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Vadim Glowna was born 1941 and grew up in Hamburg. The versatile actor, director and author began his career in 1961 when Gustaf Gruendgens took him on at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus. Glowna went on to become one of Germany’s most popular actors and also appeared in international productions like Sam Peckinpah's epos Cross of Iron and Claude Chabrol's Quiet Days in Clichy. In 2000 he was named Best Actor of the Year by the German Film Critics' Association for his appearance in Oskar Roehler's award-winning film No Place to Go. Glowna is also a very successful director, having directed more than 30 television films and eight feature films. In 1981 he won several awards for the film Desperado City including the Caméra d'Or in Cannes. Two of his other films, Nothing Left to Lose (1983) and Raising to the Bait (1992), were in the official competition at Berlin and received Honorable Mentions. In 1989 Glowna was member of the jury at the Berlinale.