Famous German Actors

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

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite German Actors

 1 Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender
5
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.

 2 Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz
8
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.

 3 Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl
4
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.

Recommended Lists:

 4 Alexander Dreymon

Alexander Dreymon
5
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.

 5 Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel
6
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. 

 6 LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
5
Famous As: Actor known for his Roles in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Reading Rainbow"
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Best known for his performances as Kunta Kinte in Roots and Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton is also known for his 23-year stint as the award-winning host of Reading Rainbow. Though he initially aspired to be a Catholic priest, he doesn’t believe in any religion anymore.

 7 Arón Piper

Arón Piper
3
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.

You May Like

 8 Benedikt Negro

Benedikt Negro
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Xanten, Germany

Pantomime and clown Benedikt Negro hails from Germany and began performing at age 9, mastering tricks such as breathing fire, knife throwing, and juggling. Now, the lead attraction of O, the Cirque du Soleil water show, he has also recently worked with famed directors such as James Cameron.

 9 Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh
4
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany[2]

Born to American parents in Germany, Daniel Tosh initially graduated in marketing and began his career as a telemarketer. He later began performing in comedy clubs and scored a breakthrough on the Late Show with David Letterman. He has also appeared in The Love Guru and even had his own show, Tosh.0.

 10 Thomas Kretschmann

Thomas Kretschmann
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

While he initially trained to be an Olympic swimmer, Thomas Kretschmann turned to acting at age 25. Surprisingly, he was typecast as a Nazi officer and ended up playing one in 11 films, including The Pianist. He first gained fame with his Max Ophüls Prize-winning role in Der Mitwisser.

 11 Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sopot, Poland
Died: November 23, 1991

Though German actor Klaus Kinski had gained fame with his stellar performances in the films of Werner Herzog, he had also been in the news for his eccentricity and volatile nature. He was once admitted to psychiatric facility for attempting to kill his sponsor, and his own daughter accused him of abuse.

 12 Flula Borg

Flula Borg
3
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.

 13 Tom Wlaschiha

Tom Wlaschiha
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dohna, Germany

 14 Florian Munteanu

Florian Munteanu
0
Famous As: Actor known for his role of the boxer Viktor Drago in Creed 2, the son of former Soviet boxer Ivan Drago, from 1985's Rocky IV
Birthdate: October 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

 15 Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Til Schweiger is a German actor, filmmaker, and voice actor. Apart from playing important roles in German films, Schweiger has also appeared in several American films, such as Investigating Sex, King Arthur, and Already Dead. Til Schweiger is credited with establishing a production company named Barefoot Films.

 16 Max Riemelt

Max Riemelt
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Berlin, 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.

 17 George Dzundza

George Dzundza
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Germany
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 Horst Buchholz

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

 19 Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth
3
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany

 20 Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

 21 Udo Kier

Udo Kier
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lindenthal, Germany

 22 Jürgen Prochnow

Jürgen Prochnow
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 23 Tobias Santelmann

Tobias Santelmann
2
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 Conrad Veidt

Conrad Veidt
2
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. 

 25 Lex Barker

Lex Barker
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 1973

 26 Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 23, 2016

 27 Max Schreck

Max Schreck
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 20, 1936

 28 Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
3
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. 

 29 Matthias Schweighofer

Matthias Schweighofer
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany

Matthias Schweighofer is a German actor, film director, voice actor, and producer. Over the course of his career, Schweighofer has received several prestigious awards like the German Television Prize, Adolf Grimme Award, and Bavarian Film Award. Matthias Schweighofer is also a fashion enthusiast; he is credited with co-founding a fashion label named German Garment along with television presenter Joko Winterscheidt.

 30 Samuel E. Wright

Samuel E. Wright
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina, United States

Two-time Tony-nominated actor Samuel E. Wright is best known for his performances in The Lion King and The Tap Dance Kid. Fans also know him as the voice of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, and his track Under the Sea, from the movie, won an Academy Award.

 31 Louis Hofmann

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

 32 David Kross

David Kross
2
Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany

 33 Curd Jürgens

Curd Jürgens
2
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.  

 34 Hardy Krüger

Hardy Krüger
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wedding, Berlin, Germany

 35 Gert Fröbe

Gert Fröbe
2
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.

 36 Chris Barrie

Chris Barrie
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

Born to an armyman father, Chris Barrie worked as a grave filler after dropping out of college. He then got a break on a TV show. Best known for his portrayal of Arnold Rimmer in the series Red Dwarf, he also gained fame with the BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire.

 37 August Diehl

August Diehl
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Berlin

 38 Sophia Thomalla

Sophia Thomalla
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 39 Dieter Laser

Dieter Laser
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: February 29, 2020

 40 Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl
2
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.

 41 Numan Acar

Numan Acar
13
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kozoglu, Kelkit District, Turkey

Numan Acar is a Turkish-German film producer and actor. A civil engineer by profession, Acar chose acting in the late 1990s and started appearing in German and Turkish films. In 2007, he began his own production company Acar Entertainment, which produces German-Turkish movies. Numan Acar achieved international fame in 2019 when he played Dmitri Smerdyakov in Spider-Man: Far From Home. 

 42 Falk Hentschel

Falk Hentschel
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leipzig, East Germany

Falk Hentschel is a German dancer, actor, and choreographer. Best known for his work in the American film industry, Hentschel has played important roles in movies like Transcendence and White House Down. He earned international recognition when he played Hawkman in DC's Legends of Tomorrow in 2016.   

 43 Thorsten Kaye

Thorsten Kaye
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

 44 Oliver Masucci

Oliver Masucci
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 45 Ernst Lubitsch

Ernst Lubitsch
2
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 30, 1947

 46 Peter Stumpp

Peter Stumpp
2
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bedburg
Died: October 31, 1589

 47 Ingo Rademacher

Ingo Rademacher
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iserlohn, Germany

 48 Karl Wallenda

Karl Wallenda
2
Famous As: Artist, Circus performer
Birthdate: January 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Magdeburg
Died: March 22, 1978

 49 Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings
2
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.   

 50 Wilhelm von Homburg

Wilhelm von Homburg
2
Famous As: Boxer, actor, and professional wrestler known for his villainous supporting roles in various high-profile films of the 1980s and 1990s
Birthdate: August 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: March 10, 2004