Fred Breinersdorfer

Germany

Fred Breinersdorfer

German writer and lawyer, born in 1946, grew up in Mainz and studied law and sociology at the universities of Mainz and Tübingen. He finished his education with the doctor’s degree (PHD) in 1975 at the University of Tübingen and started to practice as an attorney at law, specialized on constitutional law and administration law in Stuttgart.

In 1980 Fred Breinersdorfer published his first crime novel. Others followed. The books (and later also films) with an attorney called Jean Abel as main character, a guy with a French background, became a remarkable success. Film scripts, theatre plays and short stories came out in the next years. His work contains now 12 novels, four theatre games and a long row of short stories and four radio plays. More than 65 movies and prime time TV movies – lots of them awarded – he wrote since 1983.

Fred Breinersdorfer was the president of the German Writer’s Association (VS) and he is member of the German P.E.N. and the “Deutsche Filmakademie”. In 1994 run for office for the German Federal Parliament as a candidate of the SPD, the party of Willy Brandt. He failed closely. Fortunately, he says today. After the elections he dropped his law job (but not his licence) and became a professional writer. He was (among others) awarded with the “German Film Award”, the “Adolph Grimme Preis mit Gold” (the so called German TV Oscar) and nominated for several other prices. With the Movie “Sophie Scholl – the final days” he had a world success – as writer and co-producer. The movie was nominated for the 2006 Foreign Language Film Academy Award.