René grew up in Brooklyn, NY. After being offered a role in a European television series during some time spent living in Europe, he moved to Berlin, Germany, in 1999. Rene's first leading role was in the film SEPTEMBER, directed by the award-winning Max Färberböck, which garnered him a lot of attention at the 2002 Cannes International Film Festival where it premiered. He followed this up by playing the lead in Miguel Alexandre’s WITH LOVE FROM KASCHMIR, for which he was honored with one of Germany's most prestigious awards, the Grimme Prize for best actor in 2005. He also starred in CODE OF THE TEMPLARS, directed by Oscar nominated Florian Baxmeyer.
|won Grimme Award 2004 for GRÜSSE AUS KASCHMIR (shared with)|
|The Affair||Jeffrey Reiner|
|Sneaky Pete||Craig Zisk|
|Homeland (6 episodes)||-various-|
|Flesh & Bone||David Michôd|
|Believe - "Together"||Bart Freundlich|
|Die Frau des Schläfers||Edzard Onneken|
|Law and Order - "Human Flesh Search Engine"||Darnell Martin|
|Nurse Jackie||Steve Buscemi, Allen Coulter, Linda Wallem||recurring part|
|The Taking of Pelham 123||Tony Scott|
|Die Patin - "Kein Weg zurück"||Miguel Alexandre|
|Fay Grim||Hal Hartley|
|Grüsse aus Kaschmir||Miguel Alexandre|
|Languages||German, English (mother tongue), Italian, French (basics)|
|Residence||Berlin, New York|
|Place of birth||Germany|
|Height||1.75m (5' 8.9“)|
|Pitch of the voice||tenor|
|Sports||martial arts, boxing|
|Driving licence||car (B), motorcycle|
SAG Award nomination for HOMELAND
Congratulations for the nomination for the 2016 SAG Awards, shared 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series'.
René is shooting a recurring role for HOMELAND season 5 in Berlin, Germany.
Shooting KATIE FFORDE
René is shooting the leadpart for the german TV movie KATIE FFORDE – "Das Schweigen der Männer" (OT) in Bosten right now. The Network Movie Production is directed by Sigi Rothemund.
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