Famous Austrian Directors

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Christoph Waltz
(Actor Best Known for His Academy Award Winning Roles in the Films: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and 'Django Unchained')

Christoph Waltz
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Birthdate: October 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Christoph Waltz is best known for his Academy Award-winning performances as Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained, both by Quentin Tarantino. Waltz had begun as a stage and TV actor in Germany. Some of his other notable projects are Spectre and Big Eyes.

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Fritz Lang
(Film director)

Fritz Lang
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Birthdate: December 5, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 2, 1976

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Maximilian Schell
(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")

Maximilian Schell
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Birthdate: December 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

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Otto Preminger
(Director)

Otto Preminger
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Birthdate: December 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vyzhnytsya, Ukraine
Died: April 23, 1986

While he initially wished to follow in his prosecutor father’s footsteps to be a lawyer, Otto Preminger later discovered his love for theater. A master stage director, he later signed with Fox as one of its first independent filmmakers. He soared to fame with the 1944 film Laura.  

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Francis Lawrence
(Filmmaker)

Francis Lawrence
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Birthdate: March 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Austrian-American filmmaker Francis Lawrence is best known for films such as the Hunger Games franchise and I Am Legend. He is also a skilled music video director, who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears and Aerosmith and has even won a Grammy for directing Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

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Michael Haneke
(Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher)

Michael Haneke
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Birthdate: March 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich

Award-winning Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, who teaches film direction at the Film Academy Vienna, is best-known for films like The Piano Teacher, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. Haneke has made films in English, French and German, and mostly deals with subjects that examine social issues and portrays feelings of individuals facing social alienation in modern society.

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Paul Henreid
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Birthdate: January 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trieste, Austria-Hungary (now Italy)
Died: March 29, 1992

Born to an affluent banker, Paul Henreid had an elite education. He also initially worked as a translator and book designer, training as an actor at nights. He gained fame with his role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Casablanca. He later also directed a few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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Klaus Maria Brandauer
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Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bad Aussee, Austria

Klaus Maria Brandauer is an Austrian actor and director with an extensive career spanning six decades. He is known internationally for his roles in the films The Russia House and Out of Africa. He is multilingual and has a working knowledge of German, English, Hungarian, and French. He also works as a professor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar.  

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Fred Zinnemann
(Film Director)

Fred Zinnemann
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Birthdate: April 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rzeszów, Austria-Hungary
Died: March 14, 1997

Four-time Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann had started off as an extra. He later directed/produced masterpieces such as A Man for All Seasons and was one of the first to use non-professional actors along with stars. He was shattered when his ambitious project Man's Fate was shelved.

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Max Reinhardt
(Theatre Director)

Max Reinhardt
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Birthdate: September 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baden bei Wien, Austria
Died: October 31, 1943

Max Reinhardt was an Austrian-born director and producer. The son of a Jewish merchant, he took acting lessons and embarked on a brilliant theatrical career. Before long, he came to be regarded as one of the most prominent directors of German-language theater. However, he had to flee Austria during the Nazi invasion and eventually settled in USA. 

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Veronika Franz
(Director)

Veronika Franz
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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G.W. Pabst
(One of the Most Influential German-Language Filmmakers During the Weimar Republic)

G.W. Pabst
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Birthdate: August 25, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roudnice nad Labem, Czechia
Died: May 29, 1967

G.W. Pabst was an Austrian actor, director, and screenwriter. He studied drama at the Academy of Decorative Arts and became a stage actor. He soon started directing plays as well. He later became a film director with the movie The Treasure. He eventually came to be counted amongst the most influential German-language filmmakers during the Weimar Republic. 

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Karl Markovics
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Birthdate: August 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Austrian actor Karl Markovics was the son of working-class parents but shunned a regular job to become an actor instead. Best known for his portrayal of Ernst Stockinger in Inspector Rex and its spin-off, he also starred in the Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters and appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Ulrich Seidl
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer)

Ulrich Seidl
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Birthdate: November 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna

Austrian director-producer Ulrich Seidl is best known for his iconic films Dog Days and Paradise: Love. He uses a distinctive documentary style to make his movies more authentic. Born into a Catholic family, he had initially aspired to be a priest and had also studied journalism, before stepping into films.

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Edgar G. Ulmer
(Hollywood Director, Known for His Low-Budget or B-Movies of Horror and Noir Genres)

Edgar G. Ulmer
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Birthdate: September 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Olomouc, Czechia, ‎Czech Republic
Died: September 30, 1972

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Bernhard Wicki
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Birthdate: October 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Pölten, Austria
Died: January 5, 2000

Bernhard Wicki was an Austrian actor and film director who gained international fame with his 1959 anti-war film Die Brücke. He studied at the drama school of the Staatliches Schauspielhaus in Berlin and began his career as an actor. Eventually, he began directing movies as well. He is a recipient of the Silver Bear for Best Director. 

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Rudi Dolezal
(Film producer and film director best known for his music videos)

Rudi Dolezal
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Birthdate: February 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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Fritz Kortner
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Birthdate: May 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 22, 1970

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Hermann Bahr
(Writer)

Hermann Bahr
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Birthdate: July 19, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: January 15, 1934

Austrian author and dramatist Hermann Bahr attempted to combine naturalism and romanticism and also mastered mysticism and Symbolism. He is best remembered for his works such as the novel Himmelfahrt and the essay Wien, though the latter was banned. He had also been the director of the Deutsches Theater.

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Michael Glawogger
(Film Director)

Michael Glawogger
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Birthdate: December 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: April 22, 2014

Johannes Grenzfurthner
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Birthdate: June 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Johannes Grenzfurthner is best known as the man behind monochrome, an alternative art magazine. The Austria artist and filmmaker often deals with topics such as subversion and nerd culture in his documentary-style films. A pioneer of techno-hedonism, he also heads festivals such as Arse Elektronika, which mingles sex and technology.

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John Gottowt
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Birthdate: June 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lemberg, Austria
Died: August 29, 1942

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Peter Weibel
(Post-conceptual artist, curator and new media theoretician)

Peter Weibel
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Birthdate: March 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

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Kurt Meisel
(Film actor)

Kurt Meisel
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Birthdate: August 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 4, 1994

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Leo Birinski
(Playwright who gained his biggest popularity from 1910 – 1917)

Leo Birinski
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Birthdate: June 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lysyanka, Ukraine
Died: October 23, 1951

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Gustav Ucicky
(Film Director)

Gustav Ucicky
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Birthdate: July 6, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 27, 1961

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Robert Dornhelm
(Film director)

Robert Dornhelm
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Birthdate: December 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Romania

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Siegfried Breuer
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Birthdate: June 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 1954

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Willi Forst
(Film actor)

Willi Forst
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Birthdate: April 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 11, 1980

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Adrian Hoven
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Birthdate: May 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wöllersdorf, Austria
Died: April 8, 1981

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Peter Kern
(Actor)

Peter Kern
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Birthdate: February 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 26, 2015

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Peter Weck
(Film director)

Peter Weck
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Birthdate: August 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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O. W. Fischer
(Film Actor)

O. W. Fischer
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Birthdate: April 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austria-Hungary
Died: January 29, 2004

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Kurt Herbert Adler
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Birthdate: April 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 9, 1988

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Rolf Olsen
(Actor)

Rolf Olsen
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Birthdate: December 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 3, 1998

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Valerie von Martens
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Birthdate: November 4, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lienz, Austria
Died: April 7, 1986

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Fritz Eckhardt
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Birthdate: November 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: December 31, 1995

Austrian actor-director Fritz Eckhardt is best remembered for his portrayal of Marek in the series Tatort. The winner of the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, Eckhardt is also known for his roles in Almost Angels and Oberinspektor Marek. Actor Irmgard Riessen is her stepdaughter.

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Jacques Breuer
(Voice Actor)

Jacques Breuer
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Birthdate: October 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

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Felix Basch
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Birthdate: September 16, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 17, 1944

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Emmerich Hanus
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Birthdate: August 24, 1884
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 20, 1956

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Carl-Heinz Schroth
(Film actor)

Carl-Heinz Schroth
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Birthdate: June 29, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria
Died: July 19, 1989

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Heinz Hanus
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Birthdate: May 24, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 16, 1972