Jophi Ries

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Jophi Ries (born December 13, 1959 in Hamburg ) is a German actor and director .


After graduating from high school , Ries worked on various stage shows with Udo Lindenberg as assistant director on his tours.

From 1982 to 1986 he studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio ( HB Studio ) in New York , with Uta Hagen , Herbert Berghof , William Hickey and Mike Nichols , among others . He has been working as a freelance actor since 1986.

His first major appearance was in the 1988 television series Tatort ( Programmed for Murder ) and the movie The Next Man Everything Will Be Different . From 1992 to 1994 he played in the ARD series Der Fahnder the continuous series lead role of undercover investigator Gregor "Solo" Solomon . In 1991 he played a leading role in the movie Manta - The Movie . He took on another leading role from 1995 to 1999 in the ZDF series Der Kapitän with Robert Atzorn . This was followed in 1997 by the main role in the ZDF series Die Mordkommission and in 1999 a main role in the series Die Zielfahnder . From 2000 to 2004 he also played a leading role as Jochen Overbeck (father of Fiete and Vivi and husband of Anne Overbeck ) in the children's and youth series Die Pfefferkörner .

From 2003 to 2011 Jophi Ries played the chief inspector "Frank Hansen" in the ZDF series SOKO Cologne .

In addition to his work as an actor, Jophi Ries made several short films as a director . His short film Immer with Nadja Tiller and Walter Giller , which he also produced himself, was nominated for the German Short Film Award and has been shown at over 40 film festivals.

In 2015 he directed the ZDF film A Summer in Lanzarote and in 2016 the Cecelia Ahern film adaptation A Moment for Life .

Jophi Ries is a member of the German Film Academy . He lives with his Swiss wife Regula Grauwiller , who is also an actress, and their three children (born in 2000, 2002 and 2004) in Liestal (Canton Basel-Landschaft).


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