Philipp Karner

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Philipp Karner
Born (1979-07-15) July 15, 1979 (age 39)
OccupationActor, Writer, Director
Years active1991-present

Philipp Karner, (born on July 15, 1979 in Vienna, Austria) is an American actor, writer, and director who is best known for starring in the film Kiss the Bride . His directorial debut "Like You Mean It" was released in 2015.



Philipp Karner first appeared as the teenage Johann Strauss in the Austrian-based mini-series Strauss Dynasty . After he came to the US, he then studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Studio in New York. [1] Then in the United States, he appeared in television shows such as What I Like About You , Sex and the City , Will & Grace , The Sopranos , and Without a Trace. He became generally known for starring in the 2007 comedy Kiss the Bride . He also appeared in Corrosion and the 2010 film Fair Game . Philipp co-wrote and produced a film called "Diving Normal" which was released in 2013. It stars Susie Abromeit and Scotty Crowe as well as Philipp. [2] He then directed his first feature film. The film is called "Like You Mean It" and was released in December 2015. [3] [4] He plays 'Jack Almond' in the 2018 Drama TV Series "West of Liberty" directed by Barbara Eder, based on spy book's by Thomas Engström. [5] [6]

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YearFilmRoleOther notes
2001 The Wind BillyMain Role
2005 Race You to the Bottom Eric
2007 Kiss the Bride MattMain Role
CorrosionJayshort film
2010 Fair Game Walter
2011 The Price of Happiness Paul
2013 Diving Normal FultonWriter, Producer
2015 The Morning After Dan
Like You Mean It MarkWriter, Director, Producer
YearTelevision seriesRoleOther notes
1991 Strauss Dynasty Young Johann StraussMini-series; uncredited
1999 Sex and the City SalesmanEpisode: "The Caste System"
2000 The Sopranos Caller #3Episode: "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office"
2001 Will & Grace RoccoEpisode: "Old-Fashioned Piano Party"
2002 Arli$$ BrandonEpisode: "Playing It Safe"
2003 NYPD Blue TylerEpisode: "Keeping Abreast"
What I Like About You CalEpisode: "I'm Sorry, So Sorry"
Without a Trace Rick HighlandEpisode: "Coming Home"
2004 Everwood Josh WalkerEpisodes: "Forget Me Not" and "Controlling Interest"
CSI: Miami Adam KalmensonEpisode: "Pirated"
2005 Charmed BobEpisode: "Desperate Housewitches"
2006 The Jake Effect Tennis StudEpisode: "Parent Teacher Conference"
2010 Melissa & Joey Theo MortonEpisode: "Moving On"
2011 Castle Jack SinclairEpisode: "Demons"
2014 Mistresses SeanEpisode: "Friends with Benefits"

Personal life

Philipp Karner came out as Gay in Vienna when I was 15-16 to his parent, who were social workers at the time. He fell in love when I was 18, for the first time, with this guy in Paris. [6] He then came to the U.S. when I was 19, in 1998 after he had finished his year of mandatory service (Conscription) in the Austrian military. His brother also completed a year of mandatory service in 2008. [1] He first lived in New York, but then moved to LA, where he has stayed for over 15 years. [1] [3]

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