August Diehl (born 4 January 1976) is a German actor, known, among other roles, for playing the Gestapo Sturmbannführer Dieter Hellstrom in Inglourious Basterds.
Diehl was born in Berlin. His father is actor Hans Diehl, his mother is a costume designer and his brother is a composer. His family was frequently moving around, while he grew up: the Diehls used to live in Hamburg, Vienna, Düsseldorf, Bavaria and France. Growing up in a family of artists, at the age of 18, he played Franz Mohr in a school theatre production of Die Räuber by Friedrich Schiller. After passing the Abitur exams, Diehl studied acting at the renowned Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. In 2000, Diehl was named one of European film’s “Shooting Stars” by the European Film Promotion. In 2006, Gala magazine named him “the most important German actor of today.”
Diehl is married to actress Julia Malik. On 23rd May 2009 the couple had a daughter, Elsa Augusta. He plays the guitar… read more
This man has so much more range than folks give him credit for. Yes, he plays creepy well, but he's also had some amazingly different roles with a bunch of depth. He's one of my favorite actors, hands down.