Buck grew up on the family farm in Nienwohld, Schleswig -Holstein, on and completed after school and civil service trained as a farmer. Even during the apprenticeship, he turned at the age of 21 years, his first film First work, then? . The film was released a short time after recording Bucks at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, where he studied from 1985 to 1989. Several of his incurred while studying films were shown years later on television or in the movies.
In 1991, together with Claus Boje Buck the BojeBuck Filmproduktion GbR, which changed its name a year later in BojeBuck Produktion GmbH. The company produced its first feature film Karniggels (1991 ) with Bernd Michael Lade and Julia Hunter. A larger audience was Detlev Buck with his film We can also differently (1993, with Joachim Król and Horst Krause ) is known. This was at the 1993 Berlinale premiere and was praised by the international jury.
Buck led at various German hit films of the 1990s, directing, including men's board ( with Til Schweiger, Marie Bäumer and Heike Makatsch ), with whom he had his breakthrough. It occurs in his films often also as a performer on or has cameo appearances. Buck was seen in the staged by Leander Haussmann Friedrich Schiller filming Kabale und Liebe (TV). Other roles he had in Mr. Lehmann ( Christian elm ), Sun Alley ( with Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Henry Hübchen, Shia LaBeouf and Katharina Thalbach ), in Blue Moon and in Aimée and Jaguar. The end of September 2005, he played a major role in the comedy NVA Leander Haussmann.
In 2007, he was able to steer clear of Mississippi, where the struggle of a girl to rescue her horse is told also in the category of children 's and youth film achieved success.
From November 2008 to January 2009, the shooting took place at Bucks movie Same Same But Different, a love story between a German backpackers (David Kross, the buck had already engaged for Tough Enough ) and an HIV-positive Cambodian. The script is based on the autobiographical book Where do you also go by Benjamin Prüfer.
As CEO of Silver Lake Film GmbH Buck has also worked as a commercial director. In the company originated between 1994 and 1996 for the beer Flensburg Pilsner commercials that show the so typical of Buck humor. With Joachim Löw he shot commercials for Nivea.
From October 2005, moderated Buck for a few months on N24 along with journalist and film critic Knut Elstermann the weekly broadcast Cinema Talk, were discussed in the movies. Since 2005 he is member of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg.
Detlev Buck has three daughters and lives in Berlin and in Nienwohld.
- 2012: Heavy Metal meets Karniggels: Detlev Buck goes Wacken (NDR )