Victor Schefé was born in Rostock, East Germany, on 4 August 1968. He learned to play the accordion at the conservatory, later became an accomplished athlete in track & field as a sprinter and jumper, then increasingly butted his head against “socialist society” and was prohibited from completing his Abitur (college-prep education.) At the age of 18 he applied for permission to leave East Germany, was officially relieved of his East German citizenship in fall of 1986 and went to West Berlin. A little while later he moved to New York, where he stayed for a year and a half. While there he took courses in dance and acting at the New York Acting School and held jobs as a waiter and as a pearl-stringer for a jewelry designer. He was also an intern at the Elysium Theater Company.

Victor experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall firsthand in 1989. After admissions interviews at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (today’s UdK), he gratefully accepted a director’s offer to play in an off-theater production, the premier of which took place during the Berliner Theatertreffen (Berlin Theater Meeting) at the ‘Stückemarkt’. Afterwards Victor played in various off-theater productions, mainly as a member of the Walser Ensemble in Berlin. He earned his money working at the Berliner Festspiele, as a DJ and bartender.

In the fall of 1990 he and two partners opened ‘Hafen’, a bar in Berlin’s Motzstrasse. Shortly thereafter he became seriously ill with cancer.

He celebrated his first big theatrical success as “The Elephant Man,” at the Theater am Kurfürstendamm, under the direction of Ulrich Simontowitz. More theater work followed with directors Donald Berkenhoff in Berlin and Christoph Klimke at the TAT in Frankfurt. He co-produced the music show “Stars in Bars” with Andreja Schneider, in which he appeared for the first time as a singer.

In 1993 he played in his first television movie, the premier of the ZDF series “Ein Starkes Team,” under the direction of Konrad Sabrautzky.

Victor Schefé was engaged at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna by Hans Gratzer in the fall of 1994. This working relationship reached its pinnacle with the German-language premiere of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America I & II.” From this point onward he commuted between theater in Vienna (e.g., as ‘Walter Gropius’, in Joshua Sobol’s “Alma,” directed by Paulus Manker, a co-production of the Burg Theater and The Wiener Festwochen) and work in television in Germany (e.g., leading roles in Tatort “Aida” and Polizeiruf 110 “Der Fremde.”) In 1998 he played the title lead in the opening premiere of the theater festival ‘Steirischer Herbst’ in “Sergej,” directed by Christian Stückl.

At the end of the 90’s he primarily worked with two directors: Wolfgang Henschel (e.g., in the role of the psychopath in “Post Mortem – Der Nuttenmörder,” the most successful television movie on private television that year, and in the Klaus-Kinski role in the remake of Edgar Wallace’s “Whiteface”) and Manfred Stelzer.

Since “Life is All You Get” in 1997, Victor has been seen in various feature-length films by Wolfgang Becker, Dani Levy, Matthias Glasner and Gernot Roll.

He produced the solo show “Ein Stück Mond” in 2001, featuring him as a singer along with his band. It premiered in Berlin’s BKA Theater and was part of the opening program of the new Tempodrom at Anhalter Bahnhof.

Victor Schefé has regularly spent time in New York since 2001 and was there during the events of 11 September 2001.

In 2002 he and Andreja Schneider co-hosted the presentation of the Teddy Awards during the Berlin International Film Festival.

From 2002 until 2005 he played in three seasons of the Sat1 Television sitcom “Bewegte Männer,” which received multiple nominations for the Deutscher Fernsehpreis and the German Comedypreis. Victor Schefé was nominated for the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (the German Emmy) in the category of Best Actor Sitcom for his role as ‘Waltraud’ in 2003.

In 2005 he was the host ‘Mr. Richard Smoker’ in Germany’s first ‘new burlesque’ show “Bumps and Grinds.” He played with Suzanne von Borsody at the Renaissance Theater Berlin from 2006 to 2009 in Michael Frayn’s “Donkey’s Years” directed by Torsten Fischer, one of the most successful theater productions of the season. In 2008 he made his first “excursion” into the world of opera at the National Theater in Mannheim, playing the role of Porus in “Allesandro” under the direction of Günter Krämer.

In 2009 Victor Schefé produced his second solo show with band, “Radio Victor – Live”, which premiered at the Bar jeder Vernunft in Berlin. This gave audiences the first opportunity to hear songs penned by Schefé himself.

Victor Schefé made his debut as director, author and producer in 2009/10 with the documentary “B.i.N. – Berlin in November” – a ninety-minute love letter to the city and its inhabitants. The film was selected as a competition entry for the 10th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival and had its international premiere there in fall 2011. The German cinematic release took place on 20 October 2011 in Berlin’s Babylon Cinema. “B.i.N.” also played at the Bitfilm Festival Bangalore in India in December 2011.

From 2010 to 2014, Victor Schefé played the role of Papal Chamberlain ‘Johann Burchard’ in “Borgia”, an English-language Canal+ production, one of the most expensive European television series to date, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Dearbhla Walsh, Metin Huseyin, Christoph Schrewe and Athina Tsangari. Borgia’s creator and showrunner was New Yorker author and Emmy Award winner Tom Fontana, known for “Oz”, the first series on HBO, as well as his work on “St. Elsewhere” and “Homicide”. Academy Award winner Barry Levinson was one of the executive producers. Victor Schefé was also the ‘voice of Borgia’ – the narrator of the recaps at the beginning of every 38 episodes, both in the English-language original as well as for the dubbed German version. Borgia was broadcast worldwide in more than seventy countries (including in the United States and United Kingdom on Netflix, HBO South America, ZDF Germany, Canal+ France).

In fall 2014, Victor Schefé played a role in the historic spy thriller “Bridge of Spies”, directed by Steven Spielberg.

In early 2015, he was in front of the camera with Daniel Craig for the James Bond 007 film, “Spectre”, directed by Sam Mendes.

Victor Schefé is a proud Berliner.

CINEMA (selection)
2015
James Bond 007 - Spectre    Director: Sam Mendes, B24 Columbia Pictures
2015
Bridge of Spies    Director: Steven Spielberg, DreamWorksSKG
2011
B.i.N. - Berlin in November    Director: Victor Schefé, RadioVictorFilm
2009
Männersache    Director: Gernot Roll, Constantin Film
2007
My Führer - The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler    Director: Dani Levy, X-Filme
2004
Pura Vida Ibiza    Director: Gernot Roll, Odeon Pictures
2002
Drei Stern Rot    Director: Olaf Kaiser, Hoferichter & Jacobs
2000
Who is who?    Director: Marc Malze, dffb-Shortfilm
1999
Tigermilch    Director: Elisabeth Fiege, Novotny & Novotny
1998
Fandango    Director: Matthias Glasner, X-Filme
1997
Life is All You Get    Director: Wolfgang Becker, X-Filme
 
TV (selection)
2015
Letzte Spur Berlin: Das Fenster zum Hof    Director: Christoph Stark, Network: ZDF, Production: Novafilm
2015
23 Cases (2 Episodes)    Director: Felix Herzogenrath, Network: SAT1, Production: H&V Entertainment
2014
Liebling des Himmels    Director: Dani Levy, Network: ARD, Production: Nordfilm
2014
Das goldene Ufer    Director: Christoph Schrewe, Network: ZDF, Produktion: TV60Film
2014
SOKO 5113    Director: Heidi Kranz, Network: ZDF, Production: UFA Ficton
2013
Borgia / Season 3 (13 Episodes)    Directors: Athina Tsangari, Metin Huseyin, Christoph Schrewe, Network: Canal+, Production: Atlantique Prod./EOS
2013
SOKO Stuttgart: Höllenhund    Director: Kaspar Heidelbach. Network: ZDF, Production: Bavaria
2012
Borgia / Season 2 (9 Episodes)    Directors: Dearbhla Walsh, Christoph Schrewe, Metin Huseyin, Thomas Vincent, Network: Canal+, Production: Atlantique Prod./EOS
2012
Akte Ex: Der fröhliche Mönch    Director: Christoph Klünker, Network: ARD, Production: Saxonia Media
2012
Danni Lowinski: Stars der Manege    Director: Richard Huber, Network: SAT1, Production: Phoenix Film
2011
Die letzte Fahrt    Director: Christoph Schrewe, Network: ARD, Production: Schiwago Film
2011
Borgia / Season 1 (6 Episodes)    Directors: Dearbhla Walsh, Metin Huseyin & Christoph Schrewe, Network: Canal+, Production: Atlantique Prod./EOS
2010
Borgia / Season 1 (4 Episodes)    Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel, Network: Canal+, Production: Atlantique Prod./EOS
2010
Pastewka: Die Entschuldigung    Director: Jan Markus Linhof, Network: SAT1, Production: Brainpool
2009
Wolfsfährte    Director: Urs Egger, Network: ORF/ARD, Production: Tivoli Film
2009
Ein starkes Team: Im Zwielicht    Director: Ulrich Zrenner, Network: ZDF, Production: UFA
2008
Hoffnung für Kummerow    Director: Jan Ruzicka, Network: ARD
2006
Polizeiruf 110: Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet    Director: I. Hoffman, Network: ARD
2005
Pommery & Leichenschmaus    Director: Manfred Stelzer, Network: ZDF
2005
Bewegte Männer / Season 3 (13 Episodes)    Director: Michael Zens, Network: SAT1
2004
Mein Leben und Ich    Director: Richard Huber, Network: RTL
2004
Das Zimmermädchen und der Millionär    Director: Andreas Senn, Network: SAT1
2003
Bewegte Männer / Season 2 (13 Episodes)    Director: Michael Zens, Network: SAT1
2003
Eva Blond: Wie das Leben so spielt    Director: Matthias Glasner, Network: SAT1
2003
Bella Block: Hinter den Spiegeln    Director: Thorsten Näter, Network: ZDF
2003
Bewegte Männer / Season 1 (13 Episodes)    Director: Michael Zens, Network: SAT1
2002
Polizeiruf 110: Kopf in der Schlinge    Director: Hartmut Griessmayr, Sender: ARD
2001
Scheidung mit Hindernissen    Director: Karola Hattop, Network: ARD
2001
Die Pefferkörner: Lampenfieber    Director: Klaus Wirbitzky, Network: NDR
2001
The Perfect Child    Director: Hans Werner, Network: SAT1
2000
Die Kommissarin: Der Trittbrettfahrer    Director: Charly Weller, Network: ARD
2000
Doppelter Einsatz: Reiche Verwandschaft    Director: Uwe Friessner, Network: RTL
1999
Jago    Director: Stephanus Domanig, Network: Arte
1999
Racheengel    Director: Thorsten Näter, Network: PRO 7
1999
Helicops: Die Venusfalle    Director: Wolfgang F. Henschel, Network: SAT1
1999
Kommissar Rex: Der Vollmondmörder    Director: Hans Werner, Network: SAT1
1998
Die Handschrift des Mörders    Director: Hajo Gies, Network: PRO 7
1998
Alarm für Cobra 11: Im Nebel...    Director: Diethard Küster, Network: RTL
1998
Sperling und das schlafende Mädchen    Director: Juraj Herz, Network: ZDF
1998
Die Außenseiter: Absturz    Director: Thorsten Näter, Network: PRO 7
1998
Edgar Wallace: Whiteface    Director: Wolfgang F. Henschel, Network: RTL
1997
SOKO 5113: Alle mochten Anja    Director: Klaus Witting, Network: ZDF
1997
SK-Babies: Die Angstmacher    Director: Olaf Görtz, Network: RTL
1997
Von Fall zu Fall: Stubbe & Elli    Director: Christa Mühl, Network: ZDF
1997
Lukas: Mein Freund der Ausländer    Director: Richard Huber, Network: ZDF
1997
Post Mortem    Director: Wolfgang F. Henschel, Network: RTL
1996
Boomtown Berlin    Director: Brigitte Maag, Network: ARD
1996
Kommissar Rex: Blutrote Rosen    Director: Hans Werner, Network: SAT1
1996
Polizeiruf 110: Der Fremde    Director: Manfred Stelzer, Network: ARD
1996
Die Drei: Die Beichte    Director: Dietmar Klein, Network: SAT1
1995
Tatort: Aida    Director: Klaus Emmerich, Network: ARD/BR
1995
Sophie: Der große Abgang    Director: Torsten Fischer, Network: SAT1
1995
Ein starkes Team: Kaviar Connection    Director: Krystian Martinek, Network: ZDF
1995
Die Drei: Hoffmeyers Millionen    Director: Heiner Carow, Network: SAT1
1995
Holoponopono: Blackout    Director: Wolfgang F. Henschel, Network: RTL
1995
Feuerbach Erpressung    Director: Jürgen Kaizik, Network: ARD
1994
Wolffs Revier    Director: Michael Lähn, Network: SAT1
1994
Balko: Grand mit Viren    Director: Wolfgang F. Henschel, Network: RTL
1994
Polizeiruf 110: Über Bande    Director: Manfred Stelzer, Network: ARD
1993
Ein starkes Team    Director: Konrad Sabrautzky, Network: ZDF
 
THEATRE (selection)
2012
Geister in Princeton    Role: Hans Nelböck, Director: Torsten Fischer, Theater: Renaissance Theater Berlin
2009
Radio Victor - Live    Victor Schefé & Band, Director: Ulrich Simontowitz, Bar jeder Vernunft Berlin
2008
Alessandro (Opera)    Role: Porus, Director: Günter Krämer, Theater: Oper National Theater Mannheim
2006
Verdammt lange her    Role: Alan Quine, Regie: Torsten Fischer, Theater: Renaissance Theater Berlin
2005
Bumps and Grinds    Role: Mr. Richard Smoker, Director: Andreja Schneider, Theater: Bar jeder Vernunft Berlin
2001
Ein Stück Mond    Victor Schefé & Band, Director: Johannes Steinbrückner
1998
Sergej    Title Role, Director: Christian Stückl, Theater: Schauspielhaus Graz (Steirischer Herbst)
1996
Alma    Role: Walter Gropius, Director: Paulus Manker, Theater: Wiener Festwochen
1995
Hysteria    Role: Salvatore Dali, Director: Gerhard Willert, Theater: Schauspielhaus Wien
1994
Angels in America I & II: Perestroika    Role: Louis, Director: Hans Gratzer, Theater: Schauspielhaus Wien
1994
In den Augen eines Fremden    Role: Sebastian, Director: Hans Gratzer, Theater: Schauspielhaus Wien
1993
Stars in Bars    Victor Schefé & Andreja Schneider, Director: Johannes Steinbrückner
1993
Tote Mutter    Role: Alice B. Toklas, Director: Donald Berkenhoff, Theater: Stükke-Theater Berlin
1992
Büchner-Adaption Woyce und Leonzeck    Title Role, Director: Christoph Klimke, Theater: Theater am Turm Frankfurt/Main
1992
Clowns in the Kitchen    Role: Ken, Director: Donald Berkenhoff, Theater: Ensemble Theater Berlin
1991
The Elephant Man    Title Role, Director: Ulrich Simontowitz, Theater: Theater am Kurfürstendamm Berlin
1990
Der Wundertäter war von hohem Wuchs    Director: Ulrich Simontowitz, Theater: Krolltheater Berlin
1989
Dr. Faustus lights the Lights    Role: Mephisto, Director: Klaus Mautsch, Theater: Trompe l´oeuil