German Male Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 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.

 2 Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz
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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 Hans Zimmer

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Famous As: Film score composer
Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

German film score composer and record producer Hans Zimmer has composed music for over 150 films so far. He developed a love for music as a child and started playing professionally when he was in his teens. He eventually ventured into films. He is the recipient of four Grammy Awards and three Classical BRIT Awards.

 4 Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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 Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld
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Famous As: Director, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: February 19, 2019
German fashion magnate Karl Lagerfeld, son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld, had served as the creative director of Chanel and Fendi. He was also a talented photographer and caricaturist, and had a penchant for collecting books. He was known for his signature sunglasses, white hair, fingerless gloves, and detachable collars.  

 6 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.

 7 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. 

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 8 Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner
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Famous As: Composer, conductor, theatre director
Birthdate: May 22, 1813
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: February 13, 1883
German composer and conductor Richard Wagner is best remembered for his operas and music dramas. He explored the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk, which combined many forms of art, including the visual, poetic, and musical. He also established the opera house Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which hosted his works The Ring and Parsifal.

 9 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.

 10 LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
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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.

 11 Mario Gómez

Mario Gómez
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: July 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riedlingen, Germany

Mario Gómez is a German former footballer who played for the Germany national football team between 2007 and 2018, during which he represented Germany in two FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. He was also an important member of the popular club Bayern Munich as he helped the team secure several trophies, such as the UEFA Champions League.

 12 Gerd Müller

Gerd Müller
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Germany
Died: August 15, 2021
German footballer Gerd Müller, also known as "Bomber der Nation," had a successful stint with Bayern Munich. His score of 85 goals in a single year was broken by Lionel Messi after 4 decades. He scored the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

 13 Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
German director/producer Roland Emmerich is best known for his blockbuster disaster/war films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Patriot. The LGBT activist is also openly gay. He is also an avid art collector. He has also worked for women’s rights and environmental causes.

 14 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]

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.

 15 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.

 16 Benedikt Negro

Benedikt Negro
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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.

 17 Shawn Bradley

Shawn Bradley
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Landstuhl, West Germany

 18 Thomas Kretschmann

Thomas Kretschmann
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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.

 19 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

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.

 20 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.

 21 Mike Vrabel

Mike Vrabel
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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: August 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA

 22 William Wyler

William Wyler
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Died: July 27, 1981

 23 Tom Wlaschiha

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

 24 Max Riemelt

Max Riemelt
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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.

 25 Florian Munteanu

Florian Munteanu
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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

 26 Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger
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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.

 27 F. W. Murnau

F. W. Murnau
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: December 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bielefeld, Germany
Died: March 11, 1931

F. W. Murnau was a German film director best remembered for directing the 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, which is widely regarded as a masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema. He also made Hollywood films like Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, which is often counted among the best movies ever made by critics and film directors.

 28 Ernst Lubitsch

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

 29 George Dzundza

George Dzundza
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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.

 30 Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wermelskirchen, Germany
German filmmaker Uwe Boll has faced a lot of backlash for his supposedly poor-quality films, many of which have been crowdfunded. The Golden Raspberry Award-winning director has now moved on to the restaurant business and has also inspired the documentary F*** You All: The Uwe Boll Story

 31 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

 32 Honus Wagner

Honus Wagner
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Famous As: Baseballer
Birthdate: February 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chartiers, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 6, 1955

 33 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

Award-winning Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, who teaches film direction at the Film Academy Vienna, is best-known for films like The Piano Teacher, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. Haneke has made films in English, French and German, and mostly deals with subjects that examine social issues and portrays feelings of individuals facing social alienation in modern society.

 34 Max Richter

Max Richter
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamelin, Germany

German-born British composer Max Richter is known for his experiments with classical music, which he often mingles with contemporary electronica. Apart from performing at sold-out concerts at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, he has also composed for shows such as Black Mirror and Taboo and films such as Hostiles.

 35 Sebastian Koch

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

 36 Gyles Brandreth

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

 37 Jürgen Prochnow

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

 38 Udo Kier

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

 39 Henning Wehn

Henning Wehn
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: April 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Known as the German Comedy Ambassador in London, Henning When initially moved from Germany to the U.K. for a marketing job. A random open mic performance turned his life around. His acts on shows such as The Alternative Comedy Experience have mostly had jokes about German stereotypes.

 40 Frank Farian

Frank Farian
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: July 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kirn, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

German record producer Frank Farian founded iconic pop groups such as Boney M. and No Mercy. He was accused of showcasing attractive dancers as members of Milli Vanilli, while others had actually sung the songs. He has also been associated with groups such as La Bouche and Eruption.

 41 Joachim Peiper

Joachim Peiper
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Famous As: German Schutzstaffel officer
Birthdate: January 30, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 14, 1976
German SS-Obersturmbannführer Joachim Peiper led the 1944 Malmedy killings of U.S. prisoners of war. He worked with Heinrich Himmler during World War II. After a 12-year prison sentence, he started working as a translator in France but was murdered after his real identity as a war criminal was discovered.

 42 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.

 43 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. 

 44 Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

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. 

 45 Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Emden

Wolfgang Petersen is a German film producer, director, and screenwriter. One of the most popular and critically acclaimed German filmmakers of all time, Petersen is credited with directing successful films like In the Line of Fire, Troy, and Outbreak. His 1981 West German war film Das Boot earned him two Academy Award nominations.

 46 Andrew Sachs

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

 47 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

 48 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

 49 Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: February 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

German designer Philipp Plein is best known for his namesake brand of luxury clothing and accessories. While he initially studied law, he later drifted to interior ahd fashion designing. Over the years, he has designed everything from dog leashes to Swarovski-studded military jackets. He has also won multiple GQ awards.

 50 Matthias Schweighofer

Matthias Schweighofer
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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.