The Best Living German Actors

Die besten noch lebenden deutschen männlichen Schauspieler.
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Jürgen Prochnow
Actor, Das Boot
Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the gritty WW II film Das Boot, which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood productions.
 
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Götz George
Actor, Tatort
Götz George, born in Berlin in 1938, is the son of the famous actor Heinrich George and his wife, the actress Berta Drews. After first appearances on the stage of Berlin's Hebbel Theater during his childhood, Götz George was trained as an actor by the recognized teacher Else Bongers. At the age of 15...
 
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Sebastian Koch
On stage, television or the movie theatre screen Sebastian Koch is undeniably one of Germany s most multi-faceted and successful actors. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, May 31, 1962, he spent his childhood and youth in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany. He planned to become a musician, but in the late seventies a Stuttgart theater production by director Claus Peymann...
 
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Hardy Krüger
At thirteen years, German-born and raised Hardy Kruger became a member of the "Hitler Jugend" (Hitler Youth), as did all 13-year-old boys in Germany then. The purpose of the organization was to prepare the boys for military service. At age 15, Hardy made his film debut in a German picture (Junge Adler)...
 
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Thomas Kretschmann
Actor, King Kong
Thomas Kretschmann was born in East Germany. Before becoming an actor, he was a swimmer. He has acted in several popular American movies, such as Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Pianist, U-571, In Enemy Hands, etc. He has three children, Nicolas, Stella and Sascha with his ex-girlfriend Lena.
 
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Mario Adorf
Mario Adorf, a tell-tale name indeed. Mario calls to mind the actor's Italian roots (his father was a Calabrian surgeon) whereas Adorf reveals his German origins (his mother was a radiologist from the German region Eifel). As for the full name Mario Adorf it echoes to perfection the international character of this living legend's long career...
“ He is of half German (his mother), half Italian (his father) ancestry. He was raised by his mother in Germany. ” - Anautix
 
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Udo Kier
Actor, Downsizing
Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time with her new baby. The nurses had gathered all of the other babies and returned them to the nursery when the hospital was bombed...
 
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Daniel Brühl
Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was German TV director Hanno Brühl (1937-2010), who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His Spanish mother was a teacher. He also has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium...
 
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“ born in Berlin, German actor of Croatian descent ” - Anautix
 
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“ DDR-Schauspieler ” - Anautix
 
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Moritz Bleibtreu
Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door. He also became internationally known for his work on Run Lola Run...
 
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Til Schweiger
Actor, producer, writer, and director Til Schweiger is Germany's best-known actor and also the country's most successful director. With more than 51 Million admissions no other German filmmaker drew more people to cinemas. He runs his own production company Barefoot Films based in Berlin, Germany. Til Schweiger (born December 19...
 
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Ken Duken
Ken Duken was born on the 17th of April 1979 as a son of an actress and a doctor in Heidelberg / Germany. He started to learn acting from his stage actress mother Christina Loeb. Later he took courses by James Reynolds and Bruce McDonald but he never attended drama school. Before starting his career on television in 1997 Ken acted throughout different stage plays...
 
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Vinzenz Kiefer
Vinzenz was born in 1979 in Weilburg/Lahn. He grew up in a small village between two farms. He loved chasing chickens as well as building cabins in the woods and playing with fire. His parents' video collection was also an early passion of his (later on he took care of it completely and since then, he has expanded it significantly)...
 
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Matthias Schweighöfer
Matthias Schweighöfer is one of the most successful German actors. Born into a family of actors, he soon knew he belonged in front of a camera, too. His parents, the theatre actors Gitta Schweighöfer and Michael Schweighöfer, often took him to some of their rehearsals, so he later participated in his high school's drama group in Chemnitz...
 
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David Kross
Actor, The Reader
David Kross was born on July 4, 1990 in Bargteheide, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany next to Hamburg. He attended Eckhorst High School in Bargteheide till 2007. In this period, he first appears in the German movie Help, I'm a Boy!. He also receives his first leading role in the movie Tough Enough directed by Detlev Buck...
 
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Manfred Krug
In 1950, Krug moved to East Germany where he worked in heavy industry before he started his career as an actor and, later on, as a singer and entertainer in the communist GDR. In 1968, he got the national prize and was only at the beginning of his career. He starred in many successful East German films until he applied for expatriation in 1977...
 
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“ einer der Darsteller in "Stalingrad" (der mit den Segelohren) ” - Anautix
 
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“ DDR-Schauspieler ” - Anautix
 
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Gedeon Burkhard
Born in Munich in 1969, Gedeon was raised bilingual (English & German). He was sent to boarding school in England at the age of 8 and transferred to American high school at the age of 12. Gedeon starred in his first movie (Aunt Maria) when he was 10, his second lead role followed one year later in the American / German co-production Blood and Honor (3 part mini series) as Hartmut Keller...
 
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Frederick Lau
Actor, The Wave
Frederick Lau is a German actor. He was born and raised in Steglitz, Berlin, Germany, and still lives there. He played in over 50 roles since 2000. In 2008 he won the Deutscher Filmpreis award (Lola) for best male role for being Tim Stoltefuss in "Die Welle". He is also known for portraying Wurstjunge in "Die Snobs".
 
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Ralf Moeller
Actor, Gladiator
Ralf Rudolf Moeller (born on 12. January 1959) is a German-American actor and former Mr. Universe. He is well-known for his roles as Brick Bardo in Cyborg, Kjartan in The Viking Sagas, as hero in the TV series "Conan the Adventurer", Hagen in Gladiator, Thorak in The Scorpion King and Ulfar in Pathfinder - The Legend of the Ghost Warrior...
 
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“ DDR-Schauspieler ” - Anautix
 
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Michael Herbig
Michael 'Bully' Herbig studied photography and is well known in the German comedy scene as a writer, director and producer. In addition to his morning radio show 'Langemann und die Morgencrew' from 1992 to 1995, he also made 800 episodes of the comedy radio show 'Die Bayern Cops'. He has appeared in various advertisements and TV specials...
 
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Benno Fürmann
Actor, North Face
Benno Fürmann was born on 17 January 1972 in Berlin, Germany and worked as a waiter, bouncer and drifter before attending acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. After returning to Germany, he played several minor parts in movie and television projects until his breakthrough performance in Die Bubi Scholz Story...
 
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