Jan Josef Liefers

Jan Josef Liefers

Darsteller, Regie, Musik, Produzent
*08.08.1964 Dresden

Biography

Jan Josef Liefers, born August 8, 1964 in Dresden, started out as a carpenter but then attended actor's training at Hochschule Ernst Busch in Berlin from 1983 to 1987. He performed at Deutsches Theater in Berlin until 1990 before he became a cast member at Hamburg's Thalia Theater. Liefers made his TV debut as Alexander von Humboldt in "Die Besteigung des Chimborazo" (1989). In 1997, Liefers starred in two enormously successful comedies, as a shy cancer patient in "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", and as a romancing society man in "Rossini".

After several other movies like the underrated horror thriller "Sieben Monde" ("Night Time") or the frivolous comedy "666 – Traue keinem mit dem du schläfst" ("666: In Bed with the Devil") flopped at the box office, Liefers made a successful return to television and starred in TV movies such as "Die Sturmflut" or "Der Untergang der Pamir". In 2004, Liefers won a Grimme award for his portrayal of a miner in "Das Wunder von Lengede". Since 2002, Liefers also appears regularly as Professor Boerne in the Münster branch of the "Tatort" crime film series. Liefers also directed several TV films: the romantic comedy "Jacks Baby" (1999) which won the Bavarian film award, and the comedy "Frauenversteher – Männer unter sich". In 2007, Liefers returned to the cinema and starred in two eagerly awaited films: the highly praised children's book adaptation "Max Minsky und ich" ("Max Minsky and Me") and the star-studded comedy "Bis zum Ellenbogen".

The following year, he played journalist Peter Homann in Uli Edel's "Baader Meinhof Komplex". He got rave reviews for his portrayal of legendary TV chef Clemens Wilmenrod in the TV production "Es liegt mir auf der Zunge" (2009). He delivered an award-winning performance as a Jewish bookseller in WWII Sweden in the drama "Simon", which was released in Germany in 2012. The same year, he appeared alongside Wotan Wilke Möhring and Jasmin Great in Marc Rothemund's comedy "Mann tut was Mann kann" ("Men Do What They Can"), playing a philandering husband who is eventually expulsed by his wife and sets up camp in his best friend's home.

Liefers continued to portray the extravagant Professor Boerne in the immensely successful "Tatort" series, a character highly popular with audiences and a true signature role for the actor. Liefers also got rave reviews for his performance in the TV adaptation of Uwe Tellkamp's novel "Der Turm" (2012), which won him the 2013 Grimme Award. The same year, he starred in Wolfgang Murnberger's "Die Spätzünder 2", and in 2014, he appeared opposite Henry Hübchen and Alina Levshin in "Der Mann ohne Schatten".

After a cameo in Til Schweiger's tragicomedy "Honig im Kopf" ("Head Full of Honey", 2014), Liefers reprised his role from the comedy "Mann tut was Mann kann" for the sequel "Da muss Mann durch" (2014). His next projects included "Mara und der Feuerbringer" ("Mara and The Firebringer", 2015) and the black comedy "Desaster" ("Disaster", 2015), which unites him on screen with his real-life wife Anna Loos.

In Carlo Rola's thriller "Die siebte Stunde" (2016, TV) Liefers featured as a lecturer at a private high school who uncovers the occult practices of a clique of students. Friedemann Fromm then cast him for the thriller "Mörderische Stille" (2016, TV) as a Wilhelmshaven detective investigating the case of a murdered ex-officer from the Netherlands.

At Hofer Filmtage, "Die Blumen von gestern" ("Bloom of Yesterday") by Chris Kraus premiered in October 2016. The tragicomedy sees him play the father of the stressed-out protagonist (Lars Eidinger). The movie will open in German theaters in January 2017.

Right before that, on Christmas 2016, the gangster comedy "Vier gegen die Bank", helmed by Wolfgang Petersen, will be released. Starring alongside Til Schweiger, Michael Herbig and Matthias Schweighöfer, Liefers plays a deceived investor who wants to get even with a bank director and tries get his money back.

Filmography

2016/2017 Das Pubertier - Der Film
Cast
 
2016 Feierstunde
Cast
 
2016 So viel Zeit
Cast
 
2016 Mörderische Stille
Cast
 
2015/2016 Vier gegen die Bank
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die Blumen von gestern
Cast
 
2015/2016 Ein Fuß kommt selten allein
Cast
 
2015 Schwanensee
Cast
 
2014/2015 Erkläre Chimäre
Cast
 
2014 Honig im Kopf
Cast
 
2014 Der Mann ohne Schatten
Cast
 
2014 Mord ist die beste Medizin
Cast
 
2013/2014 Der Hammer
Cast
 
2013/2014 Mara und der Feuerbringer
Cast
 
2013/2014 Da muss Mann durch
Cast
 
2013-2015 Desaster
Cast, Co-Producer
 
2013 Die chinesische Prinzessin
Cast
 
2012/2013 Die Spätzünder 2 - Der Himmel soll warten
Cast
 
2012/2013 Summ, summ, summ
Cast
 
2012/2013 Nacht über Berlin
Cast
 
2012 Das Wunder von Wolbeck
Cast
 
2011/2012 Mann tut was Mann kann
Cast
 
2011/2012 Der Turm
Cast
 
2011/2012 Hinkebein
Cast
 
2011/2012 Nils Holgerssons wunderbare Reise
Voice
 
2011 Zwischen den Ohren
Cast
 
2010/2011 Simon
Cast
 
2010/2011 Herrenabend
Cast
 
2010 Spargelzeit
Cast
 
2009/2010 Der Fluch der Mumie
Cast
 
2009 Tempelräuber
Cast
 
2009 Es liegt mir auf der Zunge
Cast
 
2008/2009 Die Spätzünder
Cast
 
2008/2009 Höllenfahrt
Cast
 
2008 Wolfsstunde
Cast
 
2007/2008 Lilys Geheimnis
Cast
 
2007/2008 Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Cast
 
2007/2008 Krumme Hunde
Cast
 
2007 Satisfaktion
Cast
 
2006/2007 Bis zum Ellenbogen
Cast
 
2006/2007 Max Minsky und ich
Cast
 
2006/2007 Ruhe Sanft!
Cast
 
2006 Das zweite Gesicht
Cast
 
2005/2006 Der Untergang der Pamir
Cast
 
2005/2006 Der Ausbruch
Cast
 
2005/2006 Das ewig Böse
Cast
 
2005/2006 Die Entscheidung
Cast
 
2005 Der doppelte Lott
Cast
 
2004/2005 Die Nachrichten
Cast
 
2004/2005 Der Frauenflüsterer
Cast
 
2004-2006 Die Sturmflut
Cast
 
2004 Eine Leiche zuviel
Cast
 
2003/2004 Mörderspiele
Cast
 
2003 Sag nichts
Cast, Music
 
2003 Das Wunder von Lengede
Cast
 
2003 3 x schwarzer Kater
Cast
 
2003 Ich liebe das Leben
Cast
 
2002/2003 Der Aufstand
Cast
 
2002 Fakten, Fakten...
Cast
 
2002 Der dunkle Fleck
Cast
 
2001/2002 666 Traue keinem mit dem du schläfst
Cast
 
2001 Tea Tattoo
Cast
 
1999/2000 Die Spur meiner Tochter
Cast
 
1999 Halt mich fest!
Cast
 
1998/1999 Jack's Baby
Cast, Director
 
1998/1999 Die Bank, die Liebe, der Tod
Cast
 
1998 Die Mörderin
Cast
 
1998 Jerusalem oder Die Reise in den Tod
Cast
 
1998 Busenfreunde 2 - Alles wird gut!
Cast
 
1998 Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller
Cast
 
1998 Clowns?!
Cast
 
1997/1998 Kidnapping Mom & Dad
Cast
 
1997 Die Chaos-Queen
Cast
 
1997 Busenfreunde
Cast
 
1997 Dicke Freunde
Cast
 
1996/1997 Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Cast
 
1996-1998 Sieben Monde
Cast
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Cast
 
1996 Vergewaltigt - Die Wahrheit und andere Lügen
Cast
 
1993/1994 Charlie & Louise - Das doppelte Lottchen
Cast
 
1990/1991 Der Fall Ö.
Cast
 
1989 Gartenarbeit
Voice
 
1988/1989 Die Besteigung des Chimborazo
Cast
 
1987/2004 Der Ausländer
Participation