Actor Jürgen Hartmann was born 1965 in Stuttgart. After training to be a clown with Frieder Nögge he studied at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and was then employed at the Staatstheater Darmstadt from 1992 to 1997. He was nominated actor of the year 1966 for his role in Liliom, directed by Michael Gruner. Various engagements followed: at the Nationaltheater Weimar, where he played Tasso and Oedipus and starred in Faust 1 and Faust 2, and at Theater Dortmund, as well as guest roles at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, at Theater Bremen, at the Oper Dortmund, at Theater Braunschweig, at Stadttheater Berne and at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Under the directorship of Anselm Weber, Hartmann was a permanent ensemble member at Schauspiel Essen 2009/2010 and from the 2010/2011 season at Schauspielhaus Bochum. In 2014/2015 he was nominated for best actor in North Rhine/Westphalia.
Hartmann has worked with directors such as Hermann Schmidt Rahmer, Eric de Vroedt, Roger Vontobel, David Bösch, Sebastian Nübling, Nuran David Calis, Tamás Ascher, Christina Paulhofer and Daniela Löffler. In 2001 he directed Bartsch and in 2002 Misery, both in Dortmund. He has also appeared in many film and TV productions, including films by Tom Tykwer, Dominik Graf, Matti Geschonnek and Friedemann Fromm. Since 2007 he has played the role of forensic expert Dr Vogt for the crime series Tatort in Stuttgart and in 2016 starred in the TV film Big Manni directed by Nikki Stein.