His stepfather was a chief petty officer in the Navy. He spent his childhood and youth in Neustadt, Holstein. After secondary school, he attended secondary school, switched to vocational school and then to technical high school, where he completed his technical high school diploma. He then studied music and mathematics at the University of Education for five semesters. He dropped out of his studies without graduating. He then trained at the Kiel Drama School from 1982 to 1985. As a result, Prahl worked as a theater actor at the Schleswig-Holstein State Theater as well as in touring theater and other stages. The artist then moved to Berlin in the early 1990s, where he received engagements at the Renaissance Theater, the GRIPS Theater and the Kammerspiele of the German Theater. Prahl then switched to film and television. In 1994 he got his first TV engagement in the television series Bella Block. With the multi-award-winning, episodic film "Nachtgestalten", in which Prahl plays a police

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