grew up in Brooklyn, NY. After being offered a role in a European television series during some time spent living in Europe, he moved to Berlin, Germany, in 1999. Rene`s first leading role was in the film “September”, directed by the award-winning director Max Färberböck, which garnered him a lot of attention at the 2002 Cannes International Film Festival where it premiered. He followed this up by playing the lead in Miguel Alexandre’s “With Love from Kashmir”, for which he was honored with one of Germany´s most prestigious awards, the Grimme Prize for best actor in 2005. He also starred in “Code of the Templars”, directed by Oscar nominated Florian Baxmeyer, and “Zorres”, directed by Anja Jacobs. Most recently he was invited to partake at the 2006 Sundance Directors Lab to play the lead in the project “My Habbibi” under the direction of Kirstin Johnston. Rene completed shooting on teo film for german television in 2009, “Vendetta” directed by Andreas Herzog and “Die Frau des Schlaefers” which was also nominated for Best film at the Munich Film Festival 2010, directed by Etzhart Onecken and was cast in the reoccurring role of “Officer Ryan” on the successfull showtime television show “Nurse Jackie”.