Joachim Tennstedt

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Joachim Tennstedt (2011)

Joachim "Hucky" Tennstedt (born October 10, 1950 in West Berlin ) is a German actor , dubbing and radio drama speaker and dialogue director . He is one of the most prominent and well-known contemporary speakers in German-speaking countries. He is best known as the German fixed voice of actors Jeff Bridges , John Malkovich , James Belushi , Billy Crystal , Michael Keaton , Anthony Daniels , Bruce Boxleitner , William H. Macy , Billy Bob Thornton , Keith Carradine and Tom Hanks (since 2013, before from 1987 to 1988). From 1981 to 2006 he was also the German voice of Mickey Rourke .


Theater, film and television

Joachim Tennstedt took ballet lessons at an early age. Without acting training, he got his first role in the still young medium of television in 1963, as Jürgen in Stadtpark next to Inge Meysel . From 1966 to 1971 he acted as a theater actor at the Berliner Kammerspiele . From 1968 he appeared in Curth Flatow's comedy Das Geld ist auf der Bank in the Berlin Hebbel Theater , later also at the Berlin Hansa and Renaissance Theater , including in Georges Feydeau's How to hunt rabbits alongside Heribert Sasse (1981) and as Woody Allen in his play Mach's once again, Sam (1982), which was filmed in 1972 . In addition, Tennstedt appeared with Randolf Kronberg in the Berlin cabaret Die Wühlmäuse . Parallel to his work at the theater, Tennstedt worked in television productions such as Der große Tag der Berta Laube (1969), Lukas & Sohn (1989) and Die Judenbuche (1990) as well as in films such as Why the UFOs steal our salad (1980), Ein Chinese sucht his murderer (1986) and a Swiss named Nötzli (1988).


Discovered by director Michael Miller during a theatrical performance, Tennstedt made his debut in 1972 in his first dubbing role in the horror film The Last House on the Left . At the beginning of the 1980s he increasingly concentrated on dubbing and became one of the most sought-after speakers in contemporary film and television in Germany. In 2011 he ranked fourth in the Kaul dubbing list of the most cast dubbing actors since 1934. His previous roles are broad and range from cartoon characters of all kinds (e.g. 1975 Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle ) to comedic roles, such as The voice of Tom Hanks in the original dubbed version of Gift Is Still Too Expensive (1986), Schlappe Bullen Don't Bite (1987) or Big (1988), to roles in the character field like Dustin Hoffman as autistic in Rain Man (1988) and John Malkovich as a mentally retarded person in Von Mäusen und Menschen (1992). Since 1988 he has been Malkovich's permanent German dubbing voice, since Batman (1989) also for Michael Keaton and since These two cannot be believed (1986) for comedian Billy Crystal . Since Mein Partner mit der Kalten Schnauze (1989), Joachim Tennstedt can also be heard frequently for James Belushi , including in all eight seasons of the sitcom Jim Always Again (since 2005). From 1981 to 2006 he was also regularly used for the synchronization of Mickey Rourke . Following Stormbreaker , however, Tennstedt decided not to be available for future projects by the actor. As a reason he cited Rourke's changed appearance, which he felt no longer matched his voice. Other actors to whom Joachim Tennstedt lends his voice regularly include Jeff Bridges , Eric Roberts , Keith Carradine , Michael Dudikoff , William H. Macy and Christopher Lambert . His cast attracted attention to Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), which occurred due to an illness of the regular speaker Arne Elsholtz and whom he spoke again in the film Bridge of Spies - The Negotiator . In the film adaptation of the literature, Cloud Atlas (2012), he dubbed Hanks in six different roles. He is also known for his synchronization of Anthony Daniels in the role of C-3PO in the classic Star Wars trilogy, which he took over again during a brief guest appearance of the character in The LEGO Movie , after it was in the prequel trilogy was synchronized by Wolfgang Digit . From the first part of the sequel trilogy Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , he took over this role again.

Due to numerous engagements, Joachim Tennstedt also showed a sustained presence in the series landscape. He took on the dubbing of leading actors such as Pat John as Jesse Jim in Strandpiraten (1976), Jameson Parker as AJ Simon in Simon & Simon (1986–1990), Bruce Boxleitner as Lee Stetson in Agentin mit Herz (1986–1990) and as John J. Sheridan in Babylon 5 (1995-2000) and Kyle Chandler as Gary Hobson in Alone Against the Future (1997-2001). Since 2009 he has dubbed Bryan Cranston as Walter Hartwell White in Breaking Bad , since 2011 William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless . Tennstedt set to music in cartoon productions including Adam in Once Upon a Time ... the Man (1978), Speedy Gonzales in The Fastest Mouse of Mexico (1979), Jolly Jumper in Lucky Luke (1985) and Gustav Gans in DuckTales - News from Duckburg (1989– 1992).

Since the beginning of the 2000s, dubbing for film and television has also been part of Tennstedt's department. He has drawn for the dubbed versions of cinema productions such as Good Will Hunting (1997), Life is Beautiful (1997), The Silent American (2002), Identity (2003) and the Spider-Man trilogy as well as the TV series CSI: Las Vegas , 24 and lie to me in charge. For About Schmidt (2002), Tennstedt was nominated in the category “Outstanding Dubbing Director” 2003 for the German Prize for Dubbing . For the third part of the StarCraft II video game series , he lent the main character Artanis his voice in the German version.

radio play

In addition to his work in the dubbing studio, Tennstedt works as a speaker in radio play productions , including the role of Sherlock Holmes in the radio play series of the same name by Titania Medien, as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the eponymous episode of the radio play series Horror Cabinet and in the children's radio play series Xanti as Picus Stachel. In The Vampire by John Polidori Tennstedt took on the role of Lord Byron, in Hellboy the character of Abe Sapien. In the audio book version of the film Der Tunnel , produced by Roland Suso Richter , Tennstedt acted as the narrator. In the radio play adaptation of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy , he once again lent his voice to the droid C-3PO. In the radio play series Morgan & Bailey he embodies the pastor Charles Morgan.

Private life

Joachim Tennstedt is married and has two sons. The family lives in Berlin. His son Julian also works as a speaker and can be heard, for example, together with his father in the radio play Die Gloria Scott by Titania Medien as a young Sherlock Holmes , while his father speaks him as an older man.


Synchronous rollers (selection)

Anthony Daniels

Jeff Bridges

Bryan Cranston



Radio plays (selection)




  • 2011: The Silhouette in the category “Best Synchronized Director of a Series” for Lie to me


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Program booklet Hebbel Theater: Curth Flatow: The money is in the bank. Second-hand bookshop, accessed on March 10, 2012.
  2. Interview with Joachim Tennstedt on May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Winner of the German Prize for Synchron 2003 (pdf; 47 kB), accessed on March 10, 2012.
  4. Popshot: The record hodgepodge October 2016 (with a.o. Goldroger and Big Famili) - Popshot . In: Popshot . ( [accessed on November 10, 2016]).

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