The 50 best and most important german actors as of public ratings

by john-hurt-836-514730 | created - 30 Apr 2014 | updated - 06 Apr 2018 | Public

This list is based on public tv-ratings, critics and journalists of major national and international journals which mentioned these actresses and actors in the last twelve months regularly.

1. Matthias Schweighöfer

Actor | You Are Wanted

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 ...

2. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

3. Til Schweiger

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

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.

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4. 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 ...

5. Devid Striesow

Actor | Die Fälscher

Devid Striesow was born on October 1, 1973 in Bergen auf Rügen, East Germany. He is an actor, known for The Counterfeiters (2007), Before the Fall (2004) and Downfall (2004). He has been married to Francine since 2008. They have two children.

6. Joachim Król

Actor | Der bewegte Mann

Studied theatre, film and TV in Cologne, Germany. Studied play at the 'Otto-Falckenberg-Schule' in Munich, Germany. Played at several theatres in Germany, besides other at the 'Schauspielhaus', Bochum and the 'Schlosstheater', Moers.

7. Moritz Bleibtreu

Actor | Das Experiment

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 (1977) at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). He also became ...

8. Axel Milberg

Actor | Doktor Martin

Axel Milberg was born on August 1, 1956 in Kiel, Germany. He is an actor, known for Doktor Martin (2007), The International (2009) and Tatort (1970). He has been married to Judith Betzler since January 2004. They have one child.

9. August Zirner

Actor | A Sound of Thunder

Born in the USA. His father, a Jewish immigrant, was head of the Opera Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Illinois. The Zirners lived on Burlison Drive in Urbana, Illinois. Back in Europe Zirner studied at the "Max-Reinhardt-Seminar". Lives with his spouse, actress ...

10. August Diehl

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

August Diehl was born on January 4, 1976 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Salt (2010) and Love in Thoughts (2004). He has been married to Julia Malik since 1999. They have two children.

11. Diane Kruger

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top ...

12. Alexandra Maria Lara

Actress | Der Untergang

Born on 12 November 1978 in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra Maria Lara fled to Germany with her parents when she was four and half years old. After graduating at the French High School, she studied acting at the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg from 1997 and 2000, but had already played leading ...

13. Edgar Selge

Actor | Polizeiruf 110

Edgar Selge was born on March 27, 1948 in Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an actor, known for Polizeiruf 110 (1971), The Experiment (2001) and Three Chinamen with a Double Bass (2000). He has been married to Franziska Walser since 1985. They have two children.

14. 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 (2004), The Pianist (2002), U-571 (2000), In Enemy Hands (2004), etc. He has three children, Nicolas, Stella and Sascha with ...

15. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004).

Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a ...

16. 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 (1981), which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood ...

17. Sebastian Koch

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

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 ...

18. Jochen Horst

Actor | Balko

Jochen Horst finished at the state College in Graz/Austria, the Music Academy of Perfoming Arts with "summa cum laud" in 1986. Because of his bilingual upbringing (his grandfather is from Chicago) he went to London for further training at the Lee Strasberg Institute to deepen his studies in ...

19. Martina Gedeck

Actress | Das Leben der Anderen

Martina Gedeck was born in Munich. After spending a year in the US, she studied drama at the prestigious Max-Reinhardt-Seminar at the Berlin University of the Arts. Martinas film career began while she was still at drama school. Her filmography covers practically all genres of film.

Gedeck has won a...

20. Christian Berkel

Actor | Valkyrie

Christian Berkel was born on October 28, 1957 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Valkyrie (2008), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and Downfall (2004).

21. Ulrich Tukur

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Tukur was born on July 29, 1957 in Viernheim, Hesse, Germany as Ulrich Scheurlen. He is an actor, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Solaris (2002) and City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009). He has been married to Katharina John since October 2003. He was previously married to Amber ...

22. Jürgen Vogel

Actor | Die Welle

Jürgen Vogel was born on April 29, 1968 in Hamburg, West Germany as Jürgen Peter Vogel. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wave (2008), The Free Will (2006) and Little Sharks (1992).

23. Juliane Köhler

Actress | Der Untergang

Juliane Köhler was born on August 6, 1965 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is known for her work on Downfall (2004), Aimee & Jaguar (1999) and Nowhere in Africa (2001).

24. Julia Jentsch

Actress | Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

Julia Jentsch was born on February 20, 1978 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress and editor, known for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), The Edukators (2004) and 24 Weeks (2016). She has been married to Christian Hablützel since 2012. They have one child.

25. Nadja Uhl

Actress | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Nadja Uhl was born on May 23, 1972 in Stralsund, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Operation Sugar (2012) and The Legend of Rita (2000).

26. Robert Stadlober

Actor | Sommersturm

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

27. Elmar Wepper

Actor | Kirschblüten - Hanami

Elmar Wepper was born on April 16, 1944 in Augsburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Cherry Blossoms (2008), Zwei Münchner in Hamburg (1989) and Unsere schönsten Jahre (1983). He has been married to Anita Schlierf since 2004.

28. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

29. Sibel Kekilli

Actress | Gegen die Wand

Sibel Kekilli is a German actress of Turkish origin. With her debut in Fatih Akin's movie "Head On" she gained major public attention. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2004 and her acting performance received several national and international prizes, among them the highly ...

30. Karoline Herfurth

Actress | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Karoline Herfurth was born on May 22, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), SMS für Dich (2016) and The Reader (2008).

31. Ken Duken

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

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...

32. Corinna Harfouch

Actress | Der Untergang

Corinna Harfouch was born on October 16, 1954 in Suhl, German Democratic Republic as Corinna Meffert. She is an actress, known for Downfall (2004), Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and Vera Brühne (2001).

33. Hannelore Elsner

Actress | Die Kommissarin

One of the pre-eminent divas of post-war German cinema, Hannelore Elsner (born 'Elstner') was the consummate actress: a gifted and versatile performer with a penchant for intense roles, often as emancipated, strong-willed women. A Bavarian engineer's daughter (her father died of tuberculosis when ...

34. Katja Riemann

Actress | Rosenstrasse

Katja Riemann was born on November 1, 1963 in Kirchweyhe, Weyhe, Lower Saxony, Germany as Katja Hannchen Leni Riemann. She is an actress, known for Rosenstrasse (2003), Bandits (1997) and Talk of the Town (1995).

35. Alexander Fehling

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Alexander Fehling was born on March 29, 1981 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Labyrinth of Lies (2014) and Young Goethe in Love (2010).

36. Florian Lukas

Actor | Good Bye Lenin!

Florian Lukas was born on March 16, 1973 in East Berlin, East Germany. He is an actor, known for Good Bye Lenin! (2003), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Weissensee (2010).

37. Veronica Ferres

Actress | Salt and Fire

Veronica Ferres is one of the most famous actresses in Germany. She starred in over 100 feature films and in multiple TV shows, winning numerous film and TV prizes including the Adolf Grimme Prize, the German Television Prize, the Bavarian Television Prize, the Golden Camera Award, the Bambi award,...

38. Ulrich Matthes

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Matthes was born on May 9, 1959 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), Feuerreiter (1998) and The Ninth Day (2004).

39. Ulrich Noethen

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Noethen was born on November 18, 1959 in Munich, Germany as Ulrich Schmidt. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), The Slurb (2001) and My Führer (2007). He was previously married to Friederike Wagner.

40. Jan Josef Liefers

Actor | Tatort

Jan Josef Liefers was born on August 8, 1964 in Dresden, East Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Tatort (1970), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and Madagascar (2005). He has been married to Anna Loos since August 5, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

41. Richy Müller

Actor | xXx

Richy Müller was born on September 26, 1955 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany as Hans-Jürgen Müller. He is an actor, known for xXx (2002), The Poll Diaries (2010) and Pogo 1104 (1984).

42. Sophie von Kessel

Actress | Die Konferenz

Sophie von Kessel was born on October 12, 1968 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is an actress, known for Die Konferenz (2004), Frank Riva (2003) and Herr Bello (2007).

43. Horst-Günter Marx

Actor | Die Venusfalle

Born in Potsdam in 1955, Horst-Günter Marx starts acting in his school's mime troupe at 10, where he makes his first efforts in acting and directing. By then he feels the strong wish to become an actor. In 1978 Marx takes acting classes at the Schauspielschule Ernst Busch in East Berlin. After ...

44. Michael Roll

Actor | M.E.T.R.O. - Ein Team auf Leben und Tod

Michael Roll was born on April 29, 1961 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He is an actor, known for M.E.T.R.O. - Ein Team auf Leben und Tod (2006), Der König (1994) and Wilder Kaiser (1999). He has been married to Claudia Heiss since July 23, 2016. He was previously married to Antje Roll.

45. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

46. Günther Maria Halmer

Actor | Sophie's Choice

Günther Maria Halmer was born on January 5, 1943 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany. He is an actor, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), Gandhi (1982) and Münchner Geschichten (1974). He has been married to Claudia Halmer since 1976. They have two children.

47. Barbara Auer

Actress | The Book Thief

Barbara Auer was born on February 1, 1959 in Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Book Thief (2013), Nachtschicht (2003) and Das Ende einer Nacht (2012).

48. Alexander Radszun

Actor | Goldene Zeiten - Bittere Zeiten

Alexander Radszun was born on May 6, 1952 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Goldene Zeiten - Bittere Zeiten (1981), Der Bastard (1989) and Group Portrait with a Lady (1977).

49. Rolf Hoppe

Actor | Sardsch

Rolf Hoppe was born on December 6, 1930 in Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany. He was an actor, known for Sardsch (1997), Orpheus in der Unterwelt (1974) and Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1971). He was married to Friederike. He died on November 14, 2018 in Dresden, Saxony, Germany.

50. Götz George

Actor | Der Totmacher

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 ...



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