In Coming Out © DEFA-Stiftung, Wolfgang Fritzsche
Matthias Freihof was born in Plauen on November 25, 1961. He studied acting at the Staatliche Schauspielschule (Academy for Performing Arts) in East Berlin from 1983 to 1987 and took master classes with chanson singer Gisela May. He has played at various theaters, including the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin (1984-87), Kleist Theater in Frankfurt (1987-89) and the Volksbühne in Berlin (1989-91). He has also worked as a theater director in Düsseldorf, Essen, and Berlin.
Freihof has performed as a singer and entertainer in many musicals and shows at the Berliner Palast der Republik (Cabaret Intim, 1989/90, Spass am sein, 1990) and at the Friedrichstadtpalast. He has toured Germany with two programs: Jacques Brel Homage in 1990-92/1998, and Der wilde Garten in 2003/2005. From 1992 to 1994, he and L’art de passage went on an international tour with the musical program Leidenschaften.
Freihof has had numerous film and television roles, especially in crime/drama series such as Notruf Hafenkante, the SOKO series, and Küstenwache. He became internationally known for his leading part in Heiner Carow’s Coming Out, which won the Silver Bear at the 1990 Berlin International Film Festival. Freihof also played in Zurück auf Los! This gay tragicomedy directed by Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss addressed racism, AIDS, friendship and the fragile and ephemeral joy of living. Matthias Freihof has also worked with film director Doris Dörrie, and shared the screen with Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh in Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie.
|1990||Best Young Male Actor, GDR Feature Film Festival in Berlin, for Coming Out|
|2014||Sprung ins Leben (Leap into Life, TV)|
|2009||Die Friseuse (The Hairdresser)|
|2009-15||Notruf Hafenkante (Hamburg Dockland, TV series)|
|2009-13||SOKO Leipzig (TV series)|
|2007||Kirschblüten (Cherry Blossoms)|
|2003||Geschlecht weiblich (Gender: Female, TV)|
|2000||Vera Brühne (TV)|
|2000||Zurück auf los! (Return to Go!, TV)|
|1999-2002||Siska (TV series)|
|1998||Drei Wünsche (Three Wishes)|
|1997||Todesspiel (Play with Death, TV)|
|1996||Not a Love Song|
|1994||Im Zeichen der Liebe (In the Sign of Love)|
|1993||Der Mann im schwarzen Mantel (The Man in the Black Coat, TV)|
|1991||Heute Morgen (This Morning)|
|1991||Die Durchreise (Transit, TV)|
|1990||Kohl – Ein deutscher Politiker (Kohl – A German Politician, TV)|
|1986||Käthe Kollwitz – Bilder eines Lebens (Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life)|