Ulrich Tukur

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Ulrich Tukur at the Grimme Prize 2015

Ulrich Tukur (* 29 July 1957 in Viernheim as Ulrich Gerhard Scheurlen ) is a German actor and musician .


Ulrich Tukur, a descendant of Gustav Schwab , grew up in Westphalia , Hesse and Lower Saxony . His father worked as an engineer for various power generators. His mother was a teacher. His parents described Tukur as "very stuffy, middle-class, Swabian". He spent his youth in Wedemark near Hanover . He graduated from high school in Großburgwedel in 1977 and graduated from high school during a student exchange with the American Field Service in Boston (USA). It was there that he met his future first wife, Amber Wood. After thisHe studied German , English and history at the University of Tübingen and worked, among other things, as a street musician. In Tübingen, at the age of 21, he went to a theater for the first time voluntarily, to a performance of the Threepenny Opera . Eventually he was discovered for the stage and began training in acting in 1980 at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart . After completing his acting studies in 1983, he was hired by the Heidelberg City Theaters . During his studies in Tübingen he was a member of the student association AV Igel .

Tukur got his stage name at the request of Michael Verhoeven , the director of his first feature film, at the beginning of his career. He derived it from an incident passed down in the family during the occupation of the Rhineland by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century, when a French officer named a newborn baby "Napoleon, tout court" (for 'Napoleon, very simple') as Napoleon Tukur Germanized.

Ulrich Tukur is married to the photographer Katharina John for the second time. From 1999 to 2019 they lived in Venice on the island of Giudecca and in the Tuscan village of Montepiano (town of Vernio ). Tukur's first marriage is the result of daughters Lilli and Marlene, who are both studying in the USA. In 2019 Tukur moved to the Schöneberg district of Berlin .

Artistic creation

Ulrich Tukur & the Rhythm Boys (2010), portrait by Manfred W. Jürgens

While still a student, Michael Verhoeven made it possible for him to take part in a film for the first time: In 1982, he played the students and members of the resistance group against the Nazi dictatorship Willi Graf in The White Rose . During a later engagement in Munich in Ferdinand Bruckner's Illness of Youth , Peter Zadek became aware of him, which resulted in a fruitful artistic collaboration that finally led to Tukur's breakthrough at the theater in 1984.

Tukur first played under Zadek at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin as SS officer Kittel in Joshua Sobol's play Ghetto . Later, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg became their artistic home for both of them - for Zadek as artistic director and for Tukur from 1985 to 1995 as a member of the ensemble in numerous leading and supporting roles. In particular, he was able to convince under Zadek in Shakespeare's As You Like It , as Marc Anton in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar , in Zadek's production of Lulu by Frank Wedekind as Alwa Schön and as Hamlet in the production by Michael Bogdanov . In 1986 he was named actor of the year by German theater critics. From 1995 to 2003 he was director of the Hamburger Kammerspiele together with Ulrich Waller , which he opened with the role of Beckmann in Wolfgang Borchert's Outside Front Door . From 1999 to 2001 he played the title role of Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the Salzburg Festival .

Ulrich Tukur is a member of the Free Academy of the Arts Hamburg . In March 2015 he was accepted as a member of the German Academy of Performing Arts .

Ulrich Tukur & the Rhythm Boys in a guest performance at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus , Hamburg , early 1990s

In 1995 he founded the Ulrich Tukur dance band and the Rhythm Boys , with whom he has played many tours and released various recordings. It operates under the name of the oldest boy band in the world and plays its own compositions and evergreens, with Tukur as singer, pianist and accordion player. The Rhythm Boys are Kalle Mews (drums, animal sounds), Ulrich Mayer (guitar, vocals) and Günter Märtens (double bass, guitar, vocals). "Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys" started a tour as musical ambassadors for Germany in Budapest, Belgrade and Ljubljana on April 24th, 2017.

In 2006, Tukur played the role of Lieutenant Colonel of the GDR - State Security Anton Grubitz in the Oscar- winning film The Lives of Others . In August 2009 it was announced that Tukur would take on a role as crime scene investigator Felix Murot for Hessischer Rundfunk . The first episode was broadcast on November 28, 2010, for the 40th anniversary of the Tatort .

In 2014 he took over the patronage of the German Television Crime Prize .

In October 2019 he published his first novel The Origin of the World .

Filmography (selection)



  • 1989: Ulrich Tukur: Tanzpalast , Sony
  • 1990: Ulrich Tukur plays Erik in the musical "Freudiana" at the Theater an der Wien
  • 1994: Ulrich Tukur, Joachim Witt and Achim Reichel , A friend is always a friend
  • 1998: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys: My longing is the beach bar , Metronome
  • 2001: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys, wonderful to be there , Tacheles! (Roofmusic) ( Gold in the German Jazz Award )
  • 2003: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys: Morphium , Tacheles! (Roofmusic) (Gold in the German Jazz Award)
  • 2003: Peter Lohmeyer & Fink with Ulrich Tukur: Bagdad Blues , Trocadero (Indigo)
  • 2006: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys: Music made me in love , Roofmusic
  • 2010: Ulrich Tukur: Mezzanotte , Deutsche Grammophon
  • 2011: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys: Music for weak hours , Trocadero (Indigo) (Gold in the German Jazz Award)
  • 2012: Music in the audio book Roger Willemsen : Das müde Glück , read by the author, as well as Sofia Brandt and Matthias Brandt , Tacheles Verlag, Bochum; 1 CD, 47 minutes
  • 2014: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys: It will never be like this again: Alive in concert , Trocadero (Indigo)
  • 2015: Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys: Let's Misbehave! , Trocadero (indigo)

Audio books


Ulrich Tukur (2009)



  • Gero von Boehm : Ulrich Tukur. November 14, 2010 . Interview In: Encounters. Images of man from three decades . Collection Rolf Heyne, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-89910-443-1 , pp. 730-739.

Web links

Commons : Ulrich Tukur  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. A conversation, Hitler is better than Bruno Ganz , with Die Welt on May 6, 2011.
  2. https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/kultur-vergnuegen/ulrich-tukur-in-meinen-buechern-wird-immer-viel-gestorben-li.1493
  3. https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/kultur-vergnuegen/ulrich-tukur-in-meinen-buechern-wird-immer-viel-gestorben-li.1493
  4. https://www.daserste.de/unterhaltung/talk/talk-am-dienstag/videos/koelner-treff-video-ut100.xml
  5. Which school for my child? , Supplement to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung from January 12, 2011, p. 12.
  6. Sunday, December 3, 2017, p. 9.
  7. Actor Ulrich Tukur owes his stage name to the French War. ( Memento from June 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) In: Stern from November 26, 2010.
  8. As of 2012. Ulrich Tukur at "Höchstpersönlich" on daserste.de ( Memento from July 20, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  9. https://www.bz-berlin.de/ Menschen/tukur-kehrt-venedig-den-ruecken-fuer-wohnung-mit-kohleoefen-in- berlin
  10. Ulrich Tukur and Die Rhythmus Boys on Balkan Tour , Kabarett-News.de, March 23, 2017. Accessed March 28, 2017.
  11. Welt.de: Ulrich Tukur becomes "Tatort" commissioner , queried on August 10, 2009.
  12. German TV Crime Prize is awarded. In: Website Frankfurter Neue Presse. March 14, 2014, accessed July 5, 2015 .
  13. https://www.ndr.de/kultur/buch/Ulrich-Tukurs-Debuet-Roman-Der-Ursprung-der-Welt,ursprungderwelt104.html
  14. Culture "The Dead in the Ice". In: Website Die Welt. May 13, 2013, accessed July 5, 2015 .
  15. Pinocchio. In: Website Kino.de. July 5, 2010, accessed July 5, 2015 .
  16. Gold / platinum database of the Federal Music Industry Association, accessed on November 19, 2015
  17. ^ Lower Saxony State Prize for Wilhelm Krull , in: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft from November 30, 2010.
  18. Helmut Glück , Walter Krämer , Eberhard Schöck (Ed.): German Language Culture Prize. Speeches and Speeches (2013) . IFB Verlag im Institut für Betriebslinguistik, Paderborn 2013, ISBN 978-3-942409-36-0 ( online as PDF, 1.3 MB ), pp. 30–41
  19. ^ Helmut Käutner Prize for Ulrich Tukur. In: Website State Capital Düsseldorf. May 22, 2015, accessed July 5, 2015 .
  20. Ulrich Tukur was awarded the TV Crime Prize in Wiesbaden