2 Fritz Lang(Film director)
3 Maximilian Schell(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")
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.
4 Otto Preminger(Director)
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.
5 Francis Lawrence(Filmmaker)
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.
6 Michael Haneke(Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher)
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.
7 Paul Henreid(Actor)
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.
8 Klaus Maria Brandauer(Actor)
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.
9 Fred Zinnemann(Film Director)
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.
10 Max Reinhardt(Theatre Director)
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.
11 Veronika Franz(Director)
12 G.W. Pabst(One of the Most Influential German-Language Filmmakers During the Weimar Republic)
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.
13 Karl Markovics(Actor)
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.
14 Ulrich Seidl(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer)
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.
15 Edgar G. Ulmer(Hollywood Director, Known for His Low-Budget or B-Movies of Horror and Noir Genres)
16 Bernhard Wicki(Actor)
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.
17 Rudi Dolezal(Film producer and film director best known for his music videos)
18 Fritz Kortner(Actor)
19 Hermann Bahr(Writer)
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.
20 Michael Glawogger(Film Director)
21 Johannes Grenzfurthner(Artist)
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.
22 John Gottowt(Actor)
23 Peter Weibel(Post-conceptual artist, curator and new media theoretician)
24 Kurt Meisel(Film actor)
25 Leo Birinski(Playwright who gained his biggest popularity from 1910 – 1917)
26 Gustav Ucicky(Film Director)
27 Robert Dornhelm(Film director)
28 Siegfried Breuer(Actor)
29 Willi Forst(Film actor)
30 Adrian Hoven(Actor)
31 Peter Kern(Actor)
32 Peter Weck(Film director)
33 O. W. Fischer(Film Actor)
34 Kurt Herbert Adler(Conductor)
35 Rolf Olsen(Actor)
36 Valerie von Martens(Actress)
37 Fritz Eckhardt(Actor)
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.