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 Patricia Rhomberg

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

 2 Hedy Lamarr

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Famous As: Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread spectrum
Birthdate: November 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress whose early career was defined by her performance in the controversial Czech erotic film Ecstasy. Apart from gaining popularity as a beautiful Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr became known as an inventor after co-inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Her career has inspired several works of art. She was also the inspiration behind the iconic character Catwoman.

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 3 Christoph Waltz

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna
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.

 4 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

 5 Boris Kodjoe

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Famous As: Actor, Former Model
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.

 6 Romy Schneider

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 29, 1982

German-French actor Romy Schneider began her career with the Heimatfilm genre of films as a teenager. She appeared as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy and in Ludwig. She is also remembered for her César Award-winning roles in Une histoire simple and L'important c'est d'aimer.

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 7 Mick Blue

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

 9 Francis Lawrence

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

 10 Emily Cox

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

 11 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

 12 Danny Nucci

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

 13 Barbara Valentin

Barbara Valentin
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 14 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.

 15 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

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 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

 19 Bibi Besch

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna
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.

 20 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

 21 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

 22 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

 23 Klaus Maria Brandauer

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

 24 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

 25 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.

 26 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

 27 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

 28 Sybil Danning

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

 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 Mariana of Austria

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 24, 1634
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt
Died: May 16, 1696

 31 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

 32 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.

 33 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

 34 Helmut Berger

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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 Roland Kickinger

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

 38 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

 39 Miriam Stein

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

 40 Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

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

 41 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

 42 Veronika Franz

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

 43 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

 44 Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein
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Famous As: Visual artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 45 Marisa Mell

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

 46 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

 47 Anton Walbrook

Anton Walbrook
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 9, 1967

 48 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

 49 Jürgen Maurer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Klagenfurt, Austria

 50 Roxane Duran

Roxane Duran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France