Gedeon Burkhard (born 3 July 1969) is a German film and television actor. Although he has appeared in numerous films and TV series in both Europe and the US, he is probably best recognised for his role as Alexander Brandtner in the Austrian/German television series Kommissar Rex (1997–2001), which has been aired on television in numerous countries around the world, or as Corporal Wilhelm Wicki in the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. He is also well recognised for his role as Chris Ritter in the long-running series Alarm für Cobra 11.

Gedeon Burkhard
Gedeon Burkhard 2007-01-09 Berlin ThePursuitOfHappyness-Premiere-2.jpg
Burkhard at the Berlin premiere of The Pursuit of Happyness, 2007
Born (1969-07-03) 3 July 1969 (age 50)
Munich, West Germany
(now Germany)
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Birgit Cunningham
Katjuscha Wladimirowna (twice divorced)

Life and careerEdit

Gedeon Burkhard was born in Munich, West Germany, the son of German actress Elisabeth von Molo (then Burkhard) and Wolfgang Burkhard, a great-grandson of Alessandro Moissi, famous Albanian actor of the 20th century.[1] Gedeon was educated at a boarding school in England and began his acting career in 1979 in the German TV film Tante Maria. His father, Wolfgang Burkhard, is his manager.[citation needed]

During the 1990s, he lived in the U.S.A, working in several productions, but without much recognition. Burkhard married Birgit Cunningham only to divorce three months later.[2] After that, he lived in Vienna for Kommisar Rex for more than five years, before moving to Berlin for work reasons. Burkhard was working in Cologne on the TV series Alarm für Cobra 11 as the detective Chris Ritter, until the end of his contract in November 2007. His character Chris Ritter had a heroic death. He then returned to Berlin, to be close to his daughter and to work in new projects. He said: "For the moment I will dedicate myself again fully to my artistic vagabond life in Berlin".[3] Burkhard appeared in the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglourious Basterds. In February 2009, he was shooting the film Massel, made for German television. In 2011, he was in Rome, shooting an Italian mini TV series of 6 chapters Caccia al Re – La narcotici, in which he plays a drug investigator, Daniele Piazza.

In 2011, he competed in Ballando con le Stelle, the Italian version of "Dancing with the Stars", accompanied by professional Italian dancer Samanta Togni, in which he danced with his "daughter" Laura Glavan.

Gedeon Burkhard is in a relationship with a German woman, Katjuscha Burkhard (Wladimirowna).


  • Tante Maria (1979) (TV)
  • Und ab geht die Post (1981) (TV)
  • Blut und Ehre: Jugend unter Hitler (a.k.a. Blood and Honor: Youth Under Hitler (USA)) (1982) (TV)
  • Nordlichter: Geschichten zwischen Watt und Wellen (1983) TV Series
  • Der Passagier - Welcome to Germany (a.k.a. The Passenger - Welcome to Germany, a.k.a. Welcome to Germany (USA)) (1988)
  • Der Fahnder: Hendriks Alleingang (1988) TV Episode
  • Forsthaus Falkenau: Frühlingsföhn (1989) TV Episode (as Gedeon Burkhart) & Ein neuer Anfang (1989) TV Episode (as Gedeon Burkhart)
  • Zwei Frauen (a.k.a. Silence Like Glass (USA)) (1989)
  • Šípková Ruženka (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty (Europe: English title)) (1989)
  • Sekt oder Selters (1990) TV Series
  • The New Adventures of Black Beauty (1990) TV Series
  • Náhrdelník (a.k.a. The Necklace (Europe: English title)) (1992) TV Series
  • Kleine Haie (a.k.a. Acting It Out, a.k.a. Little Sharks) (1992)
  • Sommerliebe (1993) (TV)
  • Mein Mann ist mein Hobby (1993) (TV)
  • Abgeschminkt! (a.k.a. Making Up! (USA)) (1993)
  • La piovra, season 7 [it] (1994) (mini) TV Series
  • Affären (1994)
  • Verliebt, verlobt, verheiratet (1994) TV Series
  • Der König: Tod eines Schmetterlings (1994) TV Episode
  • Ein Fall für zwei: Kleiner Bruder (1995) TV Episode
  • Magenta (1996)
  • Wem gehört Tobias? (a.k.a. In the Wrong Hands (USA)) (1996)
  • SOKO 5113: Polterabend (1996) TV Episode
  • Polizeiruf 110: Die Gazelle (1996) (TV)
  • 2 Männer, 2 Frauen - 4 Probleme!? (a.k.a. Four for Venice, a.k.a. Two Women, Two Men (USA)) (1998)
  • The Brylcreem Boys (1998)
  • Gefährliche Lust - Ein Mann in Versuchung (1998) (TV)
  • Kommissar Rex (a.k.a. Inspector Rex (Australia), a.k.a. Rex: A Cop's Best Friend (UK)) (1997–2001)
  • Superfire (2002) (TV)
  • Zwei Affären und eine Hochzeit (2002) (TV)
  • We'll Meet Again (2002) (TV)
  • Yu (2003)
  • Das bisschen Haushalt (2003) (TV)
  • Der Wunschbaum (2004) (mini) TV Series
  • Der Vater meines Sohnes (2004) (TV)
  • Utta Danella - Eine Liebe in Venedig (2005) (TV)
  • Der Todestunnel (2004) (TV)
  • Leipzig Homicide: Die Moorleiche (2005) TV Episode
  • Goldene Zeiten (2006) … Misha Hahn
  • Der letzte Zug (2006) … Henry Neumann
  • Alarm für Cobra 11 (2006/2007) (TV) … Chris Ritter
  • Märzmelodie (2007) (movie) … Florian (lead)
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009) (USA movie) … Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki
  • So ein Schlamassel (2009) German TV Film … Patrick Silberschatz
  • La Narcotici (2009) Italian TV Series … Chief Daniele Piazza (lead)
  • Bridges (2010) German animated short film-noir … Captain Saul Bridges (lead)
  • Inga Lindström - Millionäre küsst man nicht (2010) German TV Film … Tomas Lindberg (lead)
  • Ohne Gnade (2010) German movie … Ronzo (supporting role)
  • Wunderkinder (2010) German movie … Boris Brodsky (lead)
  • Shades of Truth (2015)[4] by Liana Marabini (Condor Pictures) … Father Roberto
  • Lída Baarová (Devil's Mistress) (2016) Czech film … Gustav Fröhlich


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  2. ^ Beth Hale, 'The Roedean girl who lost her way on Sunset Strip' in The Daily Mail dated 24 January 2011
  3. ^ "Gedeon Burkhard stirbt den Heldentod -". Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
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