Great German Stars

by nigel49 | created - 20 Dec 2017 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

These have made a great impression

1. 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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2. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

3. Hardy Krüger

Actor | Hatari!

At thirteen years, German-born and raised Hardy Kruger became a member of the "Hitler Jugend" (Hitler Youth), as did all 13-year-old boys in Germany then. The purpose of the organization was to prepare the boys for military service. At age 15, Hardy made his film debut in a German picture (Young ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. Elke Sommer

Actress | The Prize

This gorgeous Teutonic temptress was one of Hollywood's most captivating imports of the 1960s. Blonde and beautiful, Berlin-born Elke Sommer, with her trademark pouty lips, high cheekbones and sky-high bouffant hairdos, proved irresistible to American audiences, whether adorned in lace or leather, ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

10. 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 ...

11. 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. ...

12. Karin Dor

Actress | You Only Live Twice

Born Kätherose Derr in Wiesbaden, Karin Dor studied acting and ballet at school and began in films as an extra. The attractive redhead made an indelible impression on Austrian director Harald Reinl (who became her first husband in 1954) and this paved the way to higher profile roles. Her first ...

13. Lilli Palmer

Actress | The Four Poster

A charming, elegant, and exceedingly popular international film star with a gentle, understated beauty, actress Lilli Palmer was born as Lilli Marie Peiser on May 24, 1914, in Posen, Prussia. She was the daughter of Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress, and Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish ...

14. 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 ...

15. Anton Diffring

Actor | Where Eagles Dare

Anton Diffring was a character actor who worked continuously in motion pictures due to his aristocratic face and cool, clipped diction, making him ideal for typecasting in British and later American motion pictures as Nazis and other vile, despicable characters. What was ironic about his ...

16. Hildegard Knef

Actress | Jeder stirbt für sich allein

Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was born on December 28, 1925 in Ulm, Germany. In 1940, she began studying acting. Even before the fall of the Third Reich, she appeared in several films, but most of them were only released after the war. To avoid being raped by Soviet soldiers, she dressed like a ...

17. 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), 23 (1998) and Salt (2010). He has been married to Julia Malik since 1999. They have two children.

18. Max Riemelt

Actor | Napola - Elite für den Führer

Max Riemelt was born on January 7, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Before the Fall (2004), Freier Fall (2013) and The Wave (2008).

19. Marianne Stewart

Actress | Ben Casey

Marianne Stewart was born on January 16, 1922 in Berlin, Germany as Annemarie Schuenzel. She was an actress, known for Ben Casey (1961), Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) and Right Cross (1950). She was married to Louis Calhern. She died on November 1, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

20. Lars Eidinger

Actor | Clouds of Sils Maria

Lars Eidinger, born in Berlin, studied at the prestigious Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin.

Since 1999 he has been an ensemble member at the Berliner Schaubühne. His portrayals of Hamlet and Richard III. in the productions of Thomas Ostermeier were internationally acclaimed and made him...

21. Conrad Veidt

Actor | Casablanca

Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium (secondary school) in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in 1912, last in his class of 13. Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, ...

22. August Wittgenstein

Actor | The Crown

August Wittgenstein was born on January 22, 1981 in Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as August Fredrik zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg. He is an actor, known for The Crown (2016), Das Boot (2018) and Ku'damm 56 (2016).

23. Louis Hofmann

Actor | Dark

Louis Hofmann was born on June 3, 1997. He is an actor, known for Dark (2017), Land of Mine (2015) and Red Sparrow (2018).

24. Alexander Dreymon

Actor | Christopher and His Kind

Alexander Dreymon was born February 7, 1983 in Germany and grew up in France, Switzerland and the United States. He studied in Paris and trained three years at Drama Centre London. Dreymon worked on stage in London and Paris and made his screen debut alongside Doctor Who star Matt Smith in the ...

25. Tom Schilling

Actor | Oh Boy

Tom Schilling was born on February 10, 1982 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for A Coffee in Berlin (2012), Before the Fall (2004) and Who Am I (2014).

26. Matthias Hues

Actor | Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

Matthias Hues was born on Valentine's Day in Waltrop, Germany, to the late Dr. Josef Hues and Maria Humperdinck Hues who still resides in Germany. Maria is the niece of Engelbert Humperdinck, composer of the opera Hansel and Gretel.

Matthias was very involved in sports from an early age on. By the ...

27. Clemens Schick

Actor | Casino Royale

Clemens Schick was born on February 15, 1972 in Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is an actor, known for Casino Royale (2006), Point Break (2015) and Enemy at the Gates (2001).

28. 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 ...

29. Christian Oliver

Actor | Speed Racer

German born actor Christian Oliver has successfully worked in the entertainment industry for the last 15 years. He has worked with the likes of Steven Soderbergh in The Good German opposite Cate Blanchett and George Clooney, Brian Singer and Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and the Wachowski Brothers in ...

30. Volker Bruch

Actor | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Volker Bruch was born on March 9, 1980 in Munich, Germany. He is an actor, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Babylon Berlin (2017) and The Reader (2008).

31. 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).

32. Andreas Pietschmann

Actor | Dark

Andreas Pietschmann was born on March 22, 1969 in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany. He is an actor, known for Dark (2017), Die Patin - Kein Weg zurück (2008) and Special Unit (2007).

33. Florian David Fitz

Actor | Jesus liebt mich

Florian David Fitz was born on November 20, 1974 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Jesus Loves Me (2012), The Most Beautiful Day (2016) and 100 Things (2018).

34. 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).

35. Jannis Niewöhner

Actor | Rubinrot

Jannis Niewöhner was born on March 30, 1992 in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an actor, known for Ruby Red (2013), Godless Youth (2017) and Mute (2018).

36. Wolf Kahler

Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark

Wolf Kahler is a German born character actor who, thanks to his height (6'2") and blue eyes was often cast as a Nazi or unsympathetic German characters in his career. He has appeared in several successful franchises (Indiana Jones, The Dirty Dozen), both playing a Nazi officer named Dietrich, and ...

37. 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...

38. Max Befort

Actor | Denial

Max Befort was born on May 15, 1989 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Denial (2016), The Keeper (2018) and Romeos (2011).

39. Ursula Thiess

Actress | Bengal Brigade

Gorgeous was too tame a word for this foreigner stunner. Glamorous brunette beauty Ursula Thiess was born Ursula Schmidt in Hamburg, Germany on May 15, 1924, the daughter of Hans Schmidt, who managed a printing company, and Wilhelmine Lange, her turbulent childhood including working as compulsory ...

40. Dana Wynter

Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

The daughter of a noted surgeon, Dana Wynter was born Dagmar Winter in Berlin, Germany, and grew up in England. When she was 16 her father went to Morocco, reportedly to operate on a woman who wouldn't allow anyone else to attend her; he visited friends in Southern Rhodesia, fell in love with it ...

41. Max Mauff

Actor | Die Unsichtbaren

Max Mauff was born on July 3, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for The Invisibles (2017), Victoria (2015) and Sense8 (2015).

42. 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...

43. Sönke Möhring

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Sönke Möhring was born on October 12, 1972 in Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an actor, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Impossible (2012) and The Blue Mauritius.

44. Torben Liebrecht

Actor | Operation Finale

Torben Liebrecht stars alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Oscar Isaac and Mélanie Laurent in the MGM thriller "Operation Finale".

Liebrecht first entered the big screen in 2002 in the international co-production "Deathwatch"; only a year later he played Emperor Charles V in "Luther" by the side of Sir ...

45. 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 ...

46. 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 ...



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