Harald Krassnitzer was born in 1960 in Grödig near Salzburg. He completed his acting training at the Elisabethbühne in Salzburg, where he was engaged until 1988. This was followed by permanent positions at the Graz Schauspielhaus, the Vienna Volkstheater and at the Saarland Staatstheater. In 1997 he made his TV breakthrough in the leading role of Dr. Justus Hallstein in the series Der Bergdoktor. The following year, he first played the role of investigator Moritz Eisner in the Viennese series Tatort – March 2021 marked his 50th episode – while in 2017 he first appeared as village mayor Joseph Pirnegger in the ORF/ARD series St. Josef am Berg. Krassnitzer has twice been awarded a ‘Romy’ (audience choice award) for most popular actor/actress in a TV series (2000 and 2008), as well as the Grimme Prize for the Tatort episode ‘Angezählt’. Alongside his acting work, he has published a book of short stories and actively campaigns for the protection of children and young people.