The 40 Best Austrian Actors

by flo1991 | created - 07 Dec 2010 | updated - 12 Jul 2011 | Public

1. Maximilian Schell

Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg

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 ...

2. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

3. Helmut Qualtinger

Actor | Der Name der Rose

Helmut Qualtinger was born on October 8, 1928 in Vienna, Austria. He was an actor and writer, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), Der Paukenspieler (1967) and Das falsche Gewicht (1971). He was married to Vera Borek and Seidler, Leomare. He died on September 29, 1986 in Vienna.

4. Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor | Out of Africa

Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.

5. Josef Hader

Actor | Der Knochenmann

Josef Hader was born on February 14, 1962 in Waldhausen, Austria. After attending grammar school in Melk (Lower Austria) he started studying Germany and History in 1981, but actually he focused on his talent as a comedian. In 1982 he wrote his first cabaret play called "Fort Geschritten". For his ...

6. Peter Lorre

Actor | Casablanca

Peter Lorre was born Laszlo Lowenstein on Roszahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for ...

7. Tobias Moretti

Actor | Kommissar Rex

Tobias Moretti was born on July 11, 1959 in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria as Tobias Bloéb. He is an actor, known for Kommissar Rex (1994), Das finstere Tal (2014) and The Return of the Dancing Master (2004). He has been married to Julia Moretti since August 31, 1997. They have three children.

8. Peter Alexander

Actor | Im weissen Rössl

To paraphrase the Beatles, one could say that, like Michelle and Ma Belle, Peter Alexander and Music are words that go together well, for the Austrian entertainer (musician, singer and actor) was associated with music from cradle to tomb. Born in Vienna in 1926, the son of a banker and his wife, ...

9. Gunther Philipp

Actor | Unsere tollen Tanten

Gunther Philipp was born on June 8, 1918 in Maroshévíz, Hungary, Austria-Hungary as Gunther Placheta. He was an actor and writer, known for Unsere tollen Tanten (1961), Mikosch, der Stolz der Kompanie (1958) and Im weissen Rössl (1960). He was married to Gisela Kirchberg, Monika S., Anna-Maria...

10. Karl Markovics

Actor | Die Fälscher

Karl Markovics was born on August 29, 1963 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and director, known for The Counterfeiters (2007), Breathing (2011) and Superwelt (2015). He is married to Stephanie Taussig. They have two children.

11. Curd Jürgens

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser ...

12. Alfred Dorfer

Writer | Dorfers Donnerstalk

Alfred Dorfer is an Austrian actor, stage comedian and script writer. He was studying "Theatre studies" at the University of Vienna when he met the actor Herwig Seeböck, who started to train him in acting. Dorfer discontinued his academic studies for 25 years, but made his Master in 2007, followed ...

13. Andreas Lust

Actor | Der Räuber

Andreas Lust was born on March 20, 1967 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor, known for Der Räuber (2010), Munich (2005) and Schnell ermittelt (2009).

14. Paulus Manker

Director | Schmutz

Paulus Manker was born on January 25, 1958 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and director, known for Schmutz (1987), Weininger's Last Night (1990) and Der Kopf des Mohren (1995).

15. Roland Düringer

Actor | Hinterholz 8

Roland Düringers grew up in Vienna, Austria, where his father was a cloakroom attendant at the famous Viennese Burgtheater. Düringer, who was at that time pupil of a "Secondary technical college" met (because of father occupation) the actor Herwig Seeböck, who invited him to his theatre workshops ...

16. Erwin Steinhauer

Actor | Brüder

Erwin Steinhauer was born on September 19, 1951 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor, known for Brüder (2002), Brüder III - Auf dem Jakobsweg (2006) and Thank You for Bombing (2015).

17. Fritz Muliar

Actor | Kommissar Rex

After his education at the Vienna Conservatory he got his first engagement at Stella Kadmons cabaret in 1937. Little time later he was engaged at the 'Theater an der Josefstadt', where he became one of Austria's most popular artists and where he is still acting and directing in various productions.

18. Wolfgang Böck

Actor | Trautmann

Wolfgang Böck was born on January 14, 1953 in Linz, Austria. He is an actor, known for Trautmann (2000), The Red Violin (1998) and Brüder III - Auf dem Jakobsweg (2006). He has been married to Sonja Krensner since 2004. They have one child.

19. August Schmölzer

Actor | Schindler's List

August Schmölzer was born on June 27, 1958 in St. Stefan ob Stainz, Styria, Austria. He is an actor and writer, known for Schindler's List (1993), Die Familienanwältin (2006) and Downfall (2004). He was previously married to Isabella Hübner.

20. Hans Moser

Actor | Sieben Jahre Pech

Hans Moser was born on August 6, 1880 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Johann Julier. He was an actor, known for Sieben Jahre Pech (1940), Symphonie in Gold (1956) and Schwarz auf Weiß (1943). He was married to Blanca Moser. He died on June 19, 1964 in Vienna, Austria.

21. Michael Ostrowski

Actor | Die unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott

Michael Ostrowski was born to two school teachers on January 3, 1973 in Leoben, Austria as Michael Stockinger. During the time he studied English/American Studies and French at the University Graz he started to act in a theater group and instead of writing his dissertation he wrote the script for "...

22. Nicholas Ofczarek

Actor | Wir Staatskünstler

Nicholas Ofczarek was born on May 30, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and writer, known for Wir Staatskünstler (2011), The Team (2015) and Braunschlag (2012). He is married to Tamara Metelka. They have one child.

23. Karl Merkatz

Actor | Der Bockerer

Karl Merkatz was born on November 17, 1930 in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria, Austria. He is an actor, known for Der Bockerer (1981), Der Bockerer 2 (1996) and Der Bockerer IV - Prager Frühling (2003).

24. Johannes Silberschneider

Actor | Le violon rouge

Johannes Silberschneider was born on December 13, 1958 in Mautern, Styria, Austria as Johannes Patriz Raimund Silberschneider. He is an actor, known for The Red Violin (1998), Das ewige Leben (2015) and Hamlet_X (2003).

25. Robert Stadlober

Actor | Sommersturm

Robert Stadlober was born on August 3, 1982 in Friesach, Carinthia, Austria. He is an actor, known for Sommersturm (2004), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Crazy (2000).

26. Simon Schwarz

Actor | Die Siebtelbauern

Simon Schwarz was born on January 10, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and producer, known for Die Siebtelbauern (1998), Alles wird gut (2015) and Come Sweet Death (2000).

27. Peter Simonischek

Actor | Toni Erdmann

Peter Simonischek was born on August 6, 1946 in Graz, Austria. He is an actor, known for Toni Erdmann (2016), Hierankl (2003) and Rubinrot (2013). He has been married to Brigitte Karner since August 26, 1989. They have two children. He was previously married to Charlotte Schwab.

28. Peter Weck

Actor | Ich heirate eine Familie...

Peter Weck was born on August 12, 1930 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and director, known for Ich heirate eine Familie... (1983), Sissi (1955) and Hilfe, ich liebe Zwillinge (1969). He was previously married to Ingrid Muttone.

29. Manuel Rubey

Actor | Falco - Verdammt, wir leben noch!

Manuel Rubey was born on March 26, 1979 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and producer, known for Falco - Verdammt, wir leben noch! (2008), Gruber geht (2015) and Fauner Consulting (2011).

30. Harald Krassnitzer

Actor | Tatort

Harald Krassnitzer was born on September 10, 1960 in Grödig, Salzburg, Austria. He is an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Der Bergdoktor (1992) and Mutig in die neuen Zeiten - Nur keine Wellen (2006).

31. Michael Niavarani

Actor | Novotny und Maroudi

Michael Niavarani was born on April 29, 1968 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and writer, known for Novotny und Maroudi (2005), Ex - Eine romantische Komödie (2008) and Kaisermühlen Blues (1992).

32. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | Predator

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...

33. Andreas Vitásek

Actor | Brüder III - Auf dem Jakobsweg

Andreas Vitásek was born on May 1, 1956 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and writer, known for Brüder III - Auf dem Jakobsweg (2006), Müllers Büro (1986) and Vitasek? (2010).

34. Helmut Berger

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Helmut Berger - Austrian born film actor, mostly known for starring in Luchino Visconti's films, which are now considered modern classics. Born Helmut Steinberger in Salzburg in 1944, he turned down a prospect of running a family hotel business and went to London where he worked as waiter to pay ...

35. Otto Schenk

Actor | Die Fledermaus

Otto Schenk was born on June 12, 1930 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and director, known for Die Fledermaus (1972), Arabella (1977) and Merry-Go-Round (1973). He has been married to Renée Michaelis since 1956. They have one child.

36. Karlheinz Hackl

Actor | Sophie's Choice

Karlheinz Hackl was born on May 16, 1949 in Vienna, Austria. He was an actor and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), Tatort (1970) and Radetzkymarsch (1994). He was married to Maria Köstlinger and Brigitta Furgler. He died on June 1, 2014 in Vienna.

37. Götz Kauffmann

Actor | Ein echter Wiener geht nicht unter

Götz Kauffmann was born on January 15, 1949 in Vienna, Austria as Gottfried Maria Friedrich Marcellinus Kauffmann. He was an actor, known for Ein echter Wiener geht nicht unter (1975), Kaisermühlen Blues (1992) and Tales from the Vienna Woods (1979). He died on January 26, 2010 in Vienna.

38. Alfred Böhm

Actor | Herr im Haus bin ich

Alfred Böhm was born on March 23, 1920 in Vienna, Austria. He was an actor, known for Herr im Haus bin ich (1970), Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (1960) and Wenn die Bombe platzt (1958). He died on September 22, 1995 in Ströblitz, Lower Austria, Austria.

39. O.W. Fischer

Actor | Ich suche dich

O.W. Fischer was born on April 1, 1915 in Klosterneuburg, Austria-Hungary as Otto Wilhelm Fischer. He was an actor and director, known for Ich suche dich (1956), Helden (1958) and Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955). He was married to Anna Usell. He died on January 29, 2004 in Lugano...

40. Heinrich Schweiger

Actor | Hiob

Heinrich Schweiger was born on July 23, 1931 in Vienna, Austria. He was an actor, known for Hiob (1978), Franz Schubert (1953) and Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk (1972). He was married to Ursula Stenzel. He died on July 14, 2009 in Salzburg, Austria.



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