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1. Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz Actor, Django Unchained Christoph Waltz was born to Elisabeth Urbancic, a costume designer, and Johannes Waltz, a stage builder. He has 3 siblings. He was born into a theater family. His grandmother was the Viennese Burgtheater actress Maria Mayen, and his step-grandfather was fellow Burgtheater actor Emmerich Reimers. Christoph attended the Theresianium and Billrothstrasse in Vienna...
2. Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr Actress, Samson and Delilah The woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz) and Emil Kiesler, who were both from Jewish families. Hedy was a student of theater director Max Reinhardt in Berlin...
3. Francis Lawrence Francis Lawrence Director, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
4. Boris Kodjoe Boris Kodjoe Actor, Surrogates
5. Maximilian Schell Maximilian Schell Actor, Deep Impact Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and Marcello Mastroianni...
6. Niki Lauda Niki Lauda Self, Die Zukunft hat Geburtstag - 100 Jahre Automobil Born to a wealthy family in Vienna, Niki Lauda did not use the conventional methods of a man his means to become a world champion race driver. Far from it, his family disapproved and refused to finance his career, but Lauda plodded on, racing in the lesser ranks before getting his first break in Formula 1 with March...
7. Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig Writer, The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Fritz Lang Fritz Lang Director, M He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
9. Romy Schneider Romy Schneider Actress, Sissi Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi. Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine...
10. John Banner John Banner Actor, 36 Hours John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe prison-camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes, was born on January 28, 1910 in Vienna, the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old Banner, who was Jewish, was forced to abandon his homeland after the 1938 Anschluss (union) between Nazi Germany and Austria...
11. Bibi Besch Bibi Besch Actress, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Bibi Besch was a very busy supporting actress who had worked in television for over twenty years before she was nominated for an Emmy. She received one supporting actress Emmy nomination for Doing Time on Maple Drive and another in 1993 for a guest appearance on Northern Exposure. While Bibi is a veteran of dozens of television movies from 1976 to 1995...
12. Maria Schell Maria Schell Actress, Superman Maria Schell studied in a religious institution in Colmar (Haut-Rhin, France). She received a dramatic training in Zurich, Switzerland. To pay her studies, she was a secretary there. Besides being a film star; Maria appeared in plays in Zurich, Basel, in Vienna (Josefstad Theater), Berlin, Munich (Kammerspiel Theater)...
13. Senta Berger Senta Berger Actress, Cross of Iron Senta Berger was born in 1941 in Vienna, Austria to her father Josef Berger who was a musician and her mother Therese Berger, a school teacher. Senta and her father performed together when she was just four years old. She sang and her dad played the piano. At five years old, she took ballet lessons and at 14...
14. Karl Markovics Karl Markovics Actor, The Counterfeiters
15. Walter Slezak Walter Slezak Actor, One Life to Live Tall, portly Viennese character actor Walter Slezak simultaneously pursued two different careers after his arrival in America in 1930: one, as a star of musical comedy on the stage, and another, as a portrayer of villains, impish rogues or pompous buffoons on screen. Born of a musical family in May 1902...
16. Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim Actor, Sunset Blvd. After spending some time working in his father's hat factory he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in various jobs he arrived in Hollywood in 1914 and got work in D.W. Griffiths' company as a bit player. America's entry into WW1 enabled him to play sadistic monocled German officers but these roles dried up when the war ended...
17. Oskar Werner Oskar Werner Actor, Jules and Jim This remote, rather morose and, as a result, intriguing Viennese talent was born in 1922, not far from the birthplace of "Waltz King" Johann Strauss, and christened Oskar Josef Bschließmayer. His parents divorced when he was fairly young. While growing up in school, performing in plays aroused a deep desire to act...
18. Roland Kickinger Roland Kickinger Actor, Terminator Salvation Roland was born in Vienna, Austria. He spent his childhood in Vienna, where he enjoyed swimming and playing soccer. At the early age of 15 decided he wanted to become a bodybuilder. From that day on, Roland dedicated his life to becoming his very best. While training, Roland continued schooling and graduated from college with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management...
19. Ulrich Seidl Ulrich Seidl Director, Dog Days
20. Fred Zinnemann Fred Zinnemann Director, High Noon Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film.
21. Theodore Bikel Theodore Bikel Actor, My Fair Lady Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as cardboard cutouts in the hands of lesser actors...
22. Leon Askin Leon Askin Actor, One, Two, Three As a nine year-old boy, Leon Askin recited a 17-stanza eulogy for Emperor Franz Josef in front of the city hall in Vienna's 9th District. Little did the son of a salesman know then that he would one day be the student of Max Reinhardt and Louise Dumont, and discover Jura Soyfer while directing the political cabaret "ABC"...
23. Joseph Schildkraut Joseph Schildkraut Actor, The Diary of Anne Frank An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola...
24. Lilia Skala Lilia Skala Actress, Flashdance Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala would become a star on two continents. In pre-World War II Austria she starred in famed Max Reinhardt's stage troupe, and in post-war America she would become a notable matronly, award-worthy character star on Broadway and in films. Forced to flee her Nazi-occupied homeland with her Jewish husband and two young sons in the late 1930s...
25. Lotte Lenya Lotte Lenya Actress, From Russia with Love Lotte Lenya was a Tony Award-winning and Academy award-nominated actress and singer who is best remembered for her supporting role as Rosa Klebb in the classic Bond film From Russia with Love. She was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer on October 18, 1898, in Vienna, Austria (at that time Austro-Hungarian Empire)...
26. Nora von Waldstätten Nora von Waldstätten Actress, Gravity Nora began acting in television and film while she was a student at the Berlin Arts University, where she graduated in 2007. She won the Bunte Magazine "New Faces" award for best young German actress in 2009, and received the Max Ophüls Prize for "Most Promising Actress" in January 2010. Nora is a descendant of the famous Martha Elizabeth...
27. Josef von Sternberg Josef von Sternberg Director, The Blue Angel Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
28. Celia Lovsky Celia Lovsky Actress, Soylent Green Daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Celia was born in Vienna where she trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and Music. She was a rising stage star in Vienna and Berlin in 1929, when she met future husband Peter Lorre. Celia accompanied the Jewish Lorre when he fled Hitler's Berlin to Vienna in 1933...
29. Stefan Ruzowitzky Stefan Ruzowitzky Director, The Counterfeiters
30. Maria Rohm Maria Rohm Actress, Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion Maria Rohm started acting at the famous Vienna Burgtheatre from age 4 to 13, where she worked in such classics as William Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream", Leo Tolstoy's autobiography "Und das Licht scheint in der Finsternis", Ferdinand Raimund's "Der Bauer als Millionär" etc. She worked with many of the great German stage actors such as Attila Hörbiger...
31. Oskar Homolka Oskar Homolka Actor, Sabotage Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic empire at the time...
32. Max Steiner Max Steiner Music Department, Gone with the Wind Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one year...
33. Margarete Tiesel Margarete Tiesel Actress, Paradise: Love
34. Eric Pohlmann Eric Pohlmann Actor, The Return of the Pink Panther Born in Vienna. Studied at Max Reinhardt School. Early years as entertainer at Reiss Bar in Vienna. Often appeared at still-existing Raimund-Theater. Met wife, Liselotte, on stage in Brno (now Czech Republic). She escaped to London in 1938, he in 1939, where they married that year. Frequent appearances on German BBC during the war...
35. Michel Muller Michel Muller Actor, Wasabi
36. Arno Frisch Arno Frisch Actor, Funny Games
37. Kurt Kasznar Kurt Kasznar Actor, The Last Time I Saw Paris As a young man, Kurt Kasznar enrolled in Max Reinhardt's seminars. He came to the US in the mid-30s in "The Eternal Road", in which he played at least 12 roles. In 1941, he produced the New York show, "Crazy with the Heat". That same year, he was drafted into the army, where he was trained as a cinematographer and served in the Pacific...
38. Walter Christian Mair Walter Christian Mair Music Department, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Classically trained in Vienna, Ivor Novello nominated and Telly award winning composer Walter Mair creates dramatic original scores for feature films (The List, Seamonsters, Alone In The Dark) and video games (Killzone: Mercenary, Empire: Total War, Viking: Battle For Asgard). Studying in his native Austria...
39. Philipp Karner Philipp Karner Actor, The Wind
40. Jocelyn Lane Jocelyn Lane Actress, Tickle Me Jocelyn Lane is one of the most stunningly beautiful, and overlooked, actresses to grace the screen. Born Jocelyn Bolton in Austria to British parents in 1937, she was the younger sister of Mara Lane, who was considered one of the most beautiful models in the UK during the early 1950s. Either because...
41. Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman Actor, Die Hard: With a Vengeance
42. Reggie Nalder Reggie Nalder Actor, The Man Who Knew Too Much With a mysterious past and a mouth marred by burns, Reggie Nalder has a unique, if under appreciated, place in the history of cinema. Born Alfred Reginald Natzick in Vienna, Austria, the year of his birth has been a matter of speculation. While his obituary in the New York Times claimed 1922, photographic evidence has revealed that it was significantly earlier; most sources now cite 1911...
43. Turhan Bey Turhan Bey Actor, The Amazing Mr. X Popular leading man in 1940's Hollywood who, with his suave demeanor, exotically handsome looks and well-modulated voice, was first called upon to portray mysterious or villainous characters. Soon he would be teamed with other "exotics" (e.g. Maria Montez and Sabu) in a series of escapist adventures...
44. Hans Buhringer Hans Buhringer Actor, Die Hard
45. Andreas Prochaska Andreas Prochaska Director, Dead in 3 Days
46. Jessica Hausner Jessica Hausner Writer, Lourdes
47. Phillippa Galli Phillippa Galli Actress, Delivering Hope
48. Tilly Losch Tilly Losch Actress, The Good Earth
49. Johannes Krisch Johannes Krisch Actor, Revanche
50. Walt Gorney Walt Gorney Actor, Friday the 13th Character actor Walt Gorney was born on April 12, 1912 in Vienna, Austria. He came to the United States when he was ten years old and lived with his family in Massachusetts. He had at least three younger sisters. In 1946, Gorney moved to an apartment in Greenwich Village in New York City. Walt appeared...
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