German Actorsby jochen-schwiede | created - 02 Mar 2014 | updated - 29 Nov 2018 | Public
German, Austrian and Switzerland Actors and Actresses
1. Daniel Brühl
Actor | Rush
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 ...
Actor | Django Unchained
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his work 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 won...
3. 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
8. 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
11. Moritz Bleibtreu
Actor | Knockin' on Heaven's Door
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 ...
13. 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 ...
14. 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 Berlin University of the Arts. Martina's film career began while she was still at drama school. Her filmography covers practically all genres of film.
Gedeck has won a total of 23 major cinema and TV awards....
16. Ulrich Mühe
Actor | Das Leben der Anderen
Ulrich Mühe was born on June 20, 1953 in Grimma, East Germany as Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe. He was an actor and director, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Funny Games (1997) and Der letzte Zeuge (1998). He was married to Susanne Lothar, Jenny Gröllmann and Annegret Hahn. He died on July 22, ...
18. Sylvester Groth
Actor | Inglourious Basterds
Sylvester Groth was born in Jerichow, German Democratic Republic on March 31st, 1958. He is an actor with an extensive television and theater career, well known for portraying Goebbels in Inglourious Basterds (2009), Clausen in Dark (2019) and starring in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Stalingrad ...
19. 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 John Rabe (2009). He has been married to Katharina John since October 2003. He was previously married to Amber Wood.
22. Julia Jentsch
Actress | Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage
Julia Jentsch was born on February 20, 1978 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, 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.
27. Christiane Paul
Actress | Im Juli
Christiane Paul known for "In July", "Counterpart", "Life is all you get" and "Under the radar" was born behind the Berlin wall in East Berlin. At the age of 28, she already was a medical doctor, had a little daughter and had starred in more than 20 movies including the national top-sellers "In ...
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 ...
29. Peter Lorre
Actor | Casablanca
Peter Lorre was born László Lowenstein on Rózsahegy, 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 ...
30. 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! (2002). He also receives his first leading role in the movie Tough Enough...
31. Klaus Kinski
Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...
32. Heike Makatsch
Actress | Love Actually
Born on 13 August 1971 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the daughter of former German national ice hockey keeper Rainer Makatsch. After studying politics and sociology at the University of Düsseldorf for two years and an apprenticeship as dressmaker, she was hired by newborn TV music channel VIVA in 1993...
Actress | Freier Fall
Katharina Schüttler started acting for film and television when she was 11 years old. Her breakthrough in Germany was the International Emmy Award winning Mini-Series "Generation War" ("Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter") in which she portrayed singer Greta del Torres. She appeared in many films for ...
38. Gert Fröbe
Actor | Goldfinger
Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the ...
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 ...
40. Sibel Kekili
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 ...
42. Max Schreck
Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly ...
43. 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 ...
Actor | Das Boot
Herbert Grönemeyer was born on April 12, 1956 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany as Herbert Arthur Wiglev Clamor Grönemeyer. He is an actor and composer, known for Das Boot (1981), The American (2010) and A Most Wanted Man (2014). He was previously married to Anna Henkel-Grönemeyer.
45. Gustav Fröhlich
Actor | Metropolis
Gustav Fröhlich was born on March 21, 1902 in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Metropolis (1927), His Daughter Is Peter (1955) and Leb' wohl, Christina (1945). He was married to Maria Hajek and Gitta Alpar. He died on December 22, 1987 in Lugano, Ticino, ...
49. 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...
51. Anna Maria Mühe
Actress | Mitten in Deutschland: NSU
Anna Maria Mühe (born 1985) is a German actress.
Born in Berlin to actor Ulrich Mühe (1953-2007) and actress Jenny Gröllmann (1947-2006), she was invited by director Maria von Heland to a casting for Big Girls Don't Cry. She also played in a video of Schiller's song "Sehnsucht". After making her ...
54. Romy Schneider
Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer
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 (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...
55. Corinna Harfouch
Actress | Der Untergang
Corinna Harfouch was born in Suhl, German Democratic Republic on October 16th, 1954. She is an award-winning theater and television actor, well known for starring in Der Untergang (2004), Lara (2019), Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and Deutschland89 (2020). She played Martha in the German theater ...
59. 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 ...
60. Senta Berger
Actress | Unter Verdacht
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...
61. Alexandra Neldel
Actress | Unschuldig
Alexandra Neldel was born in 1976 in West Berlin, Germany. Her parents divorced when she was a child. His father is a hunter.
It was always very hard for her to decide if she would be with her father or her mother. Maybe that is the reason why she decided to leave her parents and to live her own ...
69. Veronica Ferres
Actress | Salt and Fire
After playing a lead role in Oscar and Golden Globe nominated movie "SCHTONK!", Veronica has worked in over one hundred feature films; more than thirty of which were American / English productions. Two Emmy-Award-winning productions stand out among the numerous films, TV and made-for-TV movies that...
75. Sophie Rois
Actress | 3
Sophie Rois was born on 1 June 1961 in Ottensheim, Austria and studied acting at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna from 1982 to 1985. In the following years, she played at several theaters in Berlin, since 1992 she has been ensemble member at the city's Freie Volksbühne. Appearing also on ...
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 Baron on the Cannonball (2012). He has been married to Anna Loos since August 5, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married...
Actress | Die kommenden Tage
Bernadette Heerwagen was born on June 22, 1977 in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. She is an actress, known for The Coming Days (2010), Grüße aus Kaschmir (2004) and An die Grenze (2007). She is married to Ole Puppe. They have one child.
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 ...
86. Louise Martini
Actress | Der Fall Mata Hari
Louise Martini was born on November 10, 1931 in Vienna, Austria as Marie-Louise Chiba. She was an actress, known for Der Fall Mata Hari (1966), Blick von der Brücke (1967) and Calafati Joe (1989). She was married to Heinz Wilhelm Schwarz and Bill Grah. She died on January 17, 2013 in Vienna.
87. Horst Janson
Actor | Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Horst Janson was born on October 4, 1935 in Mainz-Kastel, Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. He is an actor, known for Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974), Der Bastian (1973) and Härte 10 (1974). He has been married to Helgardt 'Hella' Ruthardt since July 10, 1982. They have two children. He was ...
Actress | Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Muriel Baumeister was born on January 24, 1972 in Salzburg, Austria. She is an actress, known for Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997), Ein Haus in der Toscana (1991) and Schuld war nur der Bossa Nova (1993). She was previously married to Rainer Strecker.
91. Michael Roll
Michael Roll was born on April 29, 1961 in Munich, Bavaria, West 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.
92. Helmut Zierl
Actor | Wie gut, daß es Maria gibt
Helmut Zierl was born on October 6, 1954 in Meldorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He is an actor, known for Wie gut, daß es Maria gibt (1990), Nesthocker - Familie zu verschenken (1999) and Ein Mann steht seine Frau (1997). He was previously married to Christine Zierl.
94. Jacques Breuer
Actor | Mathias Sandorf
Jacques Breuer was born on October 20, 1956 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Mathias Sandorf (1979), Stahlkammer Zürich (1985) and Affären (1994). He has been married to Viola Wedekind since 2008. He was previously married to Sissy Höfferer.
96. Heinz Rühmann
Actor | Ein Mann geht durch die Wand
Heinz Rühmann was born on March 7, 1902 in Essen, Germany as Heinrich Wilhelm Rühmann. He was an actor and producer, known for Ein Mann geht durch die Wand (1959), The Captain from Köpenick (1956) and The Good Soldier Schweik (1960). He was married to Hertha Droemer, Hertha Feiler and Maria ...
97. 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 Seven Years Hard Luck (1940), Black on White (1943) and Symphonie in Gold (1956). He was married to Blanca Moser. He died on June 19, 1964 in Vienna, Austria.