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Born in Tyrol, Tobias Moretti began his musical studies at the High School for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna. Having completed his training as an actor at the Otto Falckenberg High School in Munich, he left his first engagement at the Hanover State Theater and returned to Munich to join Frank Baumbauer at the Residenz Theater there. He became a member of the Munich Chamber Players (Münchner Kammerspiele) in 1986, and it was there that he was celebrated for the title roles in Troilus und Cressida, Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher and Achternbusch’s The Frog, among others. After a number of successful guest appearances in Vienna, Moretti debuted there in 1995 at the Burg Theater in Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal.
Since the early 90’s, Mr. Moretti has been increasingly active in film and television. After several years in a successful TV series, he appeared in such films as: Workaholic (directed by Sharon von Wietersheim), Krambambuli (Xaver Schwarzenberger), Deadly Enemies (“Todfeinde”/Oliver Hirschbiegel), Swabian Children (“Schwabenkinder”/Jo Baier) and Jürgen Flimm’s modern adaptation of Kate of Heilbronn (“Käthchen von Heilbronn”). Along with those, were award-winning TV movies, such as Peter Keglevic’s Dance with the Devil (“Tanz mit dem Teufel”), Henning Mankell’s The Return of the Dancing Master (directed by Urs Egger) and his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in Heinrich Breloer’s docu-drama, He and Speer (“Speer und Er”). His most recent TV projects include: The Last Judgment (“Das jüngste Gericht”, directed by Urs Egger and co-starring Christoph Waltz), Geisterfahrer (Lars Becker), Mobbing (Nicole Weegmann), Das Zeugenhaus (Matti Geschonneck), All Meat is Grass (“Alles Fleisch ist Gras” – Reinhold Bilgeri) and Berlin 1 (“Mordkommission Berlin 1” – Marvin Kren). In the cinema, Tobias was last seen in Wish For Love (“Der Liebeswunsch” directed by Torsten Fischer), I, Don Juan (“Io, Don Giovanni” – Carlos Saura), The Film without a Conscience “Jud Süß – Film ohne Gewissen” – Oskar Roehler), The Dark Valley (“Das finstere Tal” – Andreas Prochaska), The Mind’s Weavings (“Hirngespinster” – Christian Bach), The Vampire on the Couch (“Der Vampir auf der Couch” – David Rühm) and Eternal Life (“Das ewige Leben” – Wolfgang Murnberger).
Concurrent with his film career, Tobias Moretti remains active in the theater, for example, as the “Devil/Good Fellow” in the Salzburg Festival’s Everyman (2002-2005), the starring role in the 2001 world premiere of Botho Strauss’s Pancomedia at the Schauspielhaus in Bochum (directed by Matthias Hartmann), the title role in Martin Kusej’s award-winning production of Grillparzer’s King Ottokar at the Salzburg Festival in 2005 and, until 2009, at Vienna’s Burg Theater. 2009 – 2012 Moretti was Faust (directed by Matthias Hartmann) at the Burg, and from 2011 to 2014, he played “Friedrich Hofreiter” in Schnitzler’s The Far Off Land (“Das weite Land” – Martin Kusej) at the Bavarian State Theater. From 2012 to 2016 he appeared as the “Border Guard” (Grenzjäger) in She Devil (“Weibsteufel” – Martin Kusej) and in January 2016 as “Macheath” in Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera (conducted by Johannes Kalitze, staged by Keith Warner). Additionally, he staged Haydn‘s Il mondo della luna at Theater an der Wien in 2009 (conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt). This was his third joint venture with Maestro Harnoncourt, having previously done Mozart’s Zaide at the Salzburg Festival in 2005 and La finta giardiniera at the Zurich Opera House in 2006.
Tobias Moretti’s numerous achievements have earned him many accolades: Actor of the Year from the Bavarian Academy of Arts (1987), the Bavarian Film Prize (1995), the Golden Lion (1996), the Silver Tulip (1997), the Italian Telegatto, the Bavarian Television Prize (1999), the Grimme Award (2000, 2002), as well as several Romys – the Austrian Film Award. In 2006, he received the most important German theater award, the Gertrud Eysoldt Ring, from the German Academy for Performing Arts for his performance as King Ottokar. In 2014, he was – once again – awarded the Bavarian Film Prize, this time for The Dark Valley and The Mind’s Weavings. Moretti’s performance in The Dark Valley was also awarded the German Film Prize; and in 2015, he received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Acting” from the Diagonale and the Bambi Award for Das Zeugenhaus.