Martin Umbach


Martin was drawn to the performing arts through a highschool production of Max Frisch's "Nun singen sie wieder". His role as the cultured and yet deeply evil SS officer Herbert was so contradictory to his own values and beliefs that he experienced a spiritual crisis - and yet it gave him the greatest of joys to BE that other person. This made him give up on the idea to become a jazz musician and he studied acting. In 1978 he was hired to be a member of a smalltown repertoire theater for three years before he went freelance. He has been working in theatre, television, movies and radio ever since. Soon he started to work in international productions opposite actors like Jean-Paul Belmondo, Christopher Walken, Jeremy Irons and Klaus Maria Brandauer. German audiences saw him in highly acclaimed pictures like ROULA (dir. Martin Enlen) and ANTIBODIES (dir. Christian Alvart). Martin is also known for his voice work. He borrows his German voice for George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem, Kenneth Branagh, Geoffrey Rush and many others. His love for literature is met when he records audio books. Over the years he wrote many stage plays, movie scripts and novels. Together with Michael Seyfried he conceived and wrote the 13-volumes astrological crime series SPIEL DER STERNE, published at Rowohlt Verlag. In Los Angeles he is currently negotiating a TV production of the series for the American market. IMDb Pro IMDb

Credits Include

Genius: EINSTEIN Ron Howard
Out of Control Richard LIn, Axel Sand
Dusky Paradise Gregory Kirchhoff
The Boardroom Benjamin Quabeck pilot
Antibodies Christian Alvart
The House of the Spirits Bille August
The Neverending Story II - The Next Chapter George Miller
Das Spinnennetz Bernhard Wicki
Witness in the War Zone Nathaniel Gutmann
Paradigma Krzystof Zanussi

Personal Data

Languages German (mother tongue), English (fluent), French, Italian (basics)
Residence Munich
Place of birth Germany
Nationality German
Height 1.73m (5' 8.1“)
Hair black/grey
Eyes brown
Musical instruments guitar, percussion, transverse flute
Sports horse-riding, sailing, skiing, sailbording
Driving licence car (B)
German dubbing voice of Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Gabriel Byrne, Quentin Tarantino, Jeff Goldblum, among others

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Interview ENGLISH | go to video's page

Trailer DUSKY PARADISE | go to video's page

Nov 16


Martin Umbach has been in Prague to shoot the new British TV series GENIUS: EINSTEIN. It is the first ever scripted series of National Geographic Channel. Academy Award Winner Ron Howard directs the series, whose maiden season will focus on famous physicist Albert Einstein, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography "Einstein: His Life and Universe".

Mar 05

"Fesselnde Interpretation beim Leseexperiment" - Münchener Merkur


Dec 12

"George Clooney spricht jetzt Rhett Butler" - WELT online

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Dec 12

"Rhett, George und ich" - WELT online


"Martin Umbach - der Star, der schwer zu greifen ist

Martin Umbach - der Star, der schwer zu greifen ist

MARTIN UMBACH (© Bernd Brundert)
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