David Wendefilm is an Austrian-born actor living in São Paulo/Brazil.


After dropping out of high school he worked for some years as salesman, waiter, computer technician and teacher until he decided to study philosophy, sociology and art history. While studying at the University of Vienna he travelled to Brazil and had his first active experience with theater and photography.

Soon after returning to Austria David bought a camera and started to work as a photographer.

One year later he performed his happening “Nackt für eine bessere Gesellschaft” at the University of Vienna just after finishing his master´s thesis in philosophy. His performance was followed by his first roles in commercials and short films.

Disappointed with the academic philosophy David Wendefilm decided to end his doctorate. In his second performance “Das kleine philosophische Manifest” he interrupted a lecture about “Anti-academic philosophy” and burned his diploma in public.

Interested in building an international career he swapped his life in Vienna for the metropolis of São Paulo, where he is working now with cinema, TV, theater and photography.


David Wendefilm about his work: ”I think the best thing about my acting is the mix of two cultures. On one side I am still very disciplined, logical and organized, on the other side I am much more passionate, body-conscious and have improved greatly my abilities of improvising. The difficulty of acting in another country, speaking another language has allowed me to approach completely new characters and realize in which values our societies (and i am) are based in.“