Thomas Kretschmann
Thomas Kretschmann 1
Did Fegelein shave his hair?

Known for

Playing the role of Fegelein, and possibly being a reincarnation of the Antic Master.


8 September 1962


Tom, Tommy, Fegel-Kretschmann


1.76 m
5' 9¼"

Thomas Kretschmann (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈkrəʧman]; born 8 September 1962) is a German actor.

Kretschmann was born in Dessau, former German Democratic Republic. Before he became an actor, Kretschmann trained to become an Olympic swimmer. At the age of 19, he left East Germany and began a month-long trek to West Germany to escape the East German state. During this trek he lost part of a finger, but it was surgically reattached. Kretschmann crossed four borders with nothing other than his passport and the equivalent of $100 in his possession.

At the age of 25, he began acting, starring in numerous European films and television series. In 1991, Kretschmann was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for best young actor for his role in Der Mitwisser. He went on to star in his first full length feature, the 1993 film Stalingrad. He achieved international recognition for his role as a rapist/murderer in Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome.

His best known roles are Hermann Fegelein in Der Untergang, Karl Dönitz in The Sinking of the Laconia, Captain Englehorn in the 2005 remake of King Kong, and Professor Zündapp in Cars 2.

He is well know for playing many German characters: Lieutenant Hans Von Witzland in the 1993 film Stalingrad, Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld in The Pianist, Otto Ernst Remer in the 2009 film Valkyrie, Adolf Eichmann in the 2007 movie Eichmann, Gunther Wassner in U-571, and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.

Notable Roles

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Der Mitwisser television film
Max Ophüls Prize for Best Young Actor
1993 Stalingrad Lieutenant Hans von Witzland Some of his more parodyable roles
Die Ratte Sven
1994 La Reine Margot Nançay
1995 Derrick Season 22 Episode 4 Teestunde mit einer Mörderin the husband of the murderess
1996 The Stendhal Syndrome Alfredo Grossi
1997 Prince Valiant Thagnar
1999 Esther: The Bible King Ahasuerus of Persia television film
2000 U-571 Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner
2002 Blade II Eli Damaskinos
The Pianist Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld
2003 24 Max
2004 In Enemy Hands First Watch Officer Ludwig Cremer
Immortel (Ad Vitam) Nikopol
Der Untergang SS-Obergruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
Resident Evil: Apocalypse Major Timothy Cain
The Karate Dog Gerber television film
Head in the Clouds Franz Bietrich
Frankenstein Victor Helios television film
2005 Schneeland Aron
Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II miniseries. Featured in one parody.
King Kong Captain Englehorn
2006 Rohtenburg Oliver Hartwin
  • Best Actor, Sitges 2006 (shared with co-star Thomas Huber)
  • Best Actor, PiFan 2007 (shared with co-star Thomas Huber)
The Celestine Prophecy Wil
24: The Game Max video game
2007 Next Mr. Smith
In Transit Max
Eichmann Adolf Eichmann
Bionic Woman The Man television series (episode one)
Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken Paul
2008 Wanted Cross
Transsiberian Kolzak
Mogadischu Kapitän Jürgen Schumann television film. Appeared in Staedty86 's Hitler travels by plane
Der Seewolf Kapitän Wolf Larsen television film
Valkyrie Otto Ernst Remer Also appeared in some parodies
2009 The Young Victoria King Leopold I of Belgium
King Conqueror Archbishop of Tarragona
Wanted: Weapons of Fate Cross video game
FlashForward Stefan Krieger television series
2010 The Nazi Officer's Wife Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner
Dare to Love Me Mariano
2011 Cars 2 Professor Zündapp voice
The Sinking of the Laconia Admiral Dönitz television film – BBC Productions. One of his more easily parodyable roles, as Dönitz sports the same haircut as Fegelein. Most notably used in Der Disneygang and The Antic Menace.
The Cape Gregor the Great television series
Hostel: Part III Flemming Direct-to-DVD
What a Man Jens
2012 Dracula 3D Dracula
The River Captain Kurt Brynildson television series
2013 Dracula Abraham Van Helsing

television series

Open Grave Lukas
Stalingrad (2013) Hauptmann Peter Kahn
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soilder Baron Wolfgang von Strucker Cameo (mid-credits scene)
Plastic (2014) Marcel
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
Hitman: Agent 47 Le Clerq Filming



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