Tautou  •  Ian McKellen  •  Paul Bettany

The English Patient (1996)

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In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kristin Scott Thomas

In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kristin Scott Thomas

The Keep (1983)

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Alberta Watson  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Robert Prosky

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Alberta Watson  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Robert Prosky

The Replacement Killers (1998)

Hired assassin John Lee is asked by Chinatown crime boss Terence Wei to murder the young son of policeman Stan Zedkov. Lee has the boy in his sights, but his conscience gets the better of him, and he spares the child's life. Afraid that Wei will take revenge on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Michael Rooker  •  Kenneth Tsang

Hired assassin John Lee is asked by Chinatown crime boss Terence Wei to murder the young son of policeman Stan Zedkov. Lee has the boy in his sights, but his conscience gets the better of him, and he spares the child's life. Afraid that Wei will take revenge on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Michael Rooker  •  Kenneth Tsang

The Seventh Sign (1988)

Abby is a pregnant woman with a curious new boarder in the apartment over her garage. Turns out he's heaven-sent and is speeding along the Apocalypse by bloodying rivers, egging on plagues and following scripture word for word.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Schultz
CAST:  Demi Moore  •  Michael Biehn  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Peter Friedman

Abby is a pregnant woman with a curious new boarder in the apartment over her garage. Turns out he's heaven-sent and is speeding along the Apocalypse by bloodying rivers, egging on plagues and following scripture word for word.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Schultz
CAST:  Demi Moore  •  Michael Biehn  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Peter Friedman

Wing Commander (1999)

The Hollywood version of the popular video game series "Wing Commander". Unlike other video games to feature film transitions, series creator Chris Roberts was heavily involved in the film's creation. This is the story of Christopher Blair and Todd "Maniac" ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Roberts
CAST:  Freddie Prinze Jr.  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Tchéky Karyo

The Hollywood version of the popular video game series "Wing Commander". Unlike other video games to feature film transitions, series creator Chris Roberts was heavily involved in the film's creation. This is the story of Christopher Blair and Todd "Maniac" ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Roberts
CAST:  Freddie Prinze Jr.  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Tchéky Karyo

A Dry White Season (1989)

During the 1976 Soweto uprising, a white school teacher's life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Euzhan Palcy
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Janet Suzman  •  Zakes Mokae  •  Jürgen Prochnow

During the 1976 Soweto uprising, a white school teacher's life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Euzhan Palcy
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Janet Suzman  •  Zakes Mokae  •  Jürgen Prochnow

Judge Dredd (1995)

In a dystopian future, Dredd, the most famous judge (a cop with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Cannon
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Diane Lane  •  Armand Assante  •  Rob Schneider

In a dystopian future, Dredd, the most famous judge (a cop with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Cannon
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Diane Lane  •  Armand Assante  •  Rob Schneider

The Fall (1999)

In Budapest, two Americans live together. Adam, a former Manhattan prosecutor at work on his first novel, and Lisa, a cool hard-working financier who idolizes her boss (former Communist turned deal maker, Kovacs) as she tires of Adam's lifestyle. Cut to the subway, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Piddington
CAST:  Hélène de Fougerolles  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Jürgen Prochnow

In Budapest, two Americans live together. Adam, a former Manhattan prosecutor at work on his first novel, and Lisa, a cool hard-working financier who idolizes her boss (former Communist turned deal maker, Kovacs) as she tires of Adam's lifestyle. Cut to the subway, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Piddington
CAST:  Hélène de Fougerolles  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Jürgen Prochnow

Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

A German serial killer preys on boys and young men during the so-called years of crisis between the wars. Based on the true story of Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ulli Lommel
CAST:  Kurt Raab  •  Jeff Roden  •  Margit Carstensen  •  Ingrid Caven

A German serial killer preys on boys and young men during the so-called years of crisis between the wars. Based on the true story of Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ulli Lommel
CAST:  Kurt Raab  •  Jeff Roden  •  Margit Carstensen  •  Ingrid Caven
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