After leaving the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums a year after completing his mittlere Reife, he was educated at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (drama school), also acting and later working as a stage director at the Ernst Deutsch Theater, Hamburg.
Between 2004, he worked as the intendant of that stage. Between 1995 and 1997, he was also intendant of Bad Hersfeld Festival. He acted in several German television productions during the last decades, including Der Kommissar, Derrick, Der Alte, Tatort, Ein Fall für zwei and some Rosamunde Pilcher films.
In 2006, he played one of the leading roles in the short-lived television series M.E.T.R.O. – Ein Team auf Leben und Tod.
He synchronizes the German voice of Kris Kristofferson and Dennis Quaid. Next to his work as an actor he also started a very successful career as a singer and songwriter during the 1970s and 1980s, with songs like Der Macher and Ich magazine
He also wrote the lyrics to the song Rücksicht, performed by the duo Hoffmann & Hoffmann at the Eurovision Song Contest 1983, placing 5th in a field of 20.