PROFILE: Tobias Fünke
We take a look at struggling actor, Tobias Fünke, in part the seventh of our nine-part series profiling Newport Beach’s own Bluth family.
You may have seen Tobias Fünke in such roles as “Frightened Inmate #2,” but acting success was hard to come by for this former psychiatrist. It’s been a long winding journey for Fünke, whose story first starts in the hallowed halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a fellowship in psycho-linguistics. Fünke quickly became chief resident of psychiatry at Mass General, but his career quickly flamed out when he admistered CPR to a person, who as it turned out, was not having a heart attack.
After mistaking homosexuals protesting the yacht club for pirates going to a theme party, Fünke became intersted acting. But after being turned down for bit parts in commercials and at the local community theater, Fünke tried his hand at directing for the local school’s staging of Much Ado About Nothing. But his surprise casting of football player Steve Holt in the role of Beatrice led to scathing reviews in the school paper, and Fünke was emotionally devastated.
His career now tumbling without direction, Fünke was nearly persuaded to return to medicine, when fortune brought him together with Carl Weathers, star of 1988’s Action Jackson, who took the budding young star under his tutelage. His hard work and dedication would finally pay off, as Fünke landed the role of “Frightened Inmate #2.”
But Fünke would be thrown for a turn when he received the script, and found out that his scene would require nudity. Unbeknownst to producers, Fünke suffers from a rare psychological affliction known as never nude. With the guidance of his loving wife, Lindsay, Fünke was able to overcome his condition.