Famous Austrian Directors

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 1 Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 2 Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sucha Beskidzka, Poland
Died: March 27, 2002

Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American film producer, screenwriter, and director. Widely considered one of the most versatile and brilliant filmmakers of Classical Hollywood cinema, Wilder became the first person to win Oscars as a screenwriter, director, and producer for his 1960 film The Apartment.

 3 Mick Blue

Mick Blue
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Famous As: Adult Film Star
Birthdate: September 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Graz, Austria

An award-winning adult film star, Austrian actor Mick Blue hails from Graz, the same region of Austria that produced stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Married to porn star Anikka Albrite, he is now focusing on his racing career and wishes to compete in the IndyCar Series.

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 4 Otto Preminger

Otto Preminger
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Famous As: Director
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.  

 5 Francis Lawrence

Francis Lawrence
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Famous As: Filmmaker
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.

 6 Maximilian Schell

Maximilian Schell
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 7 Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher
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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 8 Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 9 Klaus Maria Brandauer

Klaus Maria Brandauer
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Famous As: Actor
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.  

 10 Erich von Stroheim

Erich von Stroheim
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 22, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 12, 1957

Erich von Stroheim was an Austrian-American actor, director, and producer. He was known for being a visionary who gained fame for his avant-garde film projects in the silent era. His film Greed is counted amongst the finest and most important films ever made. He was also a well-respected character actor and a recipient of the French Legion of Honour. 

 11 Fred Zinnemann

Fred Zinnemann
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Famous As: Film Director
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.

 12 Max Reinhardt

Max Reinhardt
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Famous As: Theatre Director
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. 

 13 Veronika Franz

Veronika Franz
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 14 G.W. Pabst

G.W. Pabst
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Famous As: Film Director
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. 

 15 Karl Markovics

Karl Markovics
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 16 Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer
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.

 17 Edgar G. Ulmer

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

 18 Bernhard Wicki

Bernhard Wicki
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 19 Fritz Kortner

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

 20 Hermann Bahr

Hermann Bahr
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 21 Michael Glawogger

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

 22 Johannes Grenzfurthner

Johannes Grenzfurthner
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Famous As: Artist
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.

 23 Peter Weck

Peter Weck
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: August 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 24 O. W. Fischer

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

 25 Siegfried Breuer

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

 26 Gustav Ucicky

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

 27 John Gottowt

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

 28 Willi Forst

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

 29 Kurt Meisel

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

 30 Adrian Hoven

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

 31 Peter Kern

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

 32 Kurt Herbert Adler

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

 33 Fritz Eckhardt

Fritz Eckhardt
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 34 Rolf Olsen

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

 35 Jacques Breuer

Jacques Breuer
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Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 36 Valerie von Martens

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

 37 Felix Basch

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

 38 Emmerich Hanus

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

 39 Carl-Heinz Schroth

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

 40 Heinz Hanus

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