Date of Birth
27 December 1979, Berlin-Kreuzberg, West Germany
5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
Antonio Wannek was born 1979 in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany. Aged 11, Antonio, a rebellious student who felt like he was swimming against the current in school, ran into director Klaus Gendries and immediately got the lead in the 14-part mini 'Viel Rummel um Scooter'. Though several parts followed, including the 1992 Wolfgang Becker movie Kinderspiele (1992), Antonio turned back to normal life and school-plays. In 1997 he was re-discovered by Edward Berger who was looking to find the lead for his movie Gomez - Kopf oder Zahl (1999) in Antonio's school. The perfect collaboration with director Edward Berger along with the movie's success from both critics as well as the audience convinced Antonio that he should regard actor as the profession of his life.
2002: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
I'm not an actor, only a authentic performer.
My mother always stood by me. It makes me happy that I was able do her this favor and become successful after all.
School, to me, was prison. I hated every single day I spent there.
I am not a Red Carpet type of person.
It's especially difficult to tone down my Berlin dialect when I am acting out scenes in which I have to be aggressive. Whenever I act, (Berlin-)Kreuzberg is also acting. Sometimes I have to act against that, but usually it is helpful.
I am a West Berlin oik.