Famous German Actors

Find out more about the greatest German Actors, including Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, Werner Herzog, Heike Makatsch and Sibel Kekilli

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 1 Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, Germany

Actor and film producer, Bruce Willis, began his career on the off-Broadway stage in the 1970s. In his youth, he was widely regarded as an action hero following his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise. Currently, he plays character roles. He is also a singer and has released a few albums.

 2 Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Michael Fassbender is a critically-acclaimed Irish-German actor best known for playing a sex addict in the psychological erotic drama film Shame. Apart from being an actor, Michael is also a well-known racing driver; he started his auto racing career in 2017 and currently races for Proton Competition in the European Le Mans Series.

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 3 Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel.
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Famous As: Stunt performer
Birthdate: October 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, USA
Died: November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel was an entertainer and stunt performer. He attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps in his career, a feat that gained him much popularity. In 1999, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He was known to be a man of values and actively preached anti-drug messages to youngsters. He also campaigned for motorcycle helmet safety. 

 4 Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich
Werner Herzog, one of the prominent figures of the New German Cinema era, has directed films such as Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, and documentaries such as Grizzly Man. Named to TIME 100, he has written countless books and directed many operas. He was also seen playing The Client in The Mandalorian.

 5 Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Spanish-German actor Daniel Brühl began his career with the soap Verbotene Liebe. Raised trilingual, he is now fluent in six languages. Hollywood knows him best as Fredrick Zoller from Inglourious Basterds, while he first made waves with the German film Good Bye, Lenin! He later co-owned two bars.

 6 Alexander Dreymon

Alexander Dreymon.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germany
Alexander Dreymon is best known for portraying Uhtred of Bebbanburg in The Last Kingdom and Luke Ramsey in American Horror Story: Coven. He has also been seen as Steiner in the war movie Resistance. He is trained in martial arts and is a polyglot who speaks German, English, and French.

 7 LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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 8 Arón Piper

Arón Piper.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Arón Piper is a German-Spanish actor best known for his portrayal of Ander Muñoz in the Spanish thriller teen drama series, Elite. Apart from being an actor, Piper is also a musician. He joined hands with several other musicians to release a single titled Sigo. In 2020, he released another song titled Rosé.

 9 Benedikt Negro

Benedikt Negro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Xanten, Germany

 10 Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany[2]

 11 Cress Williams

Cress Williams.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Cress Williams is an American actor known for his portrayal of Terrence Williams in the popular television series, Living Single. Williams struck a deal with DC Entertainment in 2018 to play Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning in the TV series Black Lightning. He is expected to play the role in future DC Entertainment movies and series featuring Black Lightning.

 12 Thomas Kretschmann

Thomas Kretschmann
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

 13 Tom Wlaschiha

Tom Wlaschiha
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dohna, Germany

 14 Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sopot, Poland
Died: November 23, 1991

 15 Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

 16 Flula Borg

Flula Borg.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erlangen, West Germany

Flula Borg is a German actor, comedian, musician, DJ, and YouTube personality. Despite being a German, Borg has managed to establish himself in the American film and TV industry; he has appeared in films like Pitch Perfect 2 and Bad Therapy. Popular on social media, Flula Borg was named in The Hollywood Reporter magazine's Top 25 Digital Stars list in 2015.

 17 George Dzundza

George Dzundza.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosenheim
Known to fans as Max Greevy from Season 1 of Law & Order, George Dzundza left the show when he realized it would not focus solely on his character. He was born to a Polish father and a Ukrainian mother and had spent his initial years in a refugee camp.

 18 Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

 19 Max Riemelt

Max Riemelt.
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Birthdate: January 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germany

Max Riemelt is a German actor who achieved international recognition after portraying Wolfgang Bogdanow in the popular American science fiction TV series, Sense8. His performance in the series landed him opportunities to play important roles in German as well as international projects, such as Berlin Syndrome and World on Fire.

 20 Horst Buchholz

Horst Buchholz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 3, 2003

 21 Jürgen Prochnow

Jürgen Prochnow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 22 Conrad Veidt

Conrad Veidt.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 3, 1943
Ironically, though he and his wife fled from Nazi Germany to Britain, actor Conrad Veidt was cast as a Nazi villain in quite a few films. Best known for his roles in Casablanca and The Thief of Baghdad, he died playing his favorite sport, golf, at an LA golf course. 

 23 Tobias Santelmann

Tobias Santelmann.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freiburg, Germany

Tobias Santelmann is a German-born Norwegian actor best known for starring in the historical drama film Kon-Tiki. Interested in acting from a young age, he graduated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Since then, he has been employed at The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo. He is also active in the TV and film industries.

 24 Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Photographer, Screenwriter, University teacher
Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf

Wim Wenders is a German filmmaker and playwright. He is considered to be a major figure in New German Cinema.  Buena Vista Social Club and Pina are among his best-known works. He has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Besides filmmaking, he is also active as a photographer and has published several books. 

 25 Udo Kier

Udo Kier
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lindenthal, Germany

 26 Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Famous As: Film maker
Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bad Wörishofen, Germany
Died: June 10, 1982

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a German actor, filmmaker, and playwright. He grew up in the aftermath of World War II and had a tough childhood. He sought solace by watching films and took acting lessons. He began his career in theater and eventually entered films as well. He is considered a prominent figure of the New German Cinema movement. 

 27 Lex Barker

Lex Barker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 1973

 28 Louis Hofmann

Louis Hofmann
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bensberg, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

 29 Max Schreck

Max Schreck
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 20, 1936

 30 Thomas Anders

Thomas Anders
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: March 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Münstermaifeld

Thomas Anders is a German singer and songwriter. He gained prominence as the lead singer of the German duo Modern Talking. He developed an early love for music and began his career when he was a teenager. Despite being talented, he struggled for a few years before he could make it big in the music scene.  

 31 Gert Fröbe

Gert Fröbe.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oberplanitz, Zwickau, Germany
Died: September 5, 1988

German actor Gert Fröbe is best remembered as Auric Goldfinger from the James Bond film Goldfinger and as Baron Bomburst from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He initially gained fame with German films such as Berliner Ballade. He was also part of the Canadian-German series The Little Vampire.

 32 Dieter Laser

Dieter Laser
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: February 29, 2020

 33 Hardy Krüger

Hardy Krüger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wedding, Berlin, Germany

 34 August Diehl

August Diehl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Berlin

 35 Matthias Schweighofer

Matthias Schweighofer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany

 36 David Kross

David Kross
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany

 37 Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia

German film and stage actor, director, painter and author Armin Mueller-Stahl is best-known for playing the abusive father of pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 Australian biographical drama film Shine. The role earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also featured in other films like Utz and made his directorial debut with Conversation with the Beast.

 38 Falk Hentschel

Falk Hentschel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leipzig, East Germany

 39 Numan Acar

Numan Acar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kozoglu, Kelkit District, Turkey

 40 Thorsten Kaye

Thorsten Kaye
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt

 41 Oliver Masucci

Oliver Masucci
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 42 Karl Wallenda

Karl Wallenda
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Famous As: Artist, Circus performer
Birthdate: January 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Magdeburg
Died: March 22, 1978

 43 Gustav Knuth

Gustav Knuth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
Died: February 1, 1987

 44 Ernst Lubitsch

Ernst Lubitsch
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Film editor
Birthdate: January 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: November 30, 1947

 45 Wilhelm von Homburg

Wilhelm von Homburg
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: March 10, 2004

 46 Volker Bruch

Volker Bruch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 47 Henry Brandon

Henry Brandon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 15, 1990

 48 Sophia Thomalla

Sophia Thomalla
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 49 Serkan Çayoğlu

Serkan Çayoğlu
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Germany

 50 Peter Stumpp

Peter Stumpp
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bedburg
Died: October 31, 1589