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