Birth Place Matching "Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Hedy Lamarr

Actress | Samson and Delilah

Hedy Lamarr, 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), from Budapest, and Emil Kiesler, a banker from Lember (now known as Lviv). Her parents were both from...

2. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

3. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 (1963).

She was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer on October 18, 1898, in Vienna, Austria (at ...

6. 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.

Nalder was born Alfred Reginald Natzler in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ida (Herzog), from Safov, and Sigmund Natzler. His parents were from Jewish families The year ...

7. Walter Slezak

Actor | Born to Kill

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.

Walter was born in May 1902 in ...

8. 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 ...

9. Helmut Dantine

Actor | Northern Pursuit

Actor/director/producer Helmut Dantine was born in Vienna, Austria on October 7, 1917. He made a name for himself as an actor during World War Two playing German soldiers and Nazi villains in Hollywood films, most notably in Mrs. Miniver (1942). The young Dantine was a fervent anti-fascist/...

10. 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 ...

11. Kurt Kasznar

Actor | Lili

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 ...

12. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Devil Is a Woman

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 ...

13. Oskar Homolka

Actor | The Seven Year Itch

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 ...

14. Lilia Skala

Actress | Lilies of the Field

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...

15. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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...

16. Anton Walbrook

Actor | The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

This dark, debonair, dashing and extremely distinguished Austrian actor was christened Adolf Wohlbrück in Vienna, the scion of a family of circus clowns. He broke away easily from generations of tradition as the circus life had no appeal whatsoever to Walbrook.

Trained by the legendary director Max ...

17. Stefan Zweig

Writer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Stefan Zweig was born on November 28, 1881 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Marie Antoinette (1938). He was married to Charlotte E. Altmann and Friderike Maria Burger von Winternitz. He died on February ...

18. Maria Palmer

Actress | Lady on a Train

This lovely Austrian-born actress was born (in 1917) and raised in Vienna, performing as a child on stage and appearing in various productions for the renown Max Reinhardt. Trained in dance, she was a member of the Bodenwieser Ensemble, a European troupe. Following a few high school plays and dance...

19. Carl Esmond

Actor | Agent for H.A.R.M.

Born Willy Eichberger in Vienna, Austria, he changed his name to the ethnically nondescript Carl Esmond and went on to become a well-regarded actor both here and in Europe, a career that sustained itself for nearly 50 years. He initially studied drama in Vienna at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts...

20. Gustav Diessl

Actor | Abwege

Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After ...

21. Fritz Kortner

Actor | Die Büchse der Pandora

Fritz Kortner was born on May 12, 1892 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Fritz Nathan Kohn. He was an actor and director, known for Pandora's Box (1929), The Hands of Orlac (1924) and Somewhere in the Night (1946). He was married to Johanna Hofer. He died on July 22, 1970 in Munich, Bavaria, West ...

22. Josef Meinrad

Actor | Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin

Josef Meinrad was born on April 21, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Josef Moucka. He was an actor and director, known for Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956), Sissi (1955) and Dulcinea del Toboso (1964). He was married to Germaine Renée. He died on February 18, 1996 in Großgmain bei Salzburg, ...

23. Ludwig Donath

Actor | Torn Curtain

Ludwig Donath was born on March 6, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Torn Curtain (1966), The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943) and Cigarette Girl (1947). He was married to Jean Montrose and Maria Josefa Camsky. He died on September 29, 1967 in New York City, New York, ...

24. Otto Waldis

Actor | The Whip Hand

Born in Vienna, Austria, May 20th, 1901 as Otto Glucksmann-Blum and began his acting career there while in his twenties, making is screen debut playing Franz in Fritz Lang's "M" in 1931 (billed as Otto Wernicke) . Came to the United states in 1940. He worked frequently as a character actor in film ...

25. Maria von Trapp

Writer | Die Trapp-Familie

Singer Maria Trapp was born on January 26, 1905, aboard a train, as her mother hurried from their village in the Tyrol to the hospital in Vienna, Austria. Her mother, Augusta (nee Rainer), died shortly after Maria was born, and her father, Karl Kutschera, died when she was 6 years old. As a ...

26. Jed Harris

His Girl Friday

Jed Harris was born on February 25, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Jakob Hirsch Horowitz. He is known for his work on His Girl Friday (1940), Night People (1954) and Operation Mad Ball (1957). He was married to Beatrice Allen, Louise Platt and Anita Green. He died on November 15, 1979 in New ...

27. Mady Christians

Actress | Heidi

Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the age of 24 when she appeared in Audrey (1916). She remained in German films for the next...

28. John Wengraf

Actor | 5 Fingers

A great number of Austrian and German actors were forced to flee their homeland during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1930s only to find themselves smack dab in Hollywood pictures playing thoroughly nefarious Gestapo commanders. Viennese performer John Wengraf was one such actor...

29. Ady Berber

Actor | Der Mörder mit dem Seidenschal

Ady Berber was born on February 4, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Adolf Berber. He was an actor, known for Der Mörder mit dem Seidenschal (1966), Donauschiffer (1940) and The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961). He was married to Anna. He died on January 3, 1966 in Vienna, Austria.

30. Tilly Losch

Actress | The Garden of Allah

Tilly Losch was born on November 15, 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ottilie Ethel Losch. She is known for her work on The Garden of Allah (1936), Duel in the Sun (1946) and Backstage (1937). She was married to Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon and Edward James. She died on December 24, 1975 ...

31. Frederick Schiller

Actor | The Trollenberg Terror

Frederick Schiller was born on August 23, 1901 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for The Crawling Eye (1958), Barry Lyndon (1975) and Kidnapped (1963). He died on September 29, 1994 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.

32. Paul Richter

Actor | Der Hexer

Paul Richter was born on April 1, 1895 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Paul Martin Edward Richter. He was an actor, known for Der Hexer (1932), Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) and Das Geheimnis um Johann Orth (1932). He was married to Elisabeth Hölzl and Aud Egede-Nissen. He died on December 30, ...

33. Hans Holt

Actor | Unsterblicher Walzer

Hans Holt was born on November 22, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Karl Johann Hödl. He was an actor and writer, known for Immortal Waltz (1939), The Mozart Story (1948) and Die Trapp-Familie (1956). He was married to Renate Bremer. He died on August 3, 2001 in Baden, Lower Austria, Austria.

34. Ferdinand Marian

Actor | Jud Süß

Ferdinand Marian was born on August 14, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ferdinand Heinrich Johann Haschkowitz. He was an actor, known for Jud Süß (1940), Ohm Krüger (1941) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943). He was married to Maria Byk and Irene Saager. He died on ...

35. Herbert Berghof

Actor | Cleopatra

Herbert Berghof was born on September 13, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Cleopatra (1963), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Fräulein (1958). He was married to Uta Hagen and Alice Hermes. He died on November 5, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA.

36. Hertha Feiler

Actress | Frau im Strom

Hertha Feiler was born on August 3, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for Frau im Strom (1939), Rembrandt (1942) and Charleys Tante (1956). She was married to Heinz Rühmann. She died on November 1, 1970 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany.

37. Norbert Schiller

Actor | Young Frankenstein

Norbert Schiller was born on November 24, 1899 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor and writer, known for Young Frankenstein (1974), Morituri (1965) and Hogan's Heroes (1965). He died on January 8, 1988 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

38. Karl Bruck

Actor | Star Trek

Karl Bruck was born on March 16, 1906 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Star Trek (1966), Paint Your Wagon (1969) and The Young and the Restless (1973). He died on August 21, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

39. Helene Thimig

Actress | The Hitler Gang

Helene Thimig was born on June 5, 1889 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Helene Ottilie Thimig. She is known for her work on The Hitler Gang (1944), Der Engel mit der Posaune (1948) and Cloak and Dagger (1946). She was married to Anton Edthofer, Max Reinhardt and Paul Kalbeck. She died on November 7, ...

40. Luise Ullrich

Actress | Annelie

Louise Ullrich was born in Vienna, the daughter of a major in the Austro/Hungarian Army. She studied at the Kunstakademie, and, while still a teenager, was contracted for two years by the Wiener Volkstheater where she enjoyed her first success on the stage. In late 1932, Louise received an ...

41. Richard Oswald

Director | Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray

Director and producer of many German as well as a few American, British and French films, Richard Oswald started making films in 1914 and shortly formed his own production company. After making many successful films and discovering several important performers, he fled his homeland after the Nazi ...

42. Siegfried Breuer

Actor | The Third Man

Viennese character actor, an earlier incarnation of Peter Bowles, who specialized in elegant, charming rogues and, on occasion, sinister types. Breuer, the son of a Wagnerian singer, was trained as an actor in Vienna (from 1924) where he studied alongside Paula Wessely and 'Kathe Gold'. He ...

43. Ernst Marischka

Writer | Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin

Ernst Marischka was born on January 2, 1893 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer and director, known for Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957), Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956) and Sissi (1955). He was married to Lilly Marischka. He died on May 12, 1963 in Chur, Graubünden, ...

44. Joe May

Director | Asphalt

A businessman and operetta director, Joe May, one of the founders of the German cinema, started directing films in 1911 and started his own production company a few years later. He gave famous German director Fritz Lang his start in films, employing him as a screenwriter in his early films. After ...

45. Robert Freitag

Actor | The Great Escape

Robert Freitag was born on April 7, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Robert Peter Freytag. He was an actor and director, known for The Great Escape (1963), Ein Monat auf dem Lande (1960) and Decision Before Dawn (1951). He was married to Maria Sebaldt and Maria Becker. He died on July 8, 2010 in ...

46. Reginald Le Borg

Director | The White Orchid

The oldest of three sons, Reginald LeBorg majored in political economy at the University of Austria and studied musical composition for a year at Arnold Schoenberg's Composition Seminar. His education completed, LeBorg entered his father's banking business and, acting as the senior LeBorg's ...

47. Rose Stradner

Actress | The Last Gangster

Pretty, soulful-eyed Austrian actress Rose Stradner was a rising 30s ingénue on the Viennese stage and in a few German film romances and musicals when MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who was in Europe searching for exotic talent, discovered Rose. Along with Greer Garson, Ilona Massey and Hedy Lamarr, she...

48. Jean Lenauer

Director | Coal at the Crossroads

Jean Lenauer was born on August 9, 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a director and actor, known for Coal at the Crossroads (1955) and My Dinner with Andre (1981). He was married to Lora Hays. He died on October 23, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA.

49. Paula Wessely

Actress | Episode

Paula Wessely was born on January 20, 1907 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Paula Anna Maria Wessely. She was an actress and producer, known for Episode (1935), Maria Theresia (1951) and Maskerade (1934). She was married to Attila Hörbiger. She died on May 11, 2000 in Vienna, Austria.

50. Anton Karas

Soundtrack | Brick

Anton Karas was a mere entertainer in an Heurige (Viennese Wine Bar), but Carol Reed selected him as the musical director of "The Third Man" (1949). He was invited to London and lived with Reed. Reed treated him very well, but Karas was in a slump - then suddenly Reed rushed into Karas' room, and ...


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