The Billion Dollar Code cast features Mark Waschke, Mišel Matičević and Lavinia Wilson. This info article contains minor spoilers for the 2021 Netflix miniseries. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Created by Oliver Ziegenbalg and Robert Thalheim, The Billion Dollar Code fictionalizes the story of the late Joachim Sauter. In the early 90s, the German artist founded the company ART+COM and later sued Google. For dramatic purposes, The Billion Dollar Code’s showrunners combine Sauter’s experiences with those of Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss. In 2004, the American siblings sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their intellectual property known as ConnectU. The Netflix series follows two German entrepreneurs who claim that Google infringed upon their patent for Terra Vision, a program that preceded Google Earth by a full decade. Here’s every main performer and character in The Billion Dollar Code.
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Mark Waschke as Carsten Schlüter
Character Profile: A German artist. In early 90s Germany, he collaborates with an innovative programmer named Juri Müller and helps develop a computer algorithm that later inspires the creation of Google Earth. In the 2000s timeline, Carsten sues Google and attempts to prove that one of the company’s employees stole an idea from ART+COM.
Waschke’s Resume: Robert Karow in Tatort (2009-), Georg in The Fire (2011), Thomas Buddenbrook in Buddenbroooks (2008), August Habermann in Habermann (2010), Adult Noah in Dark (2017-20),
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Mišel Matičević as Juri Müller
Character Profile: The co-creator of Terra Vision. In the 2000s timeline, he reunites with Carsten after 15 years apart. Juri learns how to compose himself in court but refuses to lie about his past as a hacker for the Chaos Computer Club.
Matičević’s Resume: Branco in Lost Killers (2000), Clemens Brentano in The Vow (2007), Mischa in In the Face of Crime (2010), Edgar Kasabian in Babylon Berlin (2017-20), Xhafer in Exile (2020)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Lavinia Wilson as Lea Hauswirth
Character Profile: A lawyer for Windmill and Keen in Houston. She represents Carsten and Juri in their court case against Google. Lea incorporates her clients’ personal anecdotes into her opening statements.
Wilson’s Resume: Maria in Alone (2004), Sasha Prillo’s Mother in Æon Flux (2005), Anna in Free to Leave (2007), Helen in Hey Bunny (2016), Brigitte Winkelmann in Deutschland 86 (2018)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Seumas F. Sargent as Eric Spears
Character Profile: Lea’s colleague. In Berlin, he frustrates Juri during a mock trial. Eric teaches his clients how to perform in court, almost to a fault.
Sargent’s Resume: Narrator in A History Of (2016-17), Doug in Tom of Finland (2017), Mark Goldsmith in The Conductor (2018), Conrad Greer in Spy City (2020), Joshua in Armageddon Tales (2021)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Lukas Loughran as Brian Anderson
Character Profile: The head at Silicon Graphics. He befriends the Terra Vision creators in 90s California and later visits them in Berlin. Juri and Carsten claim that Brian used their ideas to create Google Earth.
Loughran’s Resume: Kingsley in Incoming (2018), Junra in Krypton (2018), Martin in Zoo (2018), Detective Evert Ridderwall in The Postcard Killings (2020), Gunnar in Sacrifice (2020)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Clayton Nemrow as Warren Stuart
Character Profile: Google’s defense attorney. He attempts to prove that his client didn’t infringe upon the Terra Vision patent. In court, Warren seeks short and simple answers from Juri and Carsten, only to realize that they have much more to say.
Nemrow’s Resume: Guitarist in Beyond the Sea (2004), Race Announcer in Speed Racer (2008), Journalist in The Ghost Writer (2010), Married Man on Train in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Richard in The Browsing Effect (2018)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Thomas Douglas as Ralph
Character Profile: Lea and Eric’s colleague. He teaches Carsten and Juri how to act in court. Ralph demonstrates how clothing choices and nonverbal behavior can influence the jury.
Douglas’ Resume: Rainer Biller in Tatort (2014-20), Chefarzt in Wilder (2017), Dr. Mark in Awakn (2020), Andrew Meyers in Labyrinth of Peace (2020), John Spencer in Spencer (2021)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Leonard Schleicher as Young Carsten Schlüter
Character Profile: An artist in the 90s timeline. He is reliant on Juri for tech innovations that benefit Terra Vision. Carsten aims to give the new world a new form of media art.
Schleicher’s Resume: Dominik in Finsterworld (2013), Mauser in Once Upon a Time… Indianerland (2017), Frank Strasser in Das Boot (2018-2020), Theo Lemke in The Silent Revolution (2020), Moritz in Hannes (2021)
The Billion Dollar Code Cast: Marius Ahrendt as Young Juri Müller
Character Profile: A hacker in the 90s timeline. He befriends Carsten at a nightclub and offers tech advice. Juri nearly suffers a mental breakdown while developing Terra Vision but ultimately experiences a game-changing epiphany.
Ahrendt’s Resume: Hagen Walsken in Death of a Clown (2020), Hinni Lührs in Altes Land (2020)
The Billion Dollar Code cast also includes Alexis Latham (The Man with the Iron Heart, Radioactive), Anna Brophy (Traces, Back), Michelle Glick (My Brother Jack, Thin Ice) and Dan Cade (Carnival Row, Van Helsing).
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