David Kross

Biography

David Kross (born July 4, 1990) is a German actor. He began his career at a young age with a small role in the 2002 film Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge and worked sporadically, mainly focusing on his school work. In 2008 he won the starring role of Michael Berg in critically acclaimed film The Reader. For his part, he was nominated for various awards and went on to win the Sierra Award at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Youth in Film. Kross has worked since worked in both German and English speaking film roles, his most recent being War Horse, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and Into the White in which he portrayed Josef Auchtor. Early life Kross was born in Henstedt-Ulzburg, 20 miles north of Hamburg. He grew up in Bargteheide, where he attended Eckhorst High School until 2007. He has two brothers and one sister. He played basketball at the professional TSV between 2004 and 2006. Career His career started with a small appearance in the 2002 film Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge (English: Help, I'm a Boy!). In December 2003, he joined Blaues Wölkchen, a small group from a children's theatre in Bargteheide. His first major theatrical appearance was in Auftritt in Kirsten Martensens Inszenierung Von Hilfe. In 2005, Kross came to the attention of Detlev Buck through his daughter Bernadette, and auditioned for Tough Enough; Buck hired Kross to play the lead, a 15-year-old boy who moves with his mother from a rich neighborhood of Berlin (Zehlendorf) to the Neukoelln area, known at the time for its high number of Turkish immigrants and high crime level. Kross not only won praise at Berlinale in 2006, but also won Best Actor in Nuremberg at the 11th Filmfestival Deutschland/Tuerkei. In 2006, Kross worked again with Buck in the film Hands Off Mississippi (Hände weg von Mississippi in German), playing a baker apprentice. In the fall of the same year, he started shooting a film by Marco Kreuzpaintner, Krabat (The Satanic Mill in English). In this version of Otfried Preußler's children's book, Kross plays the title role, one of the apprentices of magic, with co-stars Daniel Brühl and Robert Stadlober. The film was released on September 19, 2007 in movie festivals and in October 2008 in theatres. In September 2007, The Reader began shooting in Berlin, Cologne, and Gorlitz. In Stephen Daldry's adaption of the best-selling novel by Bernhard Schlink, Kross plays the lead role of Michael Berg, opposite Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and Bruno Ganz. He had to learn to speak English to appear in the film. The world premiere was at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on December 3, 2008. The film was presented in the 2009 Berlinale but did not compete. In May 2009, Kross was honored for his performance in The Reader at the 62nd Cannes Festival, winning the Chopard trophy. Kross was nominated for an European Film Award as best actor. His next work was in Same Same But Different (2009), again with Buck directing. The script is based on an autobiographical article by Benjamin Prüfer. In July 2010, it was announced that Kross had been cast in Steven Spielberg's film, War Horse. Filming started in August 2010, in Dartmoor, Devon, U.K. and the film was released in December 2011. Personal life In 2009, Kross started a 3-year course of studies at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His plan was to improve his acting skills and his English. However he dropped out at the end of the same year due to the fact he wanted to concentrate on films. Since then, he has been living in Berlin-Mitte. Kross has expressed no desire to move to Hollywood, preferring to reside in Germany and continue making both German and English language films. ------------- zie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kross -------------

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Krabat

Krabat

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Measuring the World

Eugen Gauß

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Into The White

Unteroffizier Josef Schwartz

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Balloon

Günter Wetzel

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Boy 7

Sam (Boy 7)

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The Keeper

Bert Trautmann

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Knallhart

Michael Polischka

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Same Same But Different

Ben

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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

The Preacher

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Simpel

Simpel

Starring In
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Fifty Fifty - Eine Erziehungskomödie

Robin

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Home Sweet Home - Wo das Böse wohnt

Viktor

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Der Pfau

David Wächter

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A Stasi Comedy

Ludger Fuchs (jung)

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The King's Man

Moustached Man

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Prey

Roman

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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull

Marquis De Venosta

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Rising High

Viktor

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The Keeper

Bert Trautmann

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Balloon

Günter Wetzel

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Simpel

Simpel

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Halal Daddy

Jasper

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Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein

Herr Kiesling

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Race

Carl 'Luz' Long

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Die Akte General

Joachim Hell

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The Pasta Detectives 2

Rainer Kiesling (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Boy 7

Sam (Boy 7)

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Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten

Rainer Kiesling

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Angélique, Marquise des Anges

Le Roi / Louis XIV

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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

The Preacher

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Into The White

Unteroffizier Josef Schwartz

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Measuring the World

Eugen Gauß

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Anleitung zum Unglücklich sein

Benno

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War Horse

Gunther

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Das Blaue vom Himmel

Junger Osvalds Kalnins

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Same Same But Different

Ben

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Krabat

Krabat

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The Reader

Young Michael Berg

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Hände weg von Mississippi

Bäckerlehrling Bröckel

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Knallhart

Michael Polischka

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Help! I'm a Boy

Paddy (as David Kroß)

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