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.
The man behind iconic tracks such as Der Kommisar and Rock Me Amadeus, legendary Austrian singer Johann "Hans" Hölzel, better known as Falco, was one of the best-selling singers from his country. Unfortunately, his career was short-lived, as he died in a car accident shortly before his 41st birthday.
Born Thomas Neuwirth, Austrian singer, recording artist, and drag queen faced discrimination as a child because of his sexual orientation. Around the age of nineteen, he embarked on his singing career, shortly developing the drag persona of a bearded woman called Conchita Wurst, gaining international attention when he won Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with his song Rise Like a Phoenix.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was a German-born Austro-British singer. Counted among the most important singers of lieder, Schwarzkopf is best remembered for her performances of the operas of Richard Strauss, Wagner, and Mozart. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest sopranos, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf won many prestigious awards including the Edison Award and the Lilli Lehmann Medal.
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.
16 RAF Camora
20 Udo Jürgens
Udo Jürgens first gained international acclaim after winning the 1966 Eurovision contest. While the Austrian singer began his career playing at clubs and on radio, he later revolutionized the German pop scene with songs such as Mit 66 Jahren. Buenos Días, Argentina remains one of his best-known songs.
22 Lisa Wagner
24 Mona Wagner
25 DJ Otzi
Richard Tauber was an Austrian tenor and film actor. The son of an actress, he often toured with his mother and developed a love for the theater. He also enjoyed singing and studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. He went on to become a tenor and an actor and also conducted at the Theater an der Wien.
29 Freddy Quinn
Austrian singer-actor Freddy Quinn has sung in 12 languages, such as German, French, and English. He soared to fame with his iconic hit Heimweh, which ruled the German charts for 5 months and sold over 8 million copies. His musicals include Freddy, the Guitar and the Sea.
Johannes Heesters was a Dutch actor who was active in theater plays, television, and cinema. He was also a vocalist and a concert performer. Born in Netherlands, he moved to Germany as a young man and established himself as a singer and actor. He enjoyed an incredibly long career that spanned nine decades. He died at the age of 108.
35 Lisa Eckhart
Austrian entertainer Peter Alexander had initially studied medicine but quit as soon as he realized his passion lay in entertainment. Starting his career with plays and cabaret, he eventually graduated to films and live singing. The 10-time Bambi Award winner also hosted the hit Peter Alexander Show on TV.
Hansi Hinterseer is an Austrian former alpine skier turned singer, actor, and entertainer. As a skier, he won six alpine skiing World Cup races and the silver medal at the world championship in 1974. In the 1980s, he became a technical sports commentator and started a career as a singer and actor in the following decade.
39 Penny McLean
Born Gertrude Wirschinger, Austrian singer Penny McLean initially sang in a duo with her husband, Holger Münzer. She later scored disco hits such as Fly, Robin, Fly, with her trio Silver Convention, and also launched hit solo tracks such as Lady Bump. She has also penned books on spiritual and numerology.
Robert Stadlober is an Austrian actor and musician who is a member of the Indie band Escorial Gruen. He worked as a voiceover artist for several films as a child and took up acting roles as well. He gained international prominence after playing a disabled teen in the film Crazy. He launched his independent record label, Siluh records, in 2007.
42 Left Boy
44 Gussy Holl
Austrian singer, actor, and playwright Johann Nestroy was part of the popular Austrian tradition of the Biedermeier era in Central Europe. He took part in the Revolutions of 1848 and the new liberal spirit which was spreading across Europe at that time reflected in his works. He penned around 80 comedies, including Einen Jux will er sich machen.