Famous People Born In Munich

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Franz Beckenbauer
(One of the Greatest Football Players in the History of the Sport)
Franz Beckenbauer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 7, 2024
German former footballer Franz Beckenbauer spent most of his career with Bayern Munich, winning championships such as the European Cup. He won the World Cup for West Germany twice, first as a player in 1974 and then as a manager in 1990. He was also a Sky Germany analyst.
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Werner Herzog
(German Film Director Regarded as a Pioneer of 'New German Cinema')
Werner Herzog
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Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.
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Philipp Lahm
(German Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Full-Back)
Philipp Lahm
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Richard Georg Strauss
(Considered a Leading Composer of The Late Romantic & Early Modern Eras)
Richard Georg Strauss
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 11, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 8, 1949

Richard Georg Strauss was a German conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist. Renowned for his pioneering subtleties of orchestration, Strauss is generally regarded as a modernist, although he was initially considered a conservative, backwards-looking composer. Over the years, his music has influenced other prominent composers like Béla Viktor János Bartók, Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Edward Elgar, and Benjamin Britten.

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Empress Elisabeth of Austria
(Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary from 1854 to 1898)
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
8
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 10, 1898

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was Queen of Hungary and Empress of Austria from 1854 to 1898, making her the longest-reigning Austrian empress. Often visiting Hungary for its relaxed environment, Elisabeth developed a deep kinship with Hungary, which in turn helped her influence the rise of the dual monarchy of Austria–Hungary in 1867.

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Jeri Ryan
(Actress)
Jeri Ryan
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Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Rob Pilatus
(German Singer, Rapper and Member of the Pop Music Group ‘Milli Vanilli’)
Rob Pilatus
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 3, 1998

German model, dancer, and singer, Rob Pilatus, was a member of the pop music duo, Milli Vanilli, with Fabrice Morvan. As an interracial child growing up in Munich, he had a difficult childhood. He began working as a model as a teenager and soon ventured into music. He struggled with substance abuse and died at the age of 32.

 8 
Lisa Vicari
(Actress)
Lisa Vicari
1
Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Lou Bega
(German Singer Best Known for His 1999 Song 'Mambo No.5')
Lou Bega
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries

Lou Bega became an overnight sensation with the 1999 international chartbuster Mambo No. 5, based on Pérez Prado's 1949 original. Born in Germany, Lou was the son of a Ugandan father and a Sicilian mother. Initially inspired by rap and R&B, he deviated to mambo music after a trip to Miami.

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Alicia von Rittberg
(German Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Ida Lenze’ in the TV Series ‘Charité’ and Film 'Fury')
Alicia von Rittberg
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Birthdate: December 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Alicia von Rittberg is a German actress who achieved international fame after playing Emma in the 2014 American war film, Fury. An acclaimed actress in Germany, Alicia von Rittberg is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Bambi Award, which she won for her portrayal of Ida Lenze in the German drama TV series, Charité.

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Franz Marc
(German Painter, Printmaker and One of the Key Figures of German Expressionism)
Franz Marc
1
Birthdate: February 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 4, 1916

Best known as one of the founders of the German Expressionist group The Blue Rider, German painter Franz Marc mostly depicted animals through his works. The Tower of Blue Horses and Yellow Cow are two of his notable works. Children and the mentally disabled also appeared as his subjects.

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Carl Orff
(German Composer Known for His Cantata 'Carmina Burana')
Carl Orff
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 29, 1982

German composer Carl Orff is remembered for his work in operas and his innovative music education system, which relied on group exercises and playing percussion instruments. A man who had started training in music at 5, Orff later co-founded the Günther School to impart lessons in dance, music, and gymnastics.

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Michael Haneke
(Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher)
Michael Haneke
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Birthdate: March 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries

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.

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Eva Braun
(Mistress and Later Wife of Adolf Hitler)
Eva Braun
91
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 30, 1945
Eva Braun was a long-time companion of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. She was previously Nazi photographer Heinrich Hoffman’s assistant. Hitler and Eva got married just 40 hours before committing suicide together. Eva apparently ingested cyanide, while Hitler shot himself, at the Führerbunker, as the Red Army marched into Berlin.
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Franz, Duke of Bavaria
(Duke)
Franz, Duke of Bavaria
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Ludwig II of Bavaria
(King of Bavaria (1864 - 1886))
Ludwig II of Bavaria
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 13, 1886

Ludwig II of Bavaria reigned as the King of Bavaria from 10 March 1864 until his death on 13 June 1886. He is best remembered for overseeing the construction of lavish palaces like Linderhof Palace, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Herrenchiemsee. This extravagance brought about his downfall as he was declared insane, which remains a subject of discussion.

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Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria
(Prince)
Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 2, 1955
 18 
Janine Chang
(Actress)
Janine Chang
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Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 19 
Lilly Krug
(Actress)
Lilly Krug
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Birthdate: June 5, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Julia Fischer
(German Classical Violinist and Pianist)
Julia Fischer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini

One of the greatest classical violinists of the 21st century, Julia Fischer is also a skilled pianist. She first gained fame with her performances with conductor Lorin Maazel in New York. The German musician had started learning the violin at age 3 and the piano at age 4.

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Tracey E. Bregman
(Actress)
Tracey E. Bregman
5
Birthdate: March 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Ferdinand Schörner
(General)
Ferdinand Schörner
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 2, 1973
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Jonas Kaufmann
(German Operatic Tenor Best Known for the Versatility of His Repertoire)
Jonas Kaufmann
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer

German opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann is best known for his versatility. Born to music lover parents, he grew up listening to his father’s collection of classical music. Dropping out of a math course in university, he opted for music instead. He is best known for his performance in Don Carlos.

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Thomas Hitzlsperger
(German Director of Football and Former Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Thomas Hitzlsperger
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Walter Sickert
(Painter)
Walter Sickert
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Birthdate: May 31, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 22, 1942

Part of the Camden Town Group of painters, who showcased both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, German-born British painter Walter Sickert liked painting both people and scenes. His work Jack the Ripper's Bedroom gave rise to speculations that he could have been either the killer or his accomplice.

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Frank Shorter
(American Former Long-distance Runner Olympic Gold Medalists)
Frank Shorter
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Gretl Braun
(German Secretary)
Gretl Braun
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 10, 1987
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Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
(Aristocrat)
Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
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Birthdate: August 30, 1808
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 25, 1892
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Nadia Hilker
(Actress)
Nadia Hilker
2
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Josef Kramer
(Military officer)
Josef Kramer
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 13, 1945
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Elyas M'Barek
(Austrian Actor)
Elyas M'Barek
3
Birthdate: May 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Alice Sara Ott
(Classical pianist)
Alice Sara Ott
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo

German-Japanese classical pianist Alice Sara Ott began learning the piano at age 5. At 13, she was the youngest finalist of the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition ever. She has also designed bags and app stickers. In 2019, she announced on Instagram that she had been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

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Fabian Johnson
(Footballer Who Plays as a Fullback and Wide Midfielder)
Fabian Johnson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Ernst Hanfstaengl
(Former German-American businessman and close friend of Adolf Hitler)
Ernst Hanfstaengl
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 6, 1975
 35 
Markus Babbel
(German Professional Football Coach and Former Player)
Markus Babbel
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 36 
Isabeau of Bavaria
(Queen)
Isabeau of Bavaria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1370 AD
Died: September 24, 1435
 37 
Denis Johnson
(Novelist, Poet)
Denis Johnson
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 24, 2017
 38 
Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
(Lawyer, Businessman)
Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 39 
Carl McCunn
(American Wildlife Photographer)
Carl McCunn
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: January 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 18, 1981
 40 
Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
(Emperor)
Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: April 1, 1282
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 11, 1347
 41 
Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg
(Princess)
Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 42 
Otto of Bavaria
(King)
Otto of Bavaria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 11, 1916
 43 
Jennifer Teege
(Writer)
Jennifer Teege
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Volker Bruch
(Actor)
Volker Bruch
1
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Wassily Leontief
(Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)
Wassily Leontief
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Birthdate: August 5, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 5, 1999
Wassily Leontief was a Soviet-American economist best remembered for his work on input-output analysis, which earned him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1973. He has also contributed to other areas of economics like international trade. The Global Development and Environment Institute has established the Leontief Prize in his honor; the award is presented every year to deserving candidates.
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Martina Gedeck
(Actress)
Martina Gedeck
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Birthdate: September 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Marianne Koch
(German Actress Best Known for Her Appearances in Spaghetti Westerns and Adventure Films of the 1960s)
Marianne Koch
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Birthdate: August 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo

Known for her roles in numerous German films like Des Teufels General, Heldinnen, and Hollywood cinemas like Four Girls in Town, Interlude and A Fistful of Dollars,, actress Marianne Koch was also successful television host, serving as a panelist in Was bin ich for many years. Also a qualified doctor, she served as a specialist for internal medicine in Munich.

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Karim Adeyemi
(German Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Karim Adeyemi
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jonathan Klinsmann
(American Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Jonathan Klinsmann
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Gedeon Burkhard
(Actor)
Gedeon Burkhard
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Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)