Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger was born on 19 December 1963 in Freiburg, Germany. Both his parents were teachers and little Tilman was dreaming of following in their footsteps. Initially, he started studying to become a teacher but then changed his mind and began studying medicine. During his time in the university, Schweiger learned a few things about acting. He decided to relocate to the theater school and become an actor. Tilman completed his studies three years later and started looking for an opportunity to show his talent on the big screen.
Schweiger landed his first big role in 1989. He played Jo Zenker in 37 episodes of the TV series Lindenstraße. In 1991, Tilman got the first leading role in the comedy Manta Manta, produced by Wolfgang Buld.
In 1993, Schweiger played a boxer named Rudy in the movie Ebbies Bluff. The role brought him a Max-Ophüls-Preis award for Best Actor Newcomer. While working on this movie, Tilman showed his producing skills. A year later, he worked on a comedy Der bewegte Mann.
In 1996, Tilman appeared in two new movies Männerpension and Adrenalin. A little later that year, together with two partners, Schweiger founded a producing company called Mr. Brown Entertainment. The name came from the character from Tarantino’s debut movie as a producer Reservoir Dogs (1992).