Famous Swiss Actors

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Sean Hepburn Ferrer
(Film Producer)
Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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Bruno Ganz
(Swiss Stage, Television, and Film Actor)
Bruno Ganz
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Birthdate: March 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: February 16, 2019

Bruno Ganz was a Swiss actor best remembered for his collaborations with acclaimed directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Werner Herzog, and Wim Wenders. Ganz achieved immense popularity for his performance in movies like The American Friend and Nosferatu the Vampyre. Bruno Ganz was the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Swiss Film Prize and the European Film Award.

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Maximilian Schell
(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")
Maximilian Schell
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Birthdate: December 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

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Daniel Bernhardt
(Swiss Actor, Model, and Martial Artist Best Known for His Role as ‘Kirill’ in ‘John Wick')
Daniel Bernhardt
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Birthdate: August 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Worblaufen, Switzerland

While he initially studied architectural design, Daniel Bernhardt also co-owned a martial arts center with his brother. He later worked as a model in Paris, before stepping into films. Known for his roles in action films such as the Bloodsport franchise, he was later seen as Agent Johnson in The Matrix Reloaded.

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Jake Canuso
(Swiss Stage, Television, and Film Actor)
Jake Canuso
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Jake Canuso is a Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Mateo Castellanos in the comedy TV series, Benidorm. Canuso is also known for playing Tony Peroni in another comedy TV series titled Scarborough. Apart from appearing on TV, films, and stage, Jake Canuso has also appeared on music videos of popular artists like Spice Girls and Kylie Minogue.

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Gustav Knuth
(German Actor)
Gustav Knuth
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Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
Died: February 1, 1987

Gustav Knuth was a German actor who appeared in over 120 movies between 1935 and 1982. Some of his best-known films include My Daughter and I, You Don't Shoot at Angels, and That Can Happen to Anyone. Gustav Knuth also played an important role in the TV series Alle meine Tiere.

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Vincent Perez
(Swiss Actor, Photographer, and Director)
Vincent Perez
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Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Vincent Perez is a Swiss actor, photographer, and director. He is best known for playing important roles in films like The Crow: City of Angels and Queen of the Damned. Vincent Perez has also played prominent roles in many French films, receiving César Award nominations on a couple of occasions.

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Anatole Taubman
(Swiss Actor Best Known for His Performance in the Movie 'Quantum of Solace')
Anatole Taubman
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Birthdate: December 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Anatole Taubman is a Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Elvis in the 2008 spy film, Quantum of Solace. He has also played important roles in other popular films like Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Northmen: A Viking Saga, and The Circle.

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David Bennent
(Swiss Actor)
David Bennent
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Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

David Bennent is a Swiss actor who made his film acting debut in 1979 with the controversial film The Tin Drum. The movie attracted criticisms as an 11-year-old Bennent was shown in sex scenes. Since then, Bennent has appeared in several other films such as Legend and Happy as Lazzaro. David Bennent has also appeared in plays like Michael Kramer.

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Joel Basman
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Birthdate: January 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Joel Basman is a Swiss actor. He began his career as a teenager with a role in the weekly soap opera Lüthi und Blanc. A few years later, he gained much fame for playing an autistic boy in the film Jimmie. While pursuing his acting career, he also completed his training at the European Film Actor School.  

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Max Hubacher
(Swiss Actor)
Max Hubacher
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Birthdate: October 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Max Hubacher is a Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Willi Herold in the 2017 historical drama film, The Captain. Active since 2010, Max Hubacher was honored with the Shooting Stars Award in 2012.

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James Thiérrée
(Circus performer)
James Thiérrée
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Birthdate: May 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Born to circus-owner parents, James Thiérrée began performing on stage at age 4. He later stepped into theater and films and gained international fame with his César Award-winning portrayal of George Foottit in the film Chocolat. He is also the grandson of legendary comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

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Urs Fischer
(Sculptor, Painter)
Urs Fischer
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Birthdate: May 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Switzerland

Swiss conceptual artist Urs Fischer uses sculptures and installations to explore themes traditionally associated with painting, such as nudes and still lifes. His artworks, such as What if the Phone Rings, are often self-destructing. He had initially worked as a bouncer in clubs to support his photography lessons.

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Max Miedinger
(Swiss Typeface Designer)
Max Miedinger
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Birthdate: December 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: March 8, 1980

Max Miedinger was a Swiss typeface designer who achieved international fame after creating the Helvetica typeface in 1957. Initially named Neue Haas Grotesk, the typeface was renamed Helvetica in 1960. Helvetica achieved global success after being marketed as a symbol of Swiss technology.

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Mario Adorf
(German Actor Who is Regarded as One of the Finest Character Actors of European Cinema)
Mario Adorf
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Birthdate: September 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Mario Adorf is a German actor best known for having played supporting and leading roles in more than 200 film and television productions. He is widely regarded as one of the finest character actors of European cinema. Apart from being an actor, Mario Adorf is also known as a successful author.

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Michel Simon
(Swiss-French Theatre and Film Actor)
Michel Simon
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Birthdate: April 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: May 30, 1975

Michel Simon was a Swiss-French actor best remembered for playing important roles in many successful French films like La Chienne, L'Atalante, and Boudu Saved from Drowning. In 1967, he was honored at the Berlin International Film Festival with the Silver Bear for Best Actor for his performance in the comedy-drama film, The Two of Us.

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Panos Mouzourakis
(Singer-songwriter)
Panos Mouzourakis
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Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss-born Greek singer-actor Panos Mouzourakis is best known for his roles in the Greek series S1ngles and 4. He had first gained attention with the play Acharnis, which toured around the globe. He has also lent his voice to the Greek version of the hit Disney animated film Frozen.

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Carlos Leal
(Swiss Actor and Rapper)
Carlos Leal
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Birthdate: July 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Carlos Leal is a Swiss actor and rapper. He is best known for co-founding a Hip hop group named Sens Unik, which contributed music to films like La Haine and Neutre. Carlos Leal decided to pursue an acting career in the late-1990s and trained under Jack Garfein in Paris. Since then, he has appeared in popular films like Casino Royale.

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Thomas Jouannet
(Swiss Actor)
Thomas Jouannet
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Birthdate: September 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

Thomas Jouannet is a Swiss actor who started his theatrical career in Paris, where he was trained by Jean Périmony. Subsequently, he was cast in several French TV movies and TV series before making his film debut in 2004 with the movie Tout pour l'oseille.

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Alain Souchon
(Singer-songwriter)
Alain Souchon
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Birthdate: May 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Widely known as the man who popularized French pop music, Alain Souchon explored both personal and political themes with his music. The 7-time Victoires de la musique award winner soared to fame with the phenomenal 1993 hit Foule sentimentale. He has also appeared in a few films.

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Yves Rénier
(French Actor, Screenwriter, Director, and Voice Actor)
Yves Rénier
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Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berne, Switzerland

Yves Rénier was a French actor, screenwriter, director, and voice actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Commissioner Jean-Paul Moulin in the long running TV series, Commissaire Moulin. Over the course of his career, Yves Rénier also voiced important characters in the French dubbed version of popular American films.

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Hardy Krüger Jr.
(Actor & Son of the Famous German Actor 'Hardy Kruger')
Hardy Krüger Jr.
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Birthdate: May 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lugano, Switzerland

Hardy Krüger Jr. is a German actor best known as the son of the famous German actor and writer, Hardy Krüger. Apart from appearing in several international productions like Le Cocu magnifique and Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar, Hardy Krüger Jr. also serves as a UNICEF ambassador to fight against child prostitution.

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Paul Hubschmid
(Swiss Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Henry Higgins' in the Musical 'My Fair Lady')
Paul Hubschmid
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Birthdate: July 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schoenenwerd, Switzerland
Died: December 31, 2001

Paul Hubschmid was a Swiss actor best remembered for his portrayal of Henry Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady. He also appeared in several television series and films between 1938 and 1991. Paul Hubschmid mostly appeared in German films and TV series.

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Gregoire Aslan
(Swiss-Armenian Musician and Actor)
Gregoire Aslan
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Birthdate: March 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: January 8, 1982

Gregoire Aslan was a Swiss-Armenian musician and actor. He started his career as a vocalist, drummer, and trumpeter with a Paris dance band before establishing himself as an actor. He then achieved popularity for playing foreign characters in many American and British films. Apart from appearing in films and TV series, Gregoire Aslan also appeared on stage productions.

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Darius Sinathrya
(Indonesian Actor Best Known for His Role in the Movie 'Nagabonar 2')
Darius Sinathrya
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Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kloten, Switzerland

Darius Sinathrya is a Swiss-born Indonesian actor, model, and TV performer. He is best known for playing the supporting role of Pomo in the 2007 comedy film Nagabonar 2. Sinathrya has also hosted popular programs like the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Super Family Quiz. Darius Sinathrya is also a futsal manager and sport presenter.

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Daniel Spoerri
(Painter, Choreographer, University teacher)
Daniel Spoerri
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Birthdate: March 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galați

Romanian-born Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri is best known for creating snare-pictures, which consist of object bits, usually tableware, attached to a board and put up on the wall. Interestingly, he had initially studied classical dance and had even been the State Opera of Bern’s lead dancer. He is associated with the Fluxus movement.

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Robert Freitag
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Birthdate: April 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 8, 2010
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Eugeniusz Bodo
(Film Producer, Director and One of the Most Famous Polish Comedians and Actors of the Interwar Period)
Eugeniusz Bodo
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Birthdate: December 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: possibly in Geneva, Switzerland
Died: October 7, 1943

Eugeniusz Bodo was a film producer and director. He was also one of the most famous Polish comedians and actors of the interwar period. He played important roles in some of the most famous Polish movies of the 1930s. Also renowned for his singing skills, Eugeniusz Bodo became a star of Polish musical comedy.

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Dani Levy
(Swiss Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Actor, and Theatrical Director)
Dani Levy
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Birthdate: November 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Dani Levy is a Swiss filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, and theatrical director. He is credited with directing critically acclaimed films like Stille Nacht and Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler. Dani Levy is also credited with co-founding a German production company named X Filme Creative Pool.

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Patrick Nuo
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Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
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Vico Torriani
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Birthdate: September 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: February 25, 1998
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Curt Goetz
(Actor, Film Director and One of the Best German Comedy Writers of His Generation)
Curt Goetz
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Birthdate: November 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: September 11, 1960

Curt Goetz was a Swiss German actor, film director, and writer. Widely considered one of the best German comedy writers of his generation, Goetz is also known for appearing in his own plays alongside his wife Valérie von Martens. In addition to writing plays, Curt Goetz also wrote novels and autobiographies.

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Lukas Ammann
(Swiss Actor Who Played the Title Role in the Popular German TV Series 'Graf Yoster')
Lukas Ammann
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Birthdate: September 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: May 3, 2017

Lukas Ammann was a Swiss actor best remembered for his contribution to Swiss and German film and TV industries. He achieved immense popularity for his portrayal of the title role in the popular German TV series, Graf Yoster. Lukas Ammann is also remembered for playing the lead role of Wilhelm Faller in a TV series named Die Fallers– Eine Schwarzwaldfamilie.

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Ivan Desny
(Actor)
Ivan Desny
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Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beijing Peking, China
Died: April 13, 2002
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Max Haufler
(Film actor)
Max Haufler
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Birthdate: June 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: June 25, 1965

Remembered as the first Swiss actor to make it big in Hollywood, Max Haufler was initially trained as a painter. Known for his iconic roles such as those of Barbarossa in Hinter den sieben Gleisen, he also turned to direction. Failing to raise money for an ambitious project, he eventually hung himself.

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Heinrich Gretler
(Film actor)
Heinrich Gretler
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Birthdate: October 1, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: September 30, 1977
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Sigfrit Steiner
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Birthdate: October 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: March 21, 1988
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Walo Lüönd
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Birthdate: April 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zug, Switzerland
Died: June 17, 2012
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Emil Hegetschweiler
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Birthdate: October 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich, Switerland
Died: October 1, 1959
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Arben Biba
(Actor)
Arben Biba
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Pristina, Kosovo
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Pinkas Braun
(Film actor)
Pinkas Braun
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Birthdate: January 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: June 24, 2008