Ken Duken: Twenty Facts About the German Actor

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German Actors: Ken Duken

Ken Duken is a German Emmy-winning actor. In Europe, he became famous in his role as Anatole Kuragin in War and Peace (based on a novel by Tolstoi). He is internationally known for his small part as a German soldier in Inglorious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino.

Quick Facts About the German Actor Ken Duken

  • Ken Duken was born in Heidelberg.
  • He grew up “in the mountains”.
  • His father was a doctor and his mother actress Christina Loeb.
  • His name (Duken) is a north German seafarers name.
  • Duken wanted to become an actor since the age of 5.
  • He never attended an acting school.
  • Ken Duken hated school as a child. He attended a boarding school and later on an international school.
  • He began is career as a theatre actor.
  • Had his first casting at age 18.
  • Duken already shot movies in six different languages (English, German, Italian, Spanish, French and Norwegian).
  • For his role in Gran Paradiso, he completed a 3 month training in a wheelchair.
  • Ken Duken’s wife Marisa Leonie Bach is also an actress.
  • Duken and Bach have a son, born in 2009.
  • He has his own production company and is featuring music videos for German singers like for example Marius Müller-Westernhagen.
  • He is married since year 2000. Back then, Ken was only 21 years old.
  • In an Interview, he revealed that his friends organized bets on how long the marriage is going to last.
  • Ken Duken’s wife and son are descendants of famous German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
  • Ken Duken starred in and direct the movie Berlin Falling (2016). Its was his first movie direction.
  • He likes running.
  • Ken Duken told Tarantino, who offered him a smaller role in Inglorious Basterds as he auditioned for, that “I would also play a passing bullett for you”.
  • Ken Duken has an own website and official Facebook account.

Some Ken Duken Movies from 11 Different Production Countries

  • Gran Paradiso (Germany) – 2000.
  • Imperium: Augustus (Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, France, UK, TV) – 2003.
  • La fuga degli innocenti (Italy, TV) – 2004.
  • Karol, un uomo diventato Papa (Poland, Italy) – 2005.
  • Störtebeker (Spain, Germany, TV) – 2006.
  • War and Peace (Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Poland) – 2007 – Anatole Kuragin.
  • Inglourious Basterds (USA) – 2009.
  • Zweiohrküken (Germany) – 2009.
  • Kajinek (Czech Republic) – 2010.
  • Sotto il cielo di Roma (Italy, Germany, TV) – 2010.
  • Chalet Girl (UK, Germany, Austria) – 2011.
  • Northmen – A Viking Saga (Switzerland, Germany, South Africa) – 2014.
  • Arletty, une passion coupable (France, TV) – 2015.
  • Lovekvinnen (Norway) – 2016.
  • Berlin Falling (Germany) – 2016.
Featured Image: Ken Duken – Manfred Werner (Tsui) Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 3.0

February 13, 2017
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