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
Nationality: German, American

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
Nationality: German, Irish

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 Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
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.

 4 Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel
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Famous As: Stunt performer
Birthdate: October 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, American
Died: November 30, 2007

 5 Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, Spanish

 6 Alexander Dreymon

Alexander Dreymon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
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 Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American
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 8 LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American

 9 Till Lindemann

Till Lindemann
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 10 Arón Piper

Arón Piper
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, Spanish

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.

 11 Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: November 23, 1991

 12 Cress Williams

Cress Williams
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, American

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.

 13 Thomas Kretschmann

Thomas Kretschmann
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

 14 Flula Borg

Flula Borg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

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.

 15 Tom Wlaschiha

Tom Wlaschiha
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 16 Max Riemelt

Max Riemelt
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Birthdate: January 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

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.

 17 Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 18 Peter Kürten

Peter Kürten
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Famous As: Criminal, Serial killer
Birthdate: May 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: July 2, 1931

 19 Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 20 Wim Wenders

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

 21 George Dzundza

George Dzundza
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
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.

 22 Udo Kier

Udo Kier
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German

 23 Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Famous As: Film maker
Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: June 10, 1982

 24 Horst Buchholz

Horst Buchholz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: March 3, 2003

 25 Jürgen Prochnow

Jürgen Prochnow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American

 26 Tobias Santelmann

Tobias Santelmann
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

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.

 27 Gert Fröbe

Gert Fröbe
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
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.

 28 Lex Barker

Lex Barker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American
Died: May 11, 1973

 29 Max Schreck

Max Schreck
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
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
Nationality: German

 31 Numan Acar

Numan Acar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, Turkish

 32 Dieter Laser

Dieter Laser
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: February 29, 2020

 33 Klaus Voormann

Klaus Voormann
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Famous As: Bassist, Painter, Actor, Graphic artist
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 34 Fritz Haarmann

Fritz Haarmann
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: October 25, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: April 15, 1925

 35 August Diehl

August Diehl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 36 Hardy Krüger

Hardy Krüger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 37 David Kross

David Kross
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 38 Falk Hentschel

Falk Hentschel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 39 Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 40 Jens Söring

Jens Söring
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: August 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 41 Thorsten Kaye

Thorsten Kaye
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, British

 42 Karl Wallenda

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

 43 Wilhelm von Homburg

Wilhelm von Homburg
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: March 10, 2004

 44 Peter Stumpp

Peter Stumpp
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: German
Died: October 31, 1589

 45 Gustav Knuth

Gustav Knuth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swiss, German
Died: February 1, 1987

 46 Blixa Bargeld

Blixa Bargeld
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Famous As: Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer, Writer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 47 Alexander Fehling

Alexander Fehling
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 48 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
Nationality: German, American
Died: November 30, 1947

 49 Volker Bruch

Volker Bruch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 50 Tom Schilling

Tom Schilling
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German