Became popular in Germany with TV commercials for Deutsche Telekom, playing a funny salesman of telephones.
Was taught acting by Else Bongers in Berlin from 1983 to 1987.
Enjoys diving and cooking.
Got to know his wife Barbara during a holiday on the Maledives. Their first child, Julius Kimo Silvester, was born on 15 February 2004.
His father was a cellist at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Uncle of Alexander Schäfer.