Pago Balke was born in 1954. After studying Art and Germanic Studies, he founded an alternative school for the educationally handicapped. In 1987, he began a career as a cabaret artist and singer. From 1987-1998, he worked as an actor and director at the Blaumeier Atelier in Bremen and has been acting at the Bremen Theater since 1998. Crazy About Paris (Verrueckt nach Paris, 2002) marks his feature film debut.