Michael Verhoeven was born in Berlin in 1938 into an acting and directing family. He studied Medicine in Berlin and Munich and qualified as a doctor in 1969. He appeared as an actor on the stage and screen in the early 50s and 60s and has been working as a screenwriter, producer and director since 1967. His award-winning films include: Dance of Death (Paarungen, 1968), O.K. (1970), A Terrific Exit (Ein unheimlich starker Abgang, 1973), Sunday Children (Sonntagskinder, 1979), The White Rose (Die weisse Rose, 1982), The Nasty Girl (Das schreckliche Maedchen, 1989), My Mother's Courage (Mutters Courage, 1995), Zimmer mit Fruehstueck (TV, 1999), Uncovering of a Marriage (Enthuellung einer Ehe, TV, 2000), The Unknown Soldier - What Did You Do in the War, Dad? (Der unbekannte Soldat, 2006), and Human Failure (Menschliches Versagen, 2008).