Samuel Finzi is a German actor, of Bulgarian-Jewish descent, with hundreds of film, television and theatrical credits in a career which, since its start in the late 1980s, has passed a quarter-century mark. Between 1993 and 2011, he received ten acting awards.
Born in Bulgaria's second-largest city, Plovdiv, he is the son of actor Itzhak Fintzi and performed in his first theater and film roles while still a student. Very early on, he came into contact with directors who have had a major influence on European theater and film. He has worked in the theater with directors such as Benno Besson, Dimiter Gotscheff, Frank Castorf, Jürgen Gosch and Robert Wilson. In film, his collaborations with Michael Glawogger, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Peter Popzlatev, Sönke Wortmann and Til Schweiger have extended his popularity to a wider audience as well as the title role in the crime series Flemming. Alongside his theater engagements at all of the important German language theaters, Samuel Finzi has performed in many film and television productions.