Rainer Bock

Kiel, Germany


After graduating from high school, Rainer Bock ran a café in his hometown, which also had a cabaret programme. After studying acting at a private acting school in Kiel, he made his debut as a theater actor on the stages of the state capital of Kiel in 1982. He came to Heidelberg and the National Theater Mannheim via the Schleswig-Holstein State Theater. From 1995 to 2001 he had an engagement at the Staatstheater Stuttgart. Until 2011 he was engaged at the Bavarian State Theater in Munich. Bock often appears in supporting roles, including his initially rare appearances in film and television. The part of the doctor in Michael Haneke's award-winning drama The White Ribbon - A German Children's Story (2009) earned him a nomination for the German Film Prize. In 2011 he was represented at the Berlinale with four films. Bock is also active as an audio book speaker.


Polizeiruf 110 is a long-running German language detective television series. The first episode was broadcast 27 June 1971 in the German Democratic Republic, and after the dissolution of Fernsehen der DDR the series was picked up by ARD. It was originally created as a counterpart to the West German series Tatort, and quickly became a public favorite. In contrast with other television crime series, in which killings are practically the primary focus, while Tatort handled homicide cases, the cases handled in the GDR TV's Polizeiruf were more often the more frequent, and less serious, crimes such as domestic violence, extortion, fraud, theft and juvenile delinquency, as well as alcoholism, child abuse and rape. Contrary to Tatort, which concentrated on the primary characters and their private lives, police procedure was the center of attention of Polizeiruf, especially in the earlier episodes. The scriptwriters attached particular importance to representation of the criminal and his state of mind, as well as the context of the crime. Many episodes aimed to teach and enlighten the audience about what does and what doesn't constitute appropriate behaviour and appropriate thought, rather than just to entertain. Polizeiruf was one of the few broadcasts by GDR media in which the real problems and difficulties of the supposedly more advanced socialist society could be displayed and discussed to some extent, albeit in a fictionalized and pedagogicalized environment.

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