Played foreign roles in five movies between 1979 and 2008. He became the first correspondent for Der Spigel and Stern, publications based in Hamburg and Moscow.
He was born in German and learned to speak and write Russian, which he mastered in 1973.
He played a Danish professor in the drama-comedy film Autumn Marathon.
He was born in Schwarzwaldau, Silesia, Germany, which is present-day Czarny Bor, Poland.
He shares a name with a fictional Norwegian Ridgeback named Norbert from the Harry Potter novel series, authored by J.K. Rowling.