Ken Duken (born 17 April 1979) is a German actor.
Ken Duken is the third child of film and stage actress Christina Loeb, his father is a doctor. Duken never attended a drama school but took courses in drama, including under James Reynold. The actor initially played various theatre roles, including in such plays as Der Besuch der alten Dame (The visit of the old lady), Das Haus in Montevideo (The house in Montevideo) and in various Shakespeare plays. He debuted as a film actor in 1997, playing a small role in the television crime film Blutiger Ernst alongside Nadja Uhl and Daniel Brühl.
Duken played his first major role on a movie screen in 1999, alongside Franka Potente and Heiner Lauterbach in Friedemann Fromm's Schlaraffenland (Land of Milk and Honey). That same year he starred in Miguel Alexandre's drama Gran Paradiso, which was nominated for the German Film Award. For this film, in which he plays Mark, a young wheelchair user, he completed three months wheelchair-training. In 2003 he played a major role in Tödlicher Umweg (Deadly detour) by Curt Faudon. In 2005 his career continued in the cinema, with Buket Alakus's award-winning tragicomedy Eine andere Liga (Another league).
Duken was a member of the cast in the core produced by ZDF since 2002 police drama series Night Shift by Lars Becker as a young Commissioner Teddy Schrader.
Also known is his portrayal of a Communist spy in the movie Karol - A Man Who Became Pope.
In the autumn of 2006 he was in Tolstoy's War and Peace by Robert Dornhelm in Russia and Lithuania, in which he played the role of Anatol Kuragin. The SWR teleplay Welcome home, Ken embodied in the war returnees Ben Winter, was shot mid-December 2007.
In 2003, together with Duken including Bernd Katzmarczyk and Norbert Kneissl worked with the production company Grand Hôtel Pictures. In its first work From another point of view he plays next to his wife Marisa Leonie Bach and Dominique Pinon. In 2009, he continued his own production number with the psycho-thriller Distance.
In addition to his work as an actor, Duken is now increasingly found behind the camera. For his film From another point of view, as well as several music videos, such as for Oomph! Rapper and the Curse, he has directed.
In 2008 Duken played the role of SS Captain Siegfried Fehmer, who was head of the Gestapo in 1945 in Oslo, in the film Max Manus on the Norwegian resistance fighters. The role of the smart ladies' man Fehmer, who could quickly change to a brutal torturer, was a good preparation for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009). Duken can be seen in chapter four of Inglourious Basterds as one of the cardplaying German soldiers. The card on his forehead reads Mata Hari.
In 2009 Duken played the character Ralf in Til Schweiger's film Zweiohrküken. In 2011 he starred in a BBC television drama called The Sinking of the Laconia (2011), in which he played Werner Hartenstein, commander of a German U-boat, and in the German TV movie Carl & Bertha about the life of Karl and Bertha Benz. He also starred in the 2011 British film Chalet Girl.
Since October 2000 Duken has been married to German actress Marisa Leonie Bach, a direct descendant of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The couple has a son, Viggo (born October 2009).
- Störtebeker (fr): Germany, 2006
- Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs: France, 2007
- Flight into the night – the accident at Überlingen (Überlingen mid-air collision): Germany, 2007
- War and Peace: franco-italo-allemande, 2007 (Anatole Kuragin)
- Max Manus: Norway, 2008
- Inglourious Basterds, 2009
- World on fire: USA, 2009
- Rabbit without ears 2: Germany, 2009
- The Sinking of the Laconia (RMS Laconia (1921)): Germany, 2010
- My Last Day Without You: USA, 2011
- Chalet Girl: United Kingdom, 2011
- A Day for a Miracle: Germany, Austria, 2011
- Two Lives, 2012
- 13.000 Kilometer - Die Männer der Emden: Germany, 2012
- Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga (de): Germany, 2013
- Frau Müller muss weg!: Germany, 2015
- Arletty, une passion coupable (France, TV, 2015): Hans Jürgen Soehring