Uwe Boll Biography

(German Filmmaker Who Came to Limelight for His Adaptations of Video Game Franchises)

Birthday: June 22, 1965 (Cancer)

Born In: Wermelskirchen, Germany

Uwe Boll is a successful Canada-based German restaurateur. He is also famous as a former filmmaker. Having developed an interest in filmmaking early in his childhood, he began producing short films while studying economics and literature at the University of Siegen. Beginning his career as a film critic at the local radio station in his early twenties, he debuted in filmmaking at twenty-six, writing, directing, producing and even acting in his first film, ‘German Fried Movie’. Thereafter, he continued to release low-budget films, none of which made any mark. Later, he began to adapt best-selling videogames into movies, directing ‘House of the Dead’ in 2003. However, it failed to change his luck. Undeterred, he continued to make movies, raising finances through crowdfunding, at the same time taking advantage of the loopholes in the German laws. In 2016, he eventually retired from filmmaking to concentrate on his restaurant business.
Quick Facts

German Celebrities Born In June

Age: 59 Years, 59 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Natalia Tudge (m. 2014)

children: Walter Boll

Born Country: Germany

Directors German Men

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

Notable Alumni: University Of Siegen, University Of Cologne

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education: University Of Cologne, University Of Siegen

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    Is Uwe Boll retired?

    Yes, Uwe Boll announced his retirement from filmmaking in 2016.
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    Why is Uwe Boll considered controversial?

    Uwe Boll is considered controversial due to his outspoken nature, often engaging in heated debates and criticism with critics and fellow filmmakers.
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    Are Uwe Boll's movies based on video games?

    Yes, Uwe Boll has directed several movies based on popular video games such as "House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark," and "BloodRayne."
  • 4

    Has Uwe Boll ever crowdfunded a movie?

    Yes, Uwe Boll successfully crowdfunded his film "Rampage 3: No Mercy" through Kickstarter in 2016.
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    What is Uwe Boll's filmmaking style known for?

    Uwe Boll's filmmaking style is often characterized by its graphic violence, controversial themes, and unconventional storytelling techniques.
Childhood & Early Years
Uwe Boll was born on June 22, 1965, in Wermelskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Nothing is known about his family background or early childhood except that at the age of ten he became interested in filmmaking after watching Marlon Brando in ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.
He studied literature and economics at the University of Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and while studying there he began producing short films. Later, he would also study film directing in Munich and Vienna and earn a doctorate in literature from the University of Cologne.
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In the late 1980s, Uwe Boll began his career as a film critic at the local radio station. Later, in 1991, he debuted in professional filmmaking with ‘German Fried Movie’, co-writing, co-directing and co-producing it with Frank Lustig, also appearing in it as Danger Seeker 2 / Tipgeber.
Since the duo did not receive any outside help, they formed their own production and distribution company, which they called Bolu Filmproduktion Und Verleih, releasing ‘German Fried Movie’ through it. Their second film, ‘Barschel – Mord in Genf’ was released in 1993.
Shortly after the release of ‘Barschel,’ the partnership between Boll and Lustig was dissolved. Using his share of $50,000, Boll now went ahead with filmmaking, writing, directing and producing ‘Amoklauf’ all by himself. He also played a small role in it.
In ‘Amoklauf’, he first established a few trademarks that would occur again and again in his future films. Premiered in Berlin on February 13, 1994, the film was subsequently nominated for Max Ophüls Award. However, it failed to get critical acclaim.
In 1997, he wrote, directed and produced his fourth German film, ‘Das erste Semester’. Thereafter, he neither directed nor produced any film till 2000, possibly moving to Canada sometime during this period. He, however, retained his German citizenship.
In Canada
In 2000, he formed his personal production company, Boll KG, headquartered in Bergrheinfeld, Bavaria, Germany. In the same year, he also coproduced the Icelandic film, ‘Fíaskó’ and his first English language film, ‘Sanctimony’. He also wrote the script of the latter film.
In 2002, he had two films, ‘Blackwoods’ and ‘Heart of America,’ released. Among the two, ‘Blackwoods’, a psychological thriller film, written and directed by him, was considered his ‘best’ until he made ‘Rampage’ in 2009.
In 2003, he released ‘House of the Dead’, his first film based on a video game. An adaption of the light gun arcade game of the same name, the film was a critical failure. Nonetheless, it grossed $13.8 million worldwide, finishing sixth at the box office in the opening weekend.
In 2005, he released two more video-game based films: ‘Alone in the Dark’ and ‘BloodRayne’. Both these films were critical as well as box office failures, both receiving Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Sense of Direction.
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Boxing Match & Retirement Petition
In June 2006, fed up with the constant criticism, Boll challenged five of his harshest critics to a ten-round boxing match through a press release. In September, Boll fought Rich Kyanka, Chris Alexander, Carlos Palencia, Jeff Sneider, and Chance Minte, winning against each of them. The event was sponsored by GoldenPalace.com.
Undeterred by criticism, he had four films released in 2007, each of which was a critical and financial failure. Among them, ‘In the Name of the King’ received the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director and was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Supporting Actress Awards.
’Postal’, another of his 2007 films, also got the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director while ‘BloodRayne 2: Deliverance’ got a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, his third film, 'Seed', was awarded the Best Special Effects at New York City Horror Film Festival.
In 2008, an article in ‘The Guardian’ claimed that Boll had promised to retire if a petition asking for his retirement at PetitionOnline.com received 1,000,000 signatures. Although a petition, titled 'Stop Dr. Uwe Boll,' was eventually started, it received only 353,835 signatures.
In 2008, he started another petition called the ‘Long Live Uwe Boll’ poll, which he claimed would easily get one million signatures. As of July 22, 2012, it received a total of 7,631 signatures.
Making Rampage
In 2009, after a series of failures, Uwe Boll gained some acceptance with ‘Rampage’. Premiered in Phantasmagoria Film Festival on August 14, it became his first film to gain mainly positive reviews.
'Darfur', released on November 23, 2009, also received appreciation from the critics. It also won the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival prize for the best international film.
In 2010, Boll released an English language film called ‘The Final Storm’ and a German language film titled ‘Max Schmeling’, neither of which actually earned him any profit. Undeterred, he continued to work, filming ‘Auschwitz’ in February and March 2010, also playing the role of a Nazi officer in it.
’Auschwitz’, released in February 2011, was boycotted by many critics, who considered it to be too gruesome. Nonetheless, he continued to work, releasing several more films until 2014, directing and producing most of them, acting in a few.
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In 2015, he planned to make the third sequel to his 2009 film, ‘Rampage’. Unable to raise the funds, he released a video called ‘fuck you all’ on YouTube on June 7, targeting those who did not fund it. In 2015, he also opened the Bauhaus Restaurant in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2016, he co-wrote, directed and produced 'Rampage: President Down', releasing it on September 6. By then, he had declared his intention of retiring from filmmaking, citing non-profitability as the reason behind the decision.
Unlike his films, Bauhaus Restaurant became a great success, being listed in The World's 50 Best Restaurants Discovery Series in 2017. They now plan to expand their business and build Bauhaus Restaurants in other cities.
Family & Personal Life
Uwe Boll has been married twice. However, nothing is known about his first wife except that her name is Leanne D. Chan and that he had one child with her. The name of the child is not known either.
In 2014, he married Canadian film and television producer Natalie Elizabeth née Tudge. Together, they have one son named Walter Boll. From Natalie’s previous marriage, he also has a stepchild.
Facts About Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll holds a Ph.D in literature and has published several academic papers on topics such as the works of William Shakespeare.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Uwe Boll is also an accomplished restaurateur, owning and operating several successful eateries in his native Germany.
Uwe Boll is known for his philanthropic efforts, having donated a portion of his film profits to various charitable organizations over the years.
Outside of his controversial film career, Uwe Boll is an avid collector of vintage movie memorabilia and has an impressive collection of rare and unique items.
Despite his reputation for making divisive films, Uwe Boll has a dedicated fan base who appreciate his bold and unconventional approach to storytelling.

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