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Bernd Eichinger

Film producer

Nina Eichinger

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11 April 1949 (

Film producerFilm directorScreenwriter

Katja Flint (1990s)Corinna Harfouch (1999–2004)

January 24, 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States

Katja Eichinger (m. 2006–2011)

Ingeborg Eichinger, Manfred Eichinger

Downfall, Perfume: The Story of a Murd, The Baader Meinhof, The Name of the Rose, The NeverEnding Story

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Bernd Eichinger (11 April 1949 – 24 January 2011) was a German film producer, director and screenwriter.


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Life and career

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Eichinger was born in Neuburg an der Donau. He attended the University of Television and Film Munich in the 1970s, and bought a stake in the fledgling studio company Neue Constantin Film in 1979, becoming its executive director. Under his leadership, Constantin Film evolved into one of the most successful German film businesses. As of 2005, he was chairman of the supervisory board and still owned a substantial stake in the company. Eichinger also produced some movies independently (for example Downfall). One of Eichinger's last films was about the left-wing terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF) based on the book Der Baader Meinhof Komplex ("The Baader-Meinhof Complex") by Stefan Aust.

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The range of genres of films, for television and the big screen, was unusually varied. He produced a 3D zombie movie, Resident Evil:Afterlife; to Atomized, a film adaptation of the controversial novel by French recluse Michel Houellebecq. He was an incredibly prolific film maker, with almost 100 films to his credit.

Eichinger was known as tenacious. It took him 20 years to convince Patrick Susskind, the German author of Perfume:The Story of a Murderer, to trust him with the rights to make the international bestseller into a film. In 2006 the film was released, grossing $135 million worldwide.

In the 1980s Eichinger obtained the film rights to the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, decades before making movies based on Marvel comics was trending.

In 1991 he was a co-founder of Summit, the Los Angeles-based production and film sales company. Due to the success of Twilight, Summit eventually became Summit Entertainment.


Eichinger was married to Katja Hoffman, a journalist. He has a daughter from a previous relationship, Nina Eichinger, an actress and TV presenter.


Eichinger died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on 24 January 2011 at the age of 61.


  • 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980 German Film Awards
  • 1979 Oscar-Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film (as Producer)
  • 1984 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
  • 1986 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
  • 1987 César Award, Best Foreign Language Film (as Producer)
  • 1990 German Film Awards
  • 1993 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
  • 1995 German Film Awards
  • 2003 Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)
  • 2002, 2003 German Film Awards
  • 2004 Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film (as Co-Producer)
  • 2004 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
  • 2005 Oscar-Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film (as Producer)
  • 2007 German Film Awards
  • 2008 Bavarian Film Awards
  • 2009 Oscar-Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film (as Producer)
  • 2009 Golden Globe-Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film (as Producer)
  • 2009 BAFTA-Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film (as Producer)
  • 2010 German Film Awards, Ehrenpreis (Honorary Award)
  • 2011 Goldene Kamera, Sonderpreis (Special Award; posthumous)
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    Selected filmography

    Bernd Eichinger's best known films include:


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