Mario Maurer (Thai: มาริโอ้ เมาเร่อ, Thai pronunciation: [maːríʔôː mawrɤ̂ː], German pronunciation: [ˈmaːʁio ˈmaʊ̯ʁɐ]; born December 4, 1988) is a Thai model and actor. Starting off a career as a model at age 16, he later became best known for his lead role in the 2007 film, The Love of Siam and the 2010 sleeper hit, First Love. He also the lead star of Thailand's highest grossing film of all time, Pee Mak. He is also part of a group called 4+1 Channel 3 Superstar with Nadech Kugimiya, Prin Suparat, Pakorn Chatborirak, and Phupoom Pongpanu.



When Maurer was 16 years old, he was approached at Siam Square to try out modeling. From there on, he started doing photo shoots, commercials and music videos. In 2007, he made his feature film debut in a leading role in The Love of Siam, written and directed by Chukiat Sakweerakul. The role "Tong" brought him many accolades and instant fame far beyond Thailand's borders. Commenting on his new-found fame, "I didn't want to do it, Acting wasn't on my to-do list." He decided to do the movie because he trusted the director "Chukiat" and the movie would give him many opportunities. He'd be making money to help his family. He became famous in this film because of his gay role.

He won the Best Actor award in Starpics Thai Films Awards and also nominated in Bangkok Critics Assembly and Star Entertainment Awards.

Director Bhandit Rittakol had approached Maurer for Boonchu 9, but he was tied up with other projects. He has been cast in the 2008 film by Chatchai Naksuriya, Friendship. The film is set around 1983. Maurer starring opposite Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, as 12th grade student. That same year he appeared in a segment of the four-story anthology 4 Romance (segment "Joob" or Kiss) directed by Rashane Limtrakul Maurer's projects after 2008 include a comedy-horror film written and directed by Yuthlert Sippapak, Rahtree Reborn, scheduled for release in April 2009, in which he starred opposite Chermarn Boonyasak.

Maurer gained popularity after he starred in the 2010 film First Love.

Other work

His brother Marco, teamed up in a hip-hop duo "PsyCho & Lil’Mario" with Mario. They have released their debut PsyCho & Lil’Mario: Dem Crazy Boyz on October 31, 2007. He worked as a hypeman in this album. But Maurer later described "It was just for fun. I know myself – I'm not a singer. That's not my dream."

Maurer participated in endorsements for the first time for Exit Rollon and other popular brands such as The Pizza Company, Sugus, Foremost and now he acted as the presenter for Honda Jazz, Pepsi, Dutchmill and Sony Ericsson. In July 2011, he was signed to become an endorser for the Philippine clothing brand, Penshoppe following the unexpected popularity from the showing of his film Crazy Little Thing Called Love on ABS-CBN network. He also signed a one movie picture contract with Star Cinema, a Philippine film production company. He will be paired with Erich Gonzales in the film that is due to release in 2012 entitled Suddenly It's Magic. On October 28, 2011, Maurer had a Press and Fan Conference in Philippine International Convention Center with thousands of fans in attendance, as a part of his official launch as a Penshoppe endorser. On October 29, he hit the runway at the Philippine Fashion Week held at SMX Convention Center. On August 3, 2013, Maurer return to the Philippines for promoting his movie Pee Mak and had a fan conference in two venues, SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia the following day together with Baifern Pimchanok, as part of Baifern's official Penshoppe endorser. As expected, thousands of fans in attendance for continuing support for both stars of the 2010 hit movie First Love.

Personal life

Maurers interest include skateboarding, hip-hop, and cars. Even though he is of Thai Chinese and German descent, he cannot speak German and only understands some Mandarin. He is a native speaker of Thai and also speaks English. He is Roman Catholic. His father Roland died of a heart attack resulting from diabetes on June 27, 2011. He has a very close relationship with his elder brother who works as a hip-hop artist and actor as well.

Maurer and Witwisit Hiranyawongkul

Due to the success of The Love of Siam, the chemistry between Mew, played by Witwisit Hiranyawongkul and Tong, played by Maurer, has been an issue and a trending topic. Hiranyawongkul has told reporters that he and Maurer are just good friends, and credited the film's editing for their seeming chemistry on-screen: "Usually, when having dialogue in the movie, we were facing different cameras." On the set, their eyes usually met the film crews', who helped make sure they acted with the right expressions.

The two later performed together at a concert after not seeing each other in years, at which Maurer asked him "Mew, do you miss Tong?", and Hiranyawongkul responded "Let me think about that. If Tong didn't invite me, I wouldn't be here".

They were also seen together during the ending credits of the film Love on that Day, in which Mario was the lead actor but in which Hiranyawongkul had not been a member of the cast.

On the English and Thai-language TV show English Breakfast, Maurer was asked by one of its hosts if he has been "accused of being gay" due to his role in The Love of Siam. He replied "Yeah, people accused me, saying 'Are you gay'? You're kissing a man." When asked how he deals with that, he replied "If people see me in my eyes or talk to me, they'll know I'm a straight man. I'm not gay."



2007The Love of SiamTongCritically acclaimed movie
2008FriendshipSinghaLead role
4 RomanceMee / Beaver
2009Rahtree RebornRung
Rahtree Revenge
2010Saranae SiblorAke
First LoveShone
EternityYoung buddhist monkCameo appearance
The DogArtLead role
Saranae Hen PhiDoh
2011The OutrageMonkSupporting role
Bangkok AssassinsNaLead role
2012Friends Never DieGun
Rak Sud TeenAek
Love On That DayMartinChinese film
Jan Dara: The BeginningJan DaraLead role
Suddenly It's MagicMarcus HansonPhilippine film
2013Pee MakMakLead role
Jan Dara: The FinaleJan Dara
2015PrisanaMarioShort film
2016Take Me HomeTanLead role

Television series

2010Tai Fah Tawan DiowMinhoModernine TV
2011Plerng TorranongPlerngrit "Plerng"Channel 3
2012Rak Kerd Nai Talad SodeTong
2013Madam DunNeks
2014Roy Ruk Hak Liam TawanOnizuka Takeshi (Tawan)
Roy Fun Tawan Deard
2015Song Huajai Nee Puea TurTharatorn / Warong
2016Bun Lang Dok MaiAnawin
2017Buang Ban Ja ThornLao Perng


2008Honda Jazz
Babi Mild
Dutch Mill
Sony Ericsson
2009-2010Honda Scoopy PGM-FI
Prickly Heat Powder
2012Chappy Shoes
Ivy Chrysanthemum Drink
Jack 'n Jill Biscuit
Tesco Lotus
2013-Calbee Jaxx
Mitsubishi New Attragewith Kimberly Ann Voltemas
Nissin Noodle (2013), Cup Noodle (2014-)
2013Government Savings Bank (GSB)with Rasri Balenciaga
2013-Pond's Men Energy Charge (2013-), Pollution Out (2014-)
2014Wall's Lipton Crush
Calpis Lacto
Koncept Furniture
2015-GATSBY Moving Rubber
Scotch Collagen-M with Zinc
Aerosoft Fly
HOOQwith Esther Supreeleela
Colly Chlorophyll Plus Fiber
2016-Honda Click 125i
Cathy Doll AA Cream & AA Matte Powder Cushion
BeNice Fruit Essence

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2nd Asian Film Awards
Best Supporting ActorThe Love of SiamNominated
1st Siam Dara Star Awards
Hot Young ManWon
6th Starpics Thai Films Awards
Best ActorWon
17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards
6th Thailand Film Festival Awards
Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
7th Star Entertainment Awards
Best ActorNominated
10th Cinemanila International Film Festival
6th Seventeen Choice Awards
Seventeen Choice Hottie MaleWon
3rd OK! Awards
Rising Star AwardWon
9th Top Awards
Best Rising Star Film ActorFriendshipWon
IN Young Generation Awards
Hot Guy AwardN/AWon
10th Top Awards
Best Film ActorRahtree RebornNominated
IN Young Generation Awards
Sexy Guy AwardN/AWon
19th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards
Best-Looking ActorFirst LoveNominated
9th Star Entertainment Awards
Favorite ActorNominated
11th Top Awards
Best Film ActorWon
1st Mthai Top Talk Awards
Top-talk Star Couple
(with Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul)
9th Seventeen Choice Awards
Seventeen Choice Hottie MaleNominated
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Most Popular ActorPlerng TorranongNominated
9th Kom Chad Luek Awards
Excellent Actor for DramaNominated
Popular Actor AwardNominated
Mekhala Awards
Anti-Drugs CelebrityN/AWon
6th Asian Film Awards
Best Supporting ActorThe OutrageNominated
12th Top Awards
Best Film ActorJan Dara: The BeginningNominated
23rd Star Party TV Pool Awards
Attractive Smile Star AwardN/AWon
1st Candy Style Awards
Most Stylish Candy Cover BoyN/AWon
10th Seventeen Choice Awards
Seventeen Choice ActorN/AWon
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Most Popular ActorRak Kerd Nai Talad SodeNominated
SeeSan Bunterng Awards
Popular Leading Male of the YearWon
6th Nine Entertain Awards
Actor of the YearRak Kerd Nai Talad Sode & Jan Dara: The BeginningNominated
27th TV Gold Awards
Outstanding ActorRak Kerd Nai Talad SodeNominated
10th Kom Chad Luek Awards
Best Drama ActorNominated
Popular Actor AwardNominated
6th Siam Dara Star Awards
Actor ExcellentPee MakWon
Most Popular Male StarNominated
11th Seventeen Choice Awards
Hot Guys of the YearWon
2nd Kerd Awards
Born to be Together
(with Davika Hoorne)
Kerd of the YearWon
9th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards
Pop Screen Kiss
(with Erich Gonzales)
Suddenly It's MagicNominated
Pop Love Team
(with Erich Gonzales)
11th Starpics Thai Films Awards
Best ActorPee MakWon
22nd Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards
Best ActorNominated
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Most Popular ActorMadam DunNominated
7th Nine Entertain Awards
Actor of the YearPee Mak & Jan Dara: The FinaleWon
28th TV Gold Awards
Outstanding ActorMadam DunNominated
8th Kazz Awards
Popular Actor AwardPee MakNominated
Superstar Man of the YearNominated
3rd Daradaily The Great Awards
Best Film Actor of the YearWon
7th Siam Dara Star Awards
Most Popular Male StarN/ANominated
12th Seventeen Choice Awards
Seventeen Choice ActorN/AWon
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Most Popular ActorRoy Ruk Hak Liam TawanNominated
1st TrueLife Awards
Leading Actor of the YearNominated
SeeSan Bunterng Awards
Popular Leading Male of the YearWon
4th Daradaily The Great Awards
Drama Actor of the YearNominated
Maya Channel Awards
Best Leading Actor (Drama)Nominated
8th Siam Dara Star Awards
Most Popular Male StarN/ANominated
Men's Health Magazine Thailand
Men's Health Best SellerN/AWon
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Most Popular ActorSong Huajai Nee Puea TurNominated
2nd TrueLife Awards
Leading Actor of the YearNominated
5th Daradaily The Great Awards
Cool Guy of the YearN/ANominated
Mekala Awards
Star Vote Good Of The YearN/ANominated
11th OK! Awards
Female HeartthrobN/APending