Famous Austrian Film & Theater Personalities

Find out more about the greatest Austrian Film & Theater Personalities, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Blue, Maximilian I of Mexico, Geli Raubal and Michael Haneke.

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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 Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Boris Kodjoe is an Austrian-American former model, actor, and producer. Over the years, he has been part of several popular films and TV series, such as Brown Sugar, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Station 19. Also known for his good looks, Boris Kodjoe was named in People magazine's list of 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 2002.

 3 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.

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 4 Maria von Trapp

Maria von Trapp
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died: March 28, 1987

Maria von Trapp was the matriarch of the Austrian singing family, Trapp Family Singers. As a young woman, she married widowed naval commander Georg von Trapp. He already had seven children from his first wife, and the couple had three more. The family began singing together at events and became a popular touring act called the Trapp Family Singers. 

 5 John Banner

John Banner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Died: January 28, 1973

Austrian-born actor John Banner is best remembered as Sergeant Schultz from the World War II-themed sitcom Hogan's Heroes. He was known for his popular catchphrase “I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!" He has also appeared on Broadway and in films such as Once Upon a Honeymoon

 6 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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 7 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.  

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 8 Archduke Karl of Austria

Archduke Karl of Austria
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Birthdate: January 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Starnberg

The son of Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Karl von Habsburg was initially banished from Austria along with his family. Not only has he served the military but he has also been the president of the Pan-European Union. He has also represented Austria in the European Parliament.  

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 Justin Narayan

Justin Narayan
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Famous As: Winner of MasterChef Australia 2021
Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: Western Australia

 12 Emily Cox

Emily Cox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Viennese actor Emily Cox initially wished to be a dancer but later began her career as a theater actor. She is now best known for her performance as Viking warrior Brida in the hit Netflix series The Last Kingdom. She has also been part of movies such as Fatherless.

 13 Sam Spiegel

Sam Spiegel
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jarosław, Austrian Poland
Died: December 31, 1985

 14 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.

 15 Barbara Valentin

Barbara Valentin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 22, 2002

Austrian actor Barbara Valentin, or the Queen of Nudity, was known for her saucy films and for her friendship with Queen star Freddie Mercury. She appeared in the Queen video It’s A Hard Life. Though Freddie was queer, close friends claimed he had shared a bed with Valentin multiple times.

 16 Danny Nucci

Danny Nucci
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Klagenfurt, Austria

Danny Nucci is an American actor best known for his work in successful films like Crimson Tide, The Rock, Eraser, and Titanic. Over the years, Danny Nucci has also contributed immensely to the TV industry, having played important roles in TV series like Falcon Crest, Snoops, 10-8: Officers on Duty, and The Fosters.

 17 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.

 18 Reina Triendl

Reina Triendl
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Born to an Austrian father and a Japanese mother, Reina Triendl traveled to many places as a child due to her father’s work. She was scouted while in high school and thus began to model. She later gained fame with the reality series Terrace House and the film Tag.

 19 Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 21, 2015

Legendary Austrian-American actor Theodore Bikel is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sheriff Max Muller in the film The Defiant Ones. He had also ruled the stage with plays such as Fiddler on the Roof. As a folk singer, he sang in 21 languages and also played the guitar.

 20 Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mitterberg-Sankt Martin, Austria
Died: March 28, 2017

German-Austrian actress, author, and businesswoman Christine Kaufmann gained attention of post-war German movie audiences with her performances in films like Rosen-Resli, Der schweigende Engel and Ein Herz schlägt für Erika. She became the first German to be honoured with Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her performance in the drama film Town Without Pity.

 21 Curd Jürgens

Curd Jürgens
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solln, Munich, Germany
Died: June 18, 1982

Curd Jürgens was a German-Austrian actor active in both theater and films. Born to parents with no links to the cinema, he never aspired to be an actor and worked as a journalist. He later married an actress who encouraged him to act as well. Naturally skilled at acting, he went on to become a respected character actor.  

 22 Lotte Lenya

Lotte Lenya
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 27, 1981

 23 Bibi Besch

Bibi Besch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 7, 1996

Bibi Besch was an Austrian-American actress best known for her role in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The daughter of an actress, she chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Making her debut in the mid-1950s, she remained active in the entertainment industry until her death. Her daughter is also an actress.

 24 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.  

 25 Patricia Rhomberg

Patricia Rhomberg
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Famous As: Pornographic actress
Birthdate: September 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Patricia Rhomberg is an Austrian former pornographic film actress who was active during the 1970s. She began her career as a medical assistant but her life took an unexpected turn after meeting director Hans Billian, who made sex movies and encouraged her to become a porn star. She played the lead role in many popular porn films before retiring. 

 26 Senta Berger

Senta Berger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

It is believed Austrian actor Senta Berger was suspended by the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, where she studied drama, after she bagged her first movie role. The three-time Bambi Award winner is known for her roles in films such as The Quiller Memorandum. She is also involved with peace and environmental activism.

 27 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. 

 28 Lída Baarová

Lída Baarová
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Died: October 28, 2000

Lída Baarová was a Czech actress whose professional life was overshadowed by her personal counterpart; she is best remembered as the mistress of Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi propaganda minister. Her life and career inspired the 2016 film The Devil's Mistress, a dramatization of Lída Baarová's life, in which Baarová was played by Slovak actress Tatiana Pauhofová.

 29 Oskar Werner

Oskar Werner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 23, 1984
Austrian actor Oskar Werner is best remembered for his Golden Globe-winning role in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. A life-long alcoholic, he deliberately chopped his hair off to disrupt continuity in the final scene of Fahrenheit 451, as he had a feud with the director, François Truffaut.

 30 Jessica Falkholt

Jessica Falkholt
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Famous As: Actress who appeared in 16 episodes of the television series Home and Away as Hope Morrison in 2016
Birthdate: May 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: January 17, 2018

 31 Leon Askin

Leon Askin
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: June 3, 2005

Leon Askin was a prominent actor of Austrian origin. Born in Vienna to a Jewish family, he fled to the United States in 1940 to escape the Nazis. Already trained in acting, he was able to get work in Hollywood. He ventured into television as well and became widely popular with his role in the sitcom Hogan's Heroes.  

 32 Maria Schell

Maria Schell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 26, 2005

 33 Nauheed Cyrusi

Nauheed Cyrusi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nauheed Cyrusi is an Indian model, actress, and VJ. Cyrusi is best known for appearing in TV commercials for well-known brands like Head & Shoulders, Britannia, and Himalaya. Over the years, Cyrusi has become a household name in India, thanks to her acting skills and visibility across the country.

 34 Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rorschach, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1950

Emil Jannings was a German actor who became the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was born in Switzerland but moved to Germany as a young child. He began his career as a theater actor and enjoyed tremendous success. He later ventured into films and became a popular figure in Hollywood in the 1920s.   

 35 Helmut Berger

Helmut Berger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bad Ischl, Austria

Helmut Berger is an Austrian actor who gained fame with his portrayal of narcissistic and sexually-ambiguous characters. He began his acting career in the 1960s and soon came to be regarded as a sex symbol and pop icon. He became a major star in European cinema in the late 1960s and 1970s. He is openly bisexual. 

 36 Sybil Danning

Sybil Danning
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wels, Austria

 37 Walter Slezak

Walter Slezak
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Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: May 3, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: April 22, 1983

Walter Slezak was an Austrian-born actor with an illustrious career spanning over half a century. He often played clever, talkative, and philosophical characters. The son of a famous opera tenor, he was fascinated by the show business and began acting in the 1920s. He was famous as both a stage performer and a film actor. 

 38 Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria

Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laxenburg
Died: March 17, 1963

 39 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.

 40 Lionel Royce

Lionel Royce
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dolyna, Ukraine
Died: April 1, 1946

Lionel Royce was an Austrian-American stage and film actor. Born to a Jewish family in Vienna, he went through numerous struggles to survive and build a career in the 1920s and 1930s. He was finally able to emigrate to USA, where he had a thriving acting career. His last movie was the classic film noir, Gilda.  

 41 Rhiannon Fish

Rhiannon Fish
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 42 Marisa Mell

Marisa Mell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: May 16, 1992

 43 Roland Kickinger

Roland Kickinger
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: March 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Roland Kickinger is an Austrian actor and bodybuilder best known for his appearances in several fitness magazines, bodybuilding competitions, and training videos. Kickinger is also known for his portrayal of Chip Rommel in the American sitcom Son of the Beach. He gained popularity in 2009 when he appeared as a prototype of the titular character in the film Terminator Salvation.

 44 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. 

 45 Joseph Schildkraut

Joseph Schildkraut
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 21, 1964

Joseph Schildkraut was an Austrian-American actor best known for winning an Academy Award for his performance in the film The Life of Emile Zola. The son of an actor, he began stage training with Max Reinhardt. He began his career as a character actor on the stage, eventually transitioning to films. He was also active on television. 

 46 Miriam Stein

Miriam Stein
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 47 Kurt Kasznar

Kurt Kasznar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 6, 1979

Kurt Kasznar was an American actor who contributed immensely to Broadway, TV, and the film industry. He also served in the Second World War as a soldier and was among the first Army photographers from the USA to capture the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on camera.

 48 Georg von Habsburg

Georg von Habsburg
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Starnberg

 49 Karlheinz Böhm

Karlheinz Böhm
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: May 29, 2014

Karlheinz Böhm was an Austrian-German philanthropist and actor. He is best remembered for playing a psychopathic named Mark in the 1960 British psychological horror-thriller film Peeping Tom. In 2003, the Ethiopian government honored Karlheinz Böhm with honorary citizenship for his work as the founder of an organization named Humans for Humans, which aims at helping Ethiopian people in need.

 50 Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
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Famous As: Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villach

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is an Austrian businessman best known for his association with the popular Swiss conglomerate corporation Nestlé Group, where he has served as the chairman, CEO, and chairman emeritus. Brabeck-Letmathe is also known for his work as the chairman of the Formula One Group.