Alexander Held

Alexander Held


Gerald Alexander Held is a German actor. He is internationally best known for his historical depictions, as Walther Hewel in the 2004 film Der Untergang, Robert Mohr in the 2005 film Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage and as state prosecutor Siegfried Buback in the 2008 film Der Baader Meinhof Komplex.

During his school years, Held was a solo singer of the Regensburger Domspatzen, and played football for TSV 1860 München, winning five youth championships. He finished his acting training at the Otto Falckenberg School of the Performing Arts in Munich, and then joined the Munich Kammerspiele. Further engagements at the Staatsschauspiel Hannover, the Freien Volksbühne Berlin, the Theater Basel, and the Salzburg Festival followed.

In 1993, Held was cast by director Klaus Emmerich in Morlock in his first television film role. Since then he has appeared in numerous cinema and TV productions, including Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, Marc Rothemund's Sophie Scholl - The Last Days, and Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall. In the Sat.1 series Der Bulle von Tölz with Ottfried Fischer, he played a Social Democratic Party of Germany Bundestag member, who mostly has to look after his opponents in the "Bavarian Unity Party".

In 2007, he starred alongside Iris Berben as the greedy villain Heinrich von Strahlberg in the two-part TV film Afrika, mon amour. In 2008, he played Alois Kugler, the opponent of Brandner Kaspar, in the film of the same name, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. In 2009, he played the politically tactical abbot Kuno in the Margarethe von Trottas film Vision alongside Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, and Hannah Herzsprung, and in the same year, he was seen in Sönke Wortmann's Pope Joan as the Frankish Emperor Lothar I. In 2010, he played the Attorney General Dr. Sasse alongside Ulrich Tukur in Dieter Wedel's two-part TV film Gier. Since 2010, he has starred in the crime series Stralsund as the head commissioner Karl Hidde. Since 2014, he has played the lead role of head commissioner Ludwig Schaller in the crime series München Mord.

Held's father was actor José Held, who died in 1974. From December 2005, Held was married to German actress Patricia Gräfin Fugger von Babenhausen (1961–2014).

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