Andreas Pietschmann - Biography


Andreas Pietschmann is a German actor  who could be best described as a late developer. The Journey that led Andreas Pietschmann to become an actor first took him to the changing rooms of a Franconian third league football club, then to the lecture halls of a university in France, and finally to an armored division of the German armed forces. Then, during the performance of "Die Feuerzangenbowle" (a hot drink made with wine and rum) he had to belch loudly and clearly, which at the age of 24 paved the way for his future as an actor. Later he was picked out and brought on stage by renowned theatre managers such as Leander Haußmann and Ulrich Khuon, Christoph Marthaler and Armin Petras, who let him do what he does best: Act. Currently Andreas Pietschmann´s success has brought him roles on TV, film and stage.

"Damn, I'm not any different from them"
In 1969, Andreas was born into an academic family in Wurzburg. He was the most rebellious and the loudest – and that is saying something - of a total of six children in the Pietschmann household.
His parents placed great emphasis on a humanistic education. Andreas had to learn Greek and Latin, there was no way out. Moreover, the Pietschmann mother had a habit of making her sons wear the same style of clothing, which in fact made the Pietschmann boys easily recognizable. Meanwhile, they have long ago adopted their own style, but still share a strong brotherhood bond. When he reflects on the many fierce battles he fought against his parents as a rebel teenager, he can only draw on one conclusion, “After all, I'm not any different from them”.

“Hey, you goin´ to your theater again?”

Actually, back in those days, Andreas had a different stage in mind:  the great international football stage. He was a Wusler (a hustler), a scorer, a rough diamond. At that time, when he played for “Kickers Würzburg”, the fans murmured in the stands: "That one will be a top footballer one day!". It did not however pan out, he would have had to step on it, lift dumb bells, exercise more, give everything for football. For him the price was too high. Theatre and acting were much more important for Andreas. In the Kickers’ dressing room his teammates smirked at him saying: “Hey, you goin´ to your theatre again? Lickin boots?”   - Football has nevertheless remained a passion. Moreover, he owes to the “Kickers” an important feature: it has made him a team player. After all, this is also very important when it comes to acting. On stage, "Hamlet" or "Roberto Zucco" cannot alone dazzle by themselves.

"I always want to play"

At first in the sandbox, later at football and finally in the theatre: Play, play, play. That feeling of being someone else, of slipping into another role, of experiencing a pseudo-reality - that is the most fascinating. But everything must be right.

For the ARD film "Die Verlorenen" (The Lost Ones) in which Andreas played the male lead, he had to learn to juggle with burning torches.  Therefore, he travelled to Italy for an international juggling meeting, where he sought out a teacher and practiced for six weeks. Everywhere! For example, if he had to wait for a train at the train station, he would take out the torches and juggle on the platform. "That looked very strange, especially at first when I frequently made mistakes and all the torches would fall on the ground”,  said Andreas. But this is his commitment to the roles he plays, his commitment to the profession that gives him that drive. It enables him to step up to a new challenge every time. Especially when he can combine his two passions – football and drama - as, for instance, in the feature film "FC Venus".

From  playing with “Kickers” to becoming an actor - the awakening experience
He was on his way to the army for duty, driving a little too fast. The car skided on ice, ran off the road and overturned several times. Luckily, Andreas escaped unhurt. The accident was a shock, and it became clear to him, in his own words: “I have been given a second life.” From that moment on he knew what he wanted, namely “to be an actor”. He went straight to the Wurzburg Off-Theater "Chambinzky". There he introduced himself to the director and said, "I want to sign up!". The director asked, "Well, who are you?”. “Have you ever acted before at all?". "No!" was the reply. “I am a football player for the Kickers Wurzburg and still doing my military service”. They sat down and drank a couple of beers, after which Andreas got the job. At the same time, Andreas studied Romance Languages and Philology. At 24, he applied to enroll into a drama school in Bochum, where they were very impressed with him. As a result, he dropped his studies in philology and became what he always wanted to be: an actor.

Profoundness and a beautiful face

“Rumour has it that beautiful people can not be profound”, said director Leander Haussmann. This also referred to Andreas, but he did his best to dispel these rumours. Even during his training at the Schauspielhaus Bochum in 1995, Andreas was cast by Haussmann to play roles in big productions such as "Danton's Death", "Phaedra", "Much Ado About Nothing", "John Gabriel Borkman”, and especially in "Roberto Zucco", where Andreas played the role of the murderer with an innocent face. After this "intensive time" in Bochum, Andreas moved to the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, where football fan and director Ulrich Khuon gave him the chance to work with directors like Stephan Kimmig, Martin Kusej and Armin Petras.

The all-rounder

The profession of an actor offers many opportunities, and Andreas uses them to their best advantage. Fearless and curious, is what best describes his approach to know about everything. Aside from classical theatre, Andreas lends his voice to audio books, produces challenging radio drama features. The Sat-1 series “GSG 9” made him known to a wider public. Andreas's character was part of a special unit that was deployed to counter assassinations, kidnappings of politicians and embassy attacks. The series was a success with both the critics and the public. He also appeared in the TV-series "Tatort" (“Crime Scene”) and Polizeiruf, the children's series "4 gegen Z” (Four against Z), the romantic comedies “Vorzimmer zur Hölle“ (“Anteroom to Hell”) and “Get up Doctor and come out”, the event movies “Die Patin” (The Godmother), “Böseckendorf” and “Hindenburg”, and in feature films like “Sonnenallee” (Sun Alley) and "FC Venus", "Die geliebten Schwestern" and in french Cine-movie "Belle & Sébastien". In "Maria", an international film adaption of the bible, Andreas Pietschmann plays the role of Jesus Christ.

Andreas lives with actress and singer Jasmin Tabatabai in Berlin. Together, they have a daughter and a son.
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