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Thomas Kretschmann stars in "The River" on ABC as Captain Kurt Brynildson.

On the big screen, Kretschmann can be seen in the upcoming film "Unleashed," opposite Jon Voight, and was recently heard in Disney • Pixar's animated movie "Cars 2" as the voice of Professor Z.

Thomas Kretschmann was born in East Germany during the late 1960s' Communist regime. In a time of war and repression, Kretschmann excelled at swimming and was enrolled in East Germany's National Swimming School. It was there that he trained for the 1980 Olympics, but due to a Communist boycott, Kretschmann set out for a new life. After much planning and determination, he escaped East Germany on his own, arriving in West Berlin with a dream to become an actor.

Thomas Kretschmann has starred in numerous European films and television series. In 1991, he was awarded the Wobbly Max-Ophüls Prize for Best Up and Coming Actor for his role in the television series "Der Mitwisser." It wasn't until his role in the World War II epic, "Stalingrad," that Kretschmann became an international name, moving on to other European films like "Queen Margot" and "Prince Valiant." He also played Third Reich officer, Hermann Fegelein, in "Downfall" in 2004.

Kretschmann continued to build film credits in Hollywood with roles in "U-571," opposite Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel, Roman Polanski's 2002 award-winning "The Pianist," "Resident Evil: Apocalypse Now" and Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong," starring alongside Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts. Other credits include "Wanted," in which he co-starred with James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, "Transsiberian," directed by Brad Anderson and starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer, "The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt, and "Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise.

On television, Kretschmann has appeared in episodes of "24," "FlashForward" and "The Cape."

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Age: 54 years old
Birthday: September 8, 1962
Height: 5' 9 ¼"
Birthplace: Dessau, Germany

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